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February 2013

February 2013

Diablo Weavers Guild meets once a month, September through June, usually on the third Friday of the month at the Thurmand Casey library in Walnut Creek.
    New members and guests are always welcome. 
    In September, December and June we usually meet at a member's home. 

Meeting:  Friday February 15, 2013
10:00 AM at the library

An exploration of eTextiles

Sharon will be leading us in putting together an eTextiles project. Here is her description of what we will be doing at the meeting and what to bring:

Our kits are from They are very simple and should easily be put together during the meeting.  Bring sharp, small scissors and a variety of needles as it involves sewing.  Some felt will be provided, but you can work with an actual project.  A tutorial and a project using cross stitch is at

The tutorial uses different components, but the technique is the same. I have ordered some additional sequins - the little lights we will be using - and some additional conductive thread - for the more ambitious among you.  You can google etextiles and wander around this new world. I googled e textile projects.  It is all very experimental.

We will have plenty of time to share and chat, I think.  sharon

Snacks for the meeting:  Rose and Vilija

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Recent Guild Activity

Joan, Vilija and Mary-Helen represented Diablo Weavers by demonstrating weaving at Forest Home Farms on Saturday, January 12.  Mary-Helen also brought a friend who is learning rigid heddle weaving.

Forrest Home Farms Historic Park

January 12- Textiles and Toys On a chilly winter day it is time to work and play under shelter when you can. Visit the Walnut Barn to see demonstrations of old time fiber arts such as spinning, knitting and embroidery, and try your hand at darning. When your work is done, have fun testing your skills at games such as marbles, pick-up sticks, and Jacob’s ladder then make a wooden top to take home.

Pictures from Mary-Helen, who added that "Despite the cold, there were a dozen visitors who tried their hands with our rigid heddle looms." 

Forrest Hill Farms demonstration            Rigid Heddle Weaving at Forrest Hill Farms

Local Events:

4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft

January 11 - March 10, 2013 at the Petaluma Arts Center
Candace Crocket, Ulla de Larios, Suki Russack, Barbara Shaprio

230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma CA 94952

Regular Hours - 12:00 to 4:00 pm 
(Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and holidays)     

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Fiber Arts Workshops at the Richmond Art Center

Winter Workshops:

INTRO TO WET FELTING with Kim Nelson is Sat, March 9 (10 -2). Learn current methods for wet felting and hear about current trends in this interesting craft. Class may be taken as an introduction to the chair workshop on the following weekend.  Cost is $36 for RAC members and $40 for non-members.

FELTING - CUSTOM CHAIR SEAT UPHOLSTERY with Kim Nelson is Sat, March 16 (10 - 4) and Sun, March 17 (11-2). Learn how to make and install a felted chair seat on an old chair of your choice. Guidance on disassembling your chair will be provided along with a detailed supply list. Supply fee is $30 (less if student supplies wool). Students should be familiar with basic felting methods. Cost of this interesting class is $130 to RAC members and $145 to non-members.