Who We Are

A Brief History

Columbia FiberArts Guild is a group of fiber artists from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Makers of all types of fiber art are included.

The purpose of Columbia FiberArts Guild is to set and maintain high standards of design, color, and workmanship in all forms of fiber art. Its aims are to educate in the methods of creative fiber techniques and to stimulate interest therein with the community.

The first meeting of the Guild took place on June 5, 1969, with 39 women in attendance. Over the years, the number of members has varied from 40 to over 300. The Guild has at times been affiliated with the Embroiderer's Guild of America and has gone by several names, including over 20 years as Columbia Stitchery Guild. The Guild has always provided exhibitions, interest groups, area groups, speakers, and workshops for its members. Columbia FiberArts Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.

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2019-2020 Officers and Committee Chairs

President: Gloria Richardson

Past President: Paula Benjaminson

President-Elect: Cheri Jolivette

Secretary: Kristina Hodgetts

Treasurer: Joanne Carpenter

Publicity: open

Membership: Margaret Blake and Christina Brown

Programs: Laura Fendel, Laura Lehrhoff

Programs Elect: Karen Miller

Newsletter: Deb Sorem

Exhibits: open

Webmaster: Judith Quinn Garnett

Outreach: Kathie Kerler

Historian: Lynn Deal

Past Presidents

For more information please contact the CFG President,
Gloria Richardson at

Current CFG Bylaws

Current CFG Standing Rules

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Special Interest Groups

CFG has multiple small subgroups for specific interests. Membership in CFG is required to join these groups. For more information, see contacts listed below.

High Fiber Diet

High Fiber Diet is a group of fiber artists committed to advancing their art professionally. HFD actively searches for exhibit venues, and members have the opportunity to submit work for juried group exhibitions. High Fiber Diet members challenge themselves to become more educated about art and design principles and to improve creatively on an individual basis. The group meets 7 times per year. Meetings are at 1:30pm in the months of February, April, May, July, August, October, and November at Crossroads Community Church at 2505 NE 102nd Ave, Portland, OR. Meetings usually include a discussion topic, updates on current and upcoming exhibits, and sharing of members' current work.

For more information about the group, check the HFD blog or contact Elizabeth Bamberger at .

Surface Design Group

Surface Design addresses issues common to all fiber artists. Our focus is learning techniques and problem solving for all facets of applied design. Meetings may include workshops or demos, speakers, field trips, problem solving, and show and tell.

This group meets 10:30am to 12:30pm the first Wednesday of each month, January through May, and September through November, at The Mill End Store classroom, 4955 SW Western Ave, Beaverton, OR.

Contact Karin Graves at

Exploring Creative Wearables

The focus of this small group is the wonderful world of wearables with emphasis on creativity and sharing. Meets 3rd Monday of September to June at 10:00am at the Crossroads Church 2505 NE 102nd, Portland, OR.

Contact Margaret Blake at

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