Diablo Weavers


June 2016

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:
Meeting location

Dues for the year 2015 - ’16 are $30 per person, or $40 for a family.

Friday, May 10, 2016

11:00 AM at Vilija's house

Our Annual Luncheon and Picnic project

Diablo June Picnic

An update on the location for our luncheon--the Picnic is back at Vilija’s house. Our theme is “Working Braids”. Having learned Loop Braiding at the May meeting, we will have several different techniques demo’ed at the Picnic.

This is a participation event, so bring a technique you particularly like and show it to the rest of us, even if you think it has been shown before. The 2017 Asilomar Conference would like to give out a hand-made lanyard to each participant for their name tag. Yes, this has been done in the past, but its always fun not only to make a lanyard for someone else, but also to receive a brand new one!

If you want to continue to make a loop braid, bring that with you. We’ll have kumihimo, card weaving, lucet and whatever else you can think of. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll have a nice afternoon out working on a lanyard.



We have a stash of, mostly, bulkyish yarns for giveaway. Most of them could certainly be used for practicing braiding. Come and select something. These are all from past member Wilma Seppala who is de-stashing and donated them to the members of Diablo.


You will get your inspiration for next year’s Picnic Project. Its a surprise. If you can’t come to this picnic, you can pick it up at our next meeting in September. What you get must be used as some sort of inspiration. The “OBJECT" itself can be used in some way to make whatever. Or peruse your “OBJECT” and find something to inspire you to make a new weaving of any kind. We are a creative bunch. Lets see what we can come up with.

More information will be posted here, with details regarding materials to bring for making the lanyards--using card weaving, braiding, kumihimo or other techniques. We will have at least three or four members helping us get set up and started on making the lanyards to hold nametags for CNCH 2017 at Asilomar.

REMINDER: Dues for next year are due in June: $30 for individual members. Thanks!


Local Events

Spinning at the Winery

June 4, 2016,10 am to 4 pm

Retzlaff Winery, 1356 N. Livermore Ave. Livermore

$5 entry per person and bring a pot luck dish to share

See the Treadles to Threads Blog for further details:

And the Retzlaff Winery website:

Uptown Gallery

Hi everyone,
I will have annual open studio at Oakland in June-3,4,5 & 11,12.
But this might be the last one at Oakland Uptown.

I will miss that huge space!!

Please stop by 20 artists open studio.
I will be there both weekends.
Hope to see you!!   Aiko

Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios 2016
Aiko Kobayashi Gray
Please join me and a wonderful group of 20 artists.
Two Weekends: June 4 & 5 and 11 & 12,  11 AM - 6 PM

401 26th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Golden Gate Weavers
Annual Exhibit at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club

Members of the Golden Gate Weavers will have items on display at the UC Berkeley Faculty club, as part of their monthly art exhibit.

For directions and information about the UC Berkeley Faculty Club:

Weaving Resources 

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. 

You can find out more about Heddlecraft at www.heddlecraft.com.  Also, please join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy weaving!

Robyn Spady
Editor, Heddlecraft

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Header photo: Coloured wool: By Sfuarch480 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons