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April 2018

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. 

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.


Scroll down for local events, 
including a Spinning for Weaving workshop in Berkeley in April.

April 27, 2018

Meeting at 10:00 followed by a presentation by Nadine Sanders:

Wonderful Wearables for Every Body


Wearables from handwoven fabric that fit, feel wonderful to wear, and look great are a challenge to many weavers.  In this program you’ll touch actual garments and see images of clothing for all kinds of bodies and clothing construction abilities. From loom shaped garments, to sewing patterns that require only a few straight seams, to tailored garments, discover a pattern that will work for you. 

Make the garment sing with the right weave structure and yarns. Discover how textured plain weave gives marvelous drape and allows for combining many different yarns in the warp and weft. Complete the garment with embellishment and finishing touches that tastefully accompany your look. Leave with not only ideas but a plan of action to create a wearable that gets worn!


Known as The Singing Weaver, Nadine Sanders makes things, makes music, and teaches people. She weaves pictorial hangings, rugs and clothing. She honed her clothing skills in 8 years of 4-H clothing/style review projects and costuming her musical group.  She is constantly exploring new & old materials and techniques while traveling around the fiber world. She has written books, produced recordings and a DVD. Visit www.singingweaver.com

Program Committee Provides: 

  • LCD projector, cords, remote and a media cart or other portable surface to set them on
  • Portable cd player 
  • Extension cord 
  • A blank wall or large screen for image viewing
  • A table for display
  • A rack or way to hang garments in the meeting space
  • Ask 3-4 guild members size 8-14 who would enjoy modeling to wear black. 
  • Tell Nadine how many handouts to make for the meeting

Nadine Provides: 

  • Powerpoint presentation & laptop 
  • Garments for display
  • Fabric samples
  • For sale: books, patterns, shoestrings, recordings
  • Program handouts 

Please plan to bring: Inkle, card weaving or kumihimo braids that you have finished our Diablo Weavers donation to the Convergence Conference bags.

Snack for the meeting:  Cathi T

Those who can stay to help finish off the rulers and embellishments after April’s meeting, please bring a lunch with you. We will have the library till 3pm and will work on getting every thing ready for sending off to the “Goodie” Committee. If you have some cute paper suitable for wrapping the rulers, bring some of that also. If you want to pre-cut it, the pieces should be about 5 inches square. OR, if cutting up 8.5 x 11, just cut it in fourths.

Looking ahead to May: A dye workshop

Botanical Printing with Carol deB and Margie

What: This workshop is intended to be an introduction to Botanical
Printing using locally collected plant materials high in tannin. The goal is
for each participant to come away with a printed piece of raw silk that
just maybe can be turned into a scarf and to have a very good time while
we expand our fiber arts expertise.
Where: May 18, 2018 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm or so at Margie Kaplan’s in Orinda.

More information, including supplies to bring, will be provided soon. Please let Margie or Carol know by April 20 if you are able to attend.

Local Events

Spinning for Weaving with Sara Lamb

Spindles and Flyers Guild is delighted to announce that Sara Lamb is coming to the Bay Area in April for a "Spinning to Weave" round-robin-discussion class.  Class will be held on April 21 from 9am to 4pm in El Cerrito and cost is $60.  No materials fees as students will bring the fibers that they wish advice for spinning.  Still slots available but don't wait. 

For more information or to reserve a spot, please email me at oshunoxt(at)pacbell(dot)net.
Amy Kuhlmann

Loom available

This loom is available for free. It is a Nilus-Artisat model with a 36" weaving width.
It has 4 shafts and 6 treadles.
It has not been used in more than 20 years but it was functional the last time it was used. 
Chris Codding <c.codding@comcast.net>