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Certificate of Excellence

HGA Certificates of Excellence

Congratulations to HGA’s most recent Certificate of Excellence Recipients:

COE-Handweaving Level II: Master in Handweaving with Specialized Study

Diane G. Crowder, Sunrise Beach, Missouri - Weaving Clothing for Plus-Size Women

Gloria Haefner-Gatti, Double Oak, Texas  - Developing Perspective in Single Layer Fabric

COE-Handweaving Level I: Technical Skills in Handweaving

Inga Marie Carmel, Austin, Texas

Louise E. French, North Oaks, Minnesota

Pamela M. Grefsrud, Anchorage, Alaska

Barbara N. Nelson, Scottsdale, Arizona

Cynthia Newman, Baker City, Oregon

Susan Powers, Leverett, Massachusetts

Michele Stam, Austin, Texas


COE-Handspinning Level II: Master in Handspinning with Specialized Study

Jill Graham, Erie, CO - Spinning Cashmere and Cashmere Silk for Lace Knitting

Lynn Ruggles, Boise, ID - Color Blending to Achieve Smooth Shading


HGA offers the Certificates of Excellence to its members

  • to provide guidelines to evaluate individual skills
  • to encourage research and exploration in the fiber arts
  • to recognize technically qualified weavers, spinners, dyers, and basketmakers

Certificates of Excellence are awarded in Handweaving, Handspinning, Dyeing, and Basketmaking.


COE Examination schedule:

  • Dyeing - Spring, even years
  • Weaving - Fall, even years
  • Basketmaking - Spring, odd years
  • Spinning - Fall, odd years

Details about scheduled examinations and deadlines is in the "Update" section of HGA's Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine. Applicants must use the current handbook and forms for the examination. Contact the HGA office to verify these items.

The Certificate of Excellence Packets for Handweaving, Handspinning, Dyeing, and Basketmaking contain the respective COE Handbook, Bibliography, and Application Forms. Each packet costs $12.00. Purchase COE packets at HGA’s eShop.


Podcaster Syne Mitchell takes a behind-the-scenes look at HGA’s COE Program at
WeaveCast Audio Episode 15: Certificate of Excellence



Overview of the COE Program

List of Articles about the COE Program






COE Recipient List





Example of COE-Handspinning. Gwen Powell earned the COE-Handspinning in 1991. The work shown does not reflect the current handbook, but it does reflect the high standards of the COE program. This will give you an idea of what was expected to pass the COE-S examination in 1991.

For more information about the Certificates of Excellence, please contact:

Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
1255 Buford Highway, Suite 211 
Suwanee, GA 30024
Telephone: (678) 730-0010