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January 2010

Diablo Weavers Weaving Guild meets once a month,
September through June on the third Friday of the month at 10:00 AM.

Note: This is a change from our previous meeting date, due to several conflicts in scheduling the room at the library.

New members and guests are always welcome.

Thurman G. Casey Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd.
Walnut Creek CA 94598

Friday, January 15:
Introduction to Card Weaving: Discover Card Weaving: Ancient Technique - Modern Delight with Gudrun Polak

From Gudrun:
Using simple tools, a set of square cards, a small shuttle, and any kind of smooth yarn, the technique called card weaving or tablet weaving allows you to create bands of intricate patterns. I have explored card weaving for several years and will introduce you to this wonderful technique with

  • a slide show,
  • a display of 50+ woven samples,
  • and demonstrations,
You will hear about the history of card weaving, times, places, and styles that created most remarkable designs. You will see many of my own designs and hear how I go about to develop a pattern.
Gudrun's web site with weaving resources:

Card weaving image from wikipedia commons:

Snack for the January meeting: Kris & Reba

See the CNCH Web Site
for a nice article about Diablo Weavers members Will and Kate: http://www.cnch.org (Scroll down to Treadles To Threads posting.)

In Memoriam

Julie Cahoon, a member of Diablo Weavers for many years, died on December 23, 2009. A memorial took place on January 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rossmoor.

Julie was an avid knitter and tapestry weaver. Julie's husband decided to donate Julie's two tapestry looms to the guild. He felt that she would like to see the looms used, and the guild was an important part of her life.

Although not able to attend many meetings recently, Julie will be missed by all of us in Diablo Weavers.

Getting ready for CNCH 2010 in Santa Clara:

This is the title of the gallery exhibit at the upcoming CNCH conference that will show off hand woven yardage. Last Spring we had the idea to make this a guild project with Diablo members donating a small swatch or two of fabric to be sewn together to form a "yardage" display. We had thought about overdyeing with red to harmonize the fabric, but that would depend on what is brought in. You can begin bringing in your fabrics at any meeting so we can begin thinking about how to put them together. Any kind of fabric swatch will do--anything!

The big thing is we need someone to volunteer to do the "putting together". We should spend a bit of time at the meeting discussing this. Maybe a workshop day, or whatever. Put your thinking caps on to come up with a plan.

Local Events and Classes:

Fiber Arts Classes  & Workshops at The Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond CA 94804

Classes can be signed up over the phone (510/620-6772).

Weaving Open Studio is free for  registered students Tuesday - Saturday during class sessions.

     WEAVING: Tues Morning, Jan 12 -Mar 9, 9:30 with Jan Langdon (Member: $175, Non-Memb: $195)
     WEAVING: Wed Eves, Jan 13 - Mar 10 with Stacy Speyer (Same price as above)
     WEAVE A BOA: Sat, Jan 30 (10 -1:30) with Susie Hodges (Member $40, Non-Memb: $45)
     TABLET WEAVING: 2 Sats, Mar 6 & 13 (10 - 3) with Patty Townsend (Member: $120, Non-Memb: $135)

Subpages (1): Meeting Minutes Jan 2010