Diablo Weavers

Summer 2017

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. We do not meet in July and August.

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

See the side bar on the left or the link below for meeting dates and topics. Last year's programs are listed; meeting dates and program topics for the coming year will be posted soon. Active planning is underway, but additional suggestions are welcome.

Library location details and a map:
Meeting location

Dues for the 2017-18 year, September - June, are $30 per person; $40 per family. If joining half way through the year, dues are $15.

Summer 2017

Our next meeting will be September 15, 2017

Our September meeting will be at Carol Causey's house, where we will share what we did over the summer and we will also have our annual Swap and Sell. Anything goes for selling with a small donation to the guild treasury for those who sell items.

Also bring to the meeting any woven shibori projects completed from our shibori workshop and dye day.

Vilija will be collecting dues from those who have not yet paid. Dues for the 2017-2018 year are $30 per person or $40 per family.

See the winter edition of CNCHNet for an article about the history of Diablo Weavers, written and photographed by Vilija.

Congratulations to Lillian, who was awarded the Edith Whiteman Memorial Award,  for handwoven artwork of the highest caliber of craftsmanship and technical ability.
Her piece Weaver's Knot was part of Small Expressions 2017, HGA's annual juried exhibit of small scale fiber art.

See the HGA website for more information:

Local Events


The Botany and Chemistry of Natural Dyes
Michel Garcia + Dr. Vanessa Handley + Dr. Margareta Séquin
September 8, 2017 | 9:30am - 12:30pm
UC Botanical Garden | 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

Dive deeper into the subject of natural dyes with three experts! Leading natural dye expert Michel Garcia will expound on chemotaxonomy, a system of biological classification based on structural similarities of chemical compounds. UCBG Director of Collections and Research Dr. Vanessa Handley will discuss modern taxonomy and plant classification, a foundation which can help dyers explore questions of phytotaxonomy and select dyes based on their relationships. SFSU Chemistry and Biochemistry professor emeritus Dr. Margareta Séquin will elaborate on the chemistry of plant pigments.
Morning coffee will be provided at 9:00am. Bring a brown bag lunch and stay for a picnic and informal discussion in the Botanical Garden following the program. 

$145 for Adults; $130 for UC Berkeley Botanical members. To register:

There is also a four day workshop with Michael Garcia at the UC Botanical Gardens.
$425, August 28 - 31, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aiko has a tapestry show  in Berkeley at the Berkeley City Hall.

Monday June 26 through Thursday September 7
Business hours- 
From Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

1947 Center St. Berkeley. 

At City Hall Lobby and Left side room ( Business room) - please ask for receptionist to open this room.

Please stop by to see her 12 tapestries.  

Exhibit Opportunities

The Surface Design Association has announced an opportunity to participate in an annual event:
Future Fabrication: SDA 2017 Annual International Exhibition In Print. 
Entries can be submitted from July through September 15, 2017.
For an overview of the exhibition and details about participating see the website below. 

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art
October 14 - November 25, 2017

Juried by three practicing textile artists and curators: Marion Coleman, Karen Hamptonand Tali Weinburg.

In the early 1970s, a craft revolution swept the country. It coincided with the burgeoning women’s movement, the gay rights movement, the back-to-land movement, and many other movements, which were coalescing in the wake of the Vietnam War protests. Berkeley artists were at the center of this, and gave rise to groundbreaking work that challenged the traditional association of women with textiles in the domestic sphere. 
Berkeley Art Center has a rich tradition of celebrating fiber arts over the past five decades. During our 50th Anniversary year we saw the opportunity to examine the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the crafts movement of the new millennium?” Jurors will select artists whose work communicates a message, emotion or meaning beyond just the literal meaning of the object.

Digital entries are due by August 20 at 5pm and are to be submitted via
Slideroom with a fee of $10 per artist.
Click Here to enter.
Questions? Please contact Ann Trinca, Gallery Director programs@berkeleyartcenter.org or 510-644-6893


Search our site using the search box at the top to find past workshops
and information about other activities.

Past meeting pages and meeting notes are linked from the lower left side
bar.  For meetings and notes earlier than those listed on the side bar, search using the box at the top.
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