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April 2016

April 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, April 22, 2016

 (fourth Friday of the month)

10:00 AM at the Thurman Casey Library

A presentation by Jen Hoover, a graduate student at UC Davis who has been researching wool production and dyeing world wide.

Snack for the meeting in February: Mary-Helen and Carol Gray 


Local Events

Wonders of the World: Oscar de la Renta at the deYoung Museum

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta's work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion's most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the House of de la Renta and the designer's family.

For Sale  

Counter balance loom for sale

Hand built 4-Harness Oregon Loom per Scott Mathieson's plans in clear, vertical grain redwood and maple. Lightweight but sturdy. Perfect condition. Bench included in good condition. A classic and joy to use. 
Easy assembly/disassembly for transport. Dimensions:  58 x 58 x 32 folded.

Contact: Stevan, in Walnut Creek, at

The loom above is a stock photo of the same loom.

Originally asking $600, but would take $400 or less 

Ashford folding table loom for Sale

We're selling an Ashford folding table loom
    • 32 inch
    • 4 harness
    • portable
    • overhead beater
    • with Ashford 32 inch stand-treadle kit
    • Nearly brand new - barely used

New $1,413
Asking $999

Please contact Kristi:

AVL 60" Production Dobby Loom and accessories for sale by original owner.

Solid maple, excellent condition.  16 Harnesses w/ lots of extra Texsolv heddles 
and 5 reeds. Comes with AVL manual.  This loom has a built-in bench, bottom- 
swing beater with double-box flyshuttle, 3 shuttles, extra bobbins and an electric 
bobbin wider.  It features a mechanical dobby head with extra dobby bars and 
pegs for long pattern repeats, two 1-yard sectional warp beams, plus standard 
warp beam, aprons and warp beam flanges. Includes tension box, yardage 
counter, track and mounting system for sectional warping as well as cone rack 
for 48 cones or spools. 

$ 4200
Contact Candy Meacham 

Home:  (360) 671-9079
Cell:  (360) 220-1203
Location:  Bellingham, WA

Other 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  Also, please join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy weaving!

Robyn Spady
Editor, Heddlecraft

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