|Fibers and Beyond
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The Whatcom Weavers Guild presents the 2017 Fibers & Beyond Conference and Sale at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, Washington. This event includes a Keynote Address on Coast Salish Weaving with Dr. Susan Pavel, 9 classes and workshops, the popular Annual Whatcom Weavers Guild Sale and the Fibers & Beyond Exhibit.

This event takes place from Tuesday, October 10 through Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Keynote Address takes place Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm.

The Fibers & Beyond Exhibit opens prior to the conference, on Thursday, September 7 with an artist reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The Opening Reception is free and open to the public.



View all the Textile Classes and Workshops on a calendar.


Coast Salish Weaving , Dr. Susan Pavel.
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 PM


  • Salish Twill or Twining and Lichen Dyeing with Dr. Susan Pavel
  • Painted Warp and Crackle Weave with Liz Moncrief
  • Felted Hat, Felted Flower Vase and Felted Bowls with Donna Hunter
  • Powerful Color for Weavers and Over and Under with Gail Harker
  • Rigid Heddle with Susan Torntore

Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM FREE

The purpose of the show is to provide education on fiber arts, and offer for sale,handcrafted items made by members of both the Whatcom Weavers Guild and the Spindrifters. The Whatcom Weavers Guild has more information on their website: Find the 2017 Acceptance Criteria here and the Entry Form here.

September 7 – December 1
Opening Reception: Sept. 7, 6-8 PM

Our partner, The Inn At Lynden, will have special room rates available for conference participants.  Please call the Inn at 360-746-8597 for reservations and let them know you are part of the conference.



Dr. Susan Pavel – sa’hLa mitSa, first learned to weave in the Coast Salish style during the summer of 1996.  Her master teacher was subiyay – Bruce Miller of the Skokomish Nation.  Each summer she would take three full months to produce one ceremonial blanket and then gift it to various elders of the tribe.  By the fourth year it was suggested to sell her creations and she started along that path.  By the seventh year she was invited to teach weaving classes and has taught well over 1,800 students to date.  She has participated and later solo exhibited seven museum exhibits.   With public and private collectors across the nation she continues to weave, when the spirit calls her to weave – she is obedient to the call.  2016 marked 20 Years of Coast Salish Weaving for her and more importantly – SQ3Tsya’yay – Weaver’s Spirit Power.


Gail lived and taught City & Guilds Creative Studies in Britain for 20 years, and was, for many years, an External Verifier for the City & Guilds Institute.  Gail has taught and continues to teach all of the Certificate Courses in Design and Embroidery at the La Conner center. She has written five books on embroidery, with her latest, Creative Machine Embroidery, recently published in both Britain and the US.


Donna Hunter  fell in love with felt making when she took a class in 1995.  She has been teaching feltmaking since then – more frequently now in her retirement. She also attends felting classes given by internationally known felters at weavers and spinners conferences.  Donna is a member of the Whatcom Weavers Guild.


During her career with the US Forest Service, Liz also maintained a small business of spinning, weaving, dyeing and fiber arts and has exhibited several woven pieces in Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington art galleries. She has offered workshops at the Estes Park Wool Market, Intermountain Weavers Conference, NWRSA Conference, Fiber Fusion, the Central Oregon Weavers and Spinners Guild to name only a few.

Liz is regularly published in Handwoven Magazine under the Yarn Lab feature article, where she gets to explore new yarns and dyeing methods. She also focusses her efforts on teaching weaving and dyeing in her small studio at www.aweaversway.com


Susan Torntore is a weaver and knitter, educator, textile curator, lecturer, and author, specializing in textile history and the cultural perspectives of textiles and clothing. She first learned to weave, in 1969, on a small rigid heddle frame loom, in a class with Adele Cahlander at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota. She went on to study fiber art with Walter Knottingham in River Falls WI and Karen Vanderpool at Seattle’s Factory of Visual Arts. She has taught weaving and fiber art at The Factory, Weaving Works, University of Minnesota, and University of Idaho. Although she also works on more complex looms, she still loves the intimacy and immediacy of weaving on rigid heddle. As a dyer, she explores color and pattern in yarns and textiles through natural and commercial dyes, and has designed and grown natural dye gardens for teaching and personal use. Indigo and shibori resist dye techniques, and the Japanese rag weaving technique called sakiori are favorites. Susan is a member of the Skagit Valley and Whatcom Weavers Guilds, and serves on the board of Whatcom Weavers Guild.


Cancellation & Refund Policies:

The Jansen Art Center reserves the right to cancel classes with low enrollment. If a class has not reached its minimum enrollment at least one day prior to the class start date, it will be cancelled. We encourage early registration to ensure that classes reach minimum enrollment. All registrants will be notified prior to to start date it is canceled.•


  • Full refunds will be issued to all participants if JAC must cancel a class due to low enrollment.
  • To cancel a registration, please contact the Registrar by phone (360)354-3600 or by email: cindy@www.jansenartcenter.org.
  • If you cancel your registration at least one week prior to the start of class, you will be issued a full refund.
  • If you cancel a registration less than a week prior to the class, you are entitled to a full credit that can be applied toward any JAC class.
  • Please note that this has no cash value and cannot be exchanged for any other JAC merchandise or services.
  • No refunds or credits will be given for a cancellation within 48 hours prior to the start of a class. Refunds based on special circumstances must be submitted for approval and are not guaranteed.

Registration Fee: The registration fee for each workshop or class varies. Check each class for the amount. Jansen Art Center members receive early access to registration and a 10% discount on the registration fee. Become a member and save!

Materials Fee: Some classes may require special supplies for the class project. These items may be hard to find or expensive and often the instructor can purchase “in bulk” for a lesser price. The material fee under the class description will need to be payable to the Instructor on the first day of the session. Sometimes, an instructor will provide a supply list and ask students to supply their own materials.


The Jansen Art Center strives to provide a comfortable and supportive learning environment for all students attending classes at the J. Part of this effort is to ensure that all classes are skill-level and age appropriate for attendees. Accordingly, J classes are generally classified and identified by age as follows:

  • Adult           16 years of age and above
  • Teen            13 to 18 years of a
  • Kids             Each class has a specific age range designated

In some instances, a class may be offered with a special age range designation, which would be indicated in the class description.

Prospective students may request an age-related exception for a class if their skill level and demeanor warrants. The class instructor has sole discretion in approving or rejecting such requests.  All requests for an age exception should be addressed by phone at (360)354-3600.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the J registrar, Cindy Wadkins, at cindy@www.jansenartcenter.org or (360)354-3600.

Ways to Register

Register online: Click “Add to cart” for the desired classes to begin the registration process. If you need assistance, please call 360-354-3600.

Phone registration: Call 360-354-3600. Please have your credit card, billing information and name of class ready.

Walk-in registration: Payment may be made by credit card or check in the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center, Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am – 5pm.

Register early! Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be canceled. Refunds will be given for classes canceled by the Jansen Art Center and you will be notified of cancellation by phone or email.

Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print what ever, suddenly I would see a collection.

— Anna Sui