Diablo Weavers Guild meets in Walnut Creek, usually on the third or fourth Friday of the month from September through June, 10:00 am, until noon or a little later.
New members and guests are welcome.
In September, December and June we meet at a member's home. Other meetings are usually held at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek (Ygnacio Valley Library).
Thurman G. Casey Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd.
Walnut Creek CA 94598
Library location details and a map:
Dues for the year 2015 - ’16 are $30 per person, or $40 for a family.
Friday, February 19, 2016
(third Friday of the month)
10:00 AM at the Thurman Casey Library
Kris will lead a program on using computer software for drafting and design.
Weaving Software 101
This presentation will be an introduction to software programs for weavers. These programs make designing your woven cloth a much faster and easier process than the colored pencil and graph paper method. We’ll survey the major programs available today. And we’ll do demonstrations using Fiberworks-PCW. We’ll show what the software can do and how to use it, doing step-by-step walkthroughs of each design.
Snack for the meeting in February: Vilija & Sharon Gardner
Lace in Architecture of Life
Jules Kliot and Erin Alegro are giving a presentation at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Thursday, February 18
Jules Kliot with Erin Algeo: Lace in Architecture of Life THURSDAY / 2.18.16 / 6:00 Join Jules Kliot, founder and director of Berkeley’s Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, for a presentation in the galleries on the significance of this ethereal fabric as part of the structure of human achievement. Kliot and Lacis manager and curator Erin Algeo will share examples from the Lacis Museum collection in addition to illuminating the works on view in Architecture of Life.
THE SAN FRANCISCO TRIBAL & TEXTILE ARTS SHOW
The Tribal Arts Show, , at Ft. Mason features the "Art of Asia, Africa, Oceania and The Americas".
In addition to 80 dealer booths of ethnic art, there will be special exhibits of Ainu and Indian textiles and crafts. Hours are Fri & Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-5. Admission of $20 includes a catelogue and the priceless opportunity to see and actually touch many museum quality pieces.
Voices in Cloth 2016
East Bay Heritage Quilters biannual show, Voices in Cloth 2016, is March 19-20 at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond. Vendors, exhibits and demonstrations are featured. Show is Sat: 10-5 and Sun: 10-4 and cost is $15 at the door for 2 days entrance. Purchase advance tickets for $10 before www.ebbq.org/quilt-shows/vic2016. Lots of good vendors like John Marshall and Kasuri Dyeworks have been at past shows.. See
Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts Workshop in Santa Rosa
Introduction to Katazome - Japanese stencil dyeing
Fiber & Dye Exhibit
March 5 - 27 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Workshop in Nevada City in March
We have a couple openings for a towel gamp class we are hosting in Nevada City next month. The information is below. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Ingrid Knox, 530-265-6461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Towels: Transcending Tradition Weaving Workshop with JoAnn Bachelder
Date/time: March 16, 17, 18 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Location: Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 N. Pine St., Nevada City
No material fees, students provide their own yarn. Handouts are included in the price.
Towels: Transcending Tradition
In this workshop the entire process of making a towel from design to finishing is discussed. First, the structures that are traditionally used in weaving cloth for towels need to be understood so we can exploit or use them in a unique way that will make our towel ‘ours’. We will thread our loom with nine traditional structures in a gamp format. This reacquaints us to what they look like and how they act while giving us eighty-one other interlacement choices we could use. We talk about playing with other weaving choices we have such as yarn, denting and color and their influence on what we are doing. Our only problem will be making that choice. Lots of handouts and many samples are shown
Each student will bring their own loom warped based on instructions sent before the class. The draft uses 4 shafts.
In order to secure a spot in the class, the full class cost should be send to Ingrid Knox, 17560 Champion Mine Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959. Checks should be made payable to the Foothill Fibers Guild. Guild members will have priority regarding sign-ups
CNCH Modesto, April 8 - 10, 2016
Field to Fiber ~ Conference of Northern California Handweavers
Online registration for CNCH 2016 opens January 3, 2016, 9 AM PST.
Go to www.cnch.org and follow the link to RegOnline.
Also see http://www.cnch.org/conferences/cnch2016/ for general information, including the
schedule and updated information about workshops and classes available.
Large multi-harness loom for sale
Since I've been spending all my time lately working on the jacquard loom, my 40-shaft loom has been going unloved. So I'm selling it to reclaim space in my garage.I'm advertising it at $15K generally but will sell to guild members and their friends at $13,000. If you don't want the warping wheel, I'll knock another $400 off and make it $12,600. I am willing to help reassemble and/or troubleshoot if you are in the SF Bay Area. If you are not, I can disassemble but you are responsible for crating, shipping, and insurance.
Here are the specs on the loom:
The loom is currently set up and you are welcome to come by for a test drive. I live in Sunnyvale, CA.
Please forward to anyone you know who might be interested.
New Textile Website
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website - Asian Textile Studies – designed for those with a serious interest in traditional hand-woven textiles.
We have been working on this material for the last few years and have just uploaded the first pages, which focus on the subject of natural dyeing. Much more content will be added over time. We hope this will be of interest to members of your group. Please take a look, and share this among the wider textile community.
Click on the link below to explore this new website.
David and Sue Richardson
A new Online Weaving magazine edited by Robin Spady
Heddlecraft, the newest weaving resource, has launched!
What is Heddlecraft? It’s a digital weaving magazine for weavers who love to weave and want to know more. Heddlecraft will be published six times a year. An annual subscription is $19.99 and a single issue is $4.50. Each issue will have a focus on a particular weave or weaving technique.
The following is readers will find in the 43-page first issue of Heddlecraft:
This is the beginning of what I hope will be a helpful resource to weavers. If you like what you see, I would appreciate any and all assistance in spreading the word.
You can find out more about Heddlecraft at www.heddlecraft.com. Also, please join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Video on Spinning Plastic Bags:
"Michelle Baggerman - Precious Waste" by Robert Andriessen on Vimeo
The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/108117892
See more videos at https://vimeo.com
For questions, suggested items to add or edit on this web site, please contact Carol.
Header photo: Coloured wool: By Sfuarch480 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons