November 2010

November 2010 

Diablo Weavers Guild meets once a month, September through June.

September, December and June we meet at a member's home.
Meetings are usually on the Third Friday of the month 
at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek.
New members and guests are always welcome.
Our next meeting will be at the library:
November 19, 2010 at 10:00 AM
Program: "Thrum Jewelry"

This next meeting is going to be a short "workshop" on making cute jewelry items from your thrums, interesting bits and pieces of yarn you have been saving, or what is left on your bobbins that you've never unwound and will probably never use.

Bring with you [if you have it, this is not about buying anything, but about using leftovers]:

  • thrums or interesting yarns:
  • metallics work well as overwraps on top of other yarns, variegated yarns work great, thick and thin yarns or any with some kind of texture, any fiber content

  • scissors
  • wire cutter
  • needle nosed or pointed plier
  • glue
  • I like FabriTac and there will be one guild bottle to share [its expensive!] Its good for when really fast adhesion is needed. Lots of people like E6000. A slower drying glue is also good to have for wrapping bracelets. Whatever is rated for fiber/plastic/wood.

  • beads
  • If you work with beads and have some, bring them. Also some of the "thin" stretchy bead stringing material such as Stretch Magic - .5mm. Only if you have some. There will be some to share. I'll show you how to string beads and use them with yarn wrapping. This allows you to use the tiny holed beads with all the heavy, textured yarn we will use.

  • any old hard plastic or wood "bangle" bracelet that you have that you no longer wear.
  • I've had a hard time finding inexpensive hard material slip-on bracelets. Everything out there is now stretchy! I did find some wood ones at Beverly's that we will use, but I bought all 13 that they had. This is one of the really fun things to make, so more would be great.

  • small diameter metal knitting needle, about size 1, 2, 3 or 4 [I've given away all my metal needles]

  • any kind of catalogue you just got in the mail that is destined for your trash bin

    You will hopefully come away with a necklace, bracelet and even earrings. If you don't have some of the above, don't worry, there will be plenty to share.
  • We are going to begin the workshop right at 10 am and do our business and sharing while working, so try not to be late!

    Dec 17 is the date for the holiday luncheon, at Vilija's at 11:00 AM.  
    Bring a dish to share and a small gift for the exchange.

Snack for the meeting: Joan and Carol G. 

CNCH 2011 in Sutter Creek:
Remember that sign-up online is now open for this year's CNCH Conference,
which will be held in Sutter Creek.
For this conference sign-up will be strictly limited to 150 attendees.
Workshops will be limited to 15, and there are only 10 instructors. 

Local Events:

Aiko will have a Winter Holiday Boutique at a friend's house:
 2642 Jones Road, Walnut Creek on 4/DEC from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

I'll sell my few tapestries, scarves and Guatemalan crafts ( beads and hand woven bag etc).
I want to donate 50% of Guatemalan items sold to a NGO in Guatemala.

My three friends will sell home made breads, hand made soap and quilting etc.

The annual Walnut Creek Civic Arts Sale: December 3 - December 5, 2010

Shadelands Campus, 111 Wiget Ln & Ygnacio Valley Rd

A great opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts made by local artists from the Civic Arts Education Program.

Opening Party Friday, Dec 3, 5 pm - 9 pm; refreshments and live music

Sale Continues: Saturday, Dec 4, 10 am-9 pm and Sunday, Dec 5, 10 am-6 pm

Sister sale at Civic Park:

Sunday. December 5, 10 am - 5 pm at the Civic Park Clay Studio, 1313 Civic Drive.

The Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College
Gifted Hands: The Fine Art of Craft
October 10 - December 12, 2010

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 St. Mary's Road
Moraga CA 94556

Sharon and Bob Gardner are featured artists at LAA Gallery in Livermore, November 2010

3rd and K Streets Livermore CA 94550
Gallery Hours
Wednesday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Livermore Art Association:

Scroll down to the bottom right on the page linked below to see Sharon's artwork:

Razzle Dazzle at Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley CA 94703
SHOW RUNS: Octogger 30, 2010 - January 7, 2011
Wednesday - Saturday, Noon - 5 PM
Sunday, Noon - 3 PM
 The show features a variety of art forms. Maj-Britt Mobrand, long time weaving teacher in Berkeley, is among the featured artists.

To Dye for: A World Saturated in Color
de Young Museum
July 31, 2010 - January 9, 2011

To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. A truly cross-cultural presentation, the exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods.


Vanishing Traditions (Textiles & Treasures from Southwest China)
On exhibit Oct 10-Dec 5 at the UC Davis Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall (One Shields Ave, Davis)
Reception: Sun, Oct 17, 1:30 PM. Info at   

For Sale:
Any items for sale?
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