Designing Weavers, a nationally recognized group of fiber artists, is a vital organization with a long history of encouraging excellence in the fiber community. All members are juried into the group and actively participate in the organization while striving to improve their individual level of creative achievement.

Designing Weavers began in the early 1970s with a small group of women coming together to share their knowledge of weaving. The group continues to be a strong force in the art and design community and contains a number of nationally known fiber teachers, artists and designers.

A benefit of membership is the camaraderie with other respected fiber artists, many of whom attribute advances in their work to inspiration gained from the group dialogues. The members’ interactions often provide insights into methods of meeting artistic challenges and discovering new ways of working. A yearly project offers opportunities to grow and develop as an artist. Hearing how other members approach a new work, make plans, develop the piece, overcome difficulties met along the way, and create a display mechanism is very inspirational and fuels their collective creativity. Honing personal presentation skills
among friendly colleagues and getting constructive feedback is an added benefit.

Designing Weavers continues to be dynamic by encouraging individual development and providing opportunities to showcase the group’s collective work. The stability and strength of Designing Weavers comes from the accomplishments and commitments of the diverse membership.

Do you wonder whether you have what it takes to be a Designing Weaver? Come to a meeting to find out!

Fiber artists interested in joining Designing Weavers must visit a business meeting, held the fourth Wednesday of the month, September to June (no meeting in December). Our meetings are currently held in Manhattan Beach, California. The meetings are in the evening from 6:00 – 9pm with a pot luck dinner at 5:00 pm.

After attending one meeting, any fiber artist who wishes to be considered for membership should email an application form, short resume of their fiber art experience along with photographs (not slides) to the Membership Chair. The Designing Weavers board will review the application and the artist will be informed by the Membership chair of their decision. Regular meeting attendance is required throughout the year in order to maintain membership.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Deborah Heyman, Membership Chair at



Designing Weavers is currently seeking artists who:
• Enjoy sharing their joy of fiber with others
• Whose fiber creations have a sense of style and expertise
• Who wish to take a professional approach to their art
• And want to be challenged to take their work to a higher level.

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