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February 2016

February 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, February 19, 2016

 (third Friday of the month)

10:00 AM at the Thurman Casey Library

Kris will lead a program on using computer software for drafting and design.

Weaving Software 101

This presentation will be an introduction to software programs for weavers.  These programs make designing your woven cloth a much faster and easier process than the colored pencil and graph paper method. We’ll survey the major programs available today. And we’ll do demonstrations using Fiberworks-PCW.  We’ll show what the software can do and how to use it, doing step-by-step walkthroughs of each design.

Snack for the meeting in February: Vilija & Sharon Gardner  


Local Events

Lace in Architecture of Life

Jules Kliot and Erin Alegro are giving a presentation at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Thursday, February 18

6 PM 
2155 Center Street, between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue, in downtown Berkeley

Jules Kliot with Erin Algeo: Lace in Architecture of Life THURSDAY / 2.18.16 / 6:00 Join Jules Kliot, founder and director of Berkeley’s Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, for a presentation in the galleries on the significance of this ethereal fabric as part of the structure of human achievement. Kliot and Lacis manager and curator Erin Algeo will share examples from the Lacis Museum collection in addition to illuminating the works on view in Architecture of Life.


The Tribal Arts Show, Feb. 19 - 21, at Ft. Mason features the "Art of Asia, Africa, Oceania and The Americas". 

In addition to 80 dealer booths of ethnic art, there will be special exhibits of Ainu and Indian textiles and crafts. Hours are Fri & Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-5. Admission of $20 includes a catelogue and the priceless opportunity to see and actually touch many museum quality pieces.

Voices in Cloth 2016

East Bay Heritage Quilters biannual show, Voices in Cloth 2016, is March 19-20 at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond. Vendors, exhibits and demonstrations are featured. Show is Sat: 10-5 and Sun: 10-4 and cost is $15 at the door for 2 days entrance. Purchase advance tickets for $10 before March 1. See Lots of good vendors like John Marshall and Kasuri Dyeworks have been at past shows.

Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts Workshop in Santa Rosa
Introduction to Katazome - Japanese stencil dyeing

     Three spaces are left in a 2-day workshop sponsored by the Redwood Guild: 
Introduction to Katazome, Japanese Stencil Dyeing for beginners
 with Karen Illman Miller of Nautilus Fiberarts.

Mar 2  Katazome Then and Now: Lecture for the  Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts, at Luther Burbank Arts & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA. 11:00 am - noon

Mar 3 - 4  Workshop: Introduction to Katazome, Japanese Stencil Dyeing for beginners;   sponsored by Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts, at Ray Miller Community Center, Mountain Room, 216 E. School St., Cotati, CA, 94931.   (3 spaces remaining)

     Japanese fabrics have been made for centuries using intricate paper stencils and a resist paste made of rice flour. Authentic Japanese fabrics using this technique are very expensive and almost unobtainable in this country. You will learn how to make these lovely fabrics yourselves, dyeing them with indigo and/or colored dyes.

     First we will carve stencils from Japanese paper, and apply silk mesh to strengthen them. Then we will learn to make the resist paste. We will use these stencils as well as some of my stencils to apply paste to fabric.

     I will teach you how to use a variety of traditional pigments, dyes and textile paints to produce multicolored images on cotton or silk or linen.

Contact: Terri Nevins, or 415-385-6210 if you are interested in registering for the workshop. Cost is $136 for the 2-day workshop. Supplies list will be sent with confirmation.

Fiber & Dye Exhibit
March 5 - 27 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

FiberDye20163The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley invites you to learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes. From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through our exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature.

Programs offered throughout the month of March include dye demonstrations, sustainable dye practices, print-making, paper making and more. Yoshiko Wada, Kristine Vejar, and Rebecca Burgess are among the presenters.

Workshop in Nevada City in March

We have a couple openings for a towel gamp class we are hosting in Nevada City next month.  The information is below.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Ingrid Knox, 530-265-6461 or


Towels: Transcending Tradition Weaving Workshop with JoAnn Bachelder

Date/time:  March 16, 17, 18  (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

                      9:00AM to 4:00PM


Location:  Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 N. Pine St., Nevada City
Cost:  $150 for Guild Members; $180 for non members

No material fees, students provide their own yarn.  Handouts are included in the price.


Towels: Transcending Tradition

In this workshop the entire process of making a towel from design to finishing is discussed. First, the structures that are traditionally used in weaving cloth for towels need to be understood so we can exploit or use them in a unique way that will make our towel ‘ours’. We will thread our loom with nine traditional structures in a gamp format. This reacquaints us to what they look like and how they act while giving us eighty-one other interlacement choices we could use. We talk about playing with other weaving choices we have such as yarn, denting and color and their influence on what we are doing. Our only problem will be making that choice. Lots of handouts and many samples are shown

Each student will bring their own loom warped based on instructions sent before the class.  The draft uses 4 shafts. 

In order to secure a spot in the class, the full class cost should be send to Ingrid Knox, 17560 Champion Mine Rd, Nevada City, CA  95959.  Checks should be made payable to the Foothill Fibers Guild.  Guild members will have priority regarding sign-ups

Please send any questions to Ingrid Knox

CNCH Modesto, April 8 - 10, 2016
Field to Fiber Conference of Northern California Handweavers

Online registration for CNCH 2016 opens January 3, 2016, 9 AM PST.
Go to and follow the link to RegOnline. 

Also see for general information, including the 
schedule and updated information about workshops and classes available.

For Sale

Weaving and Knitting yarns for Sale

Many yarns for sale from a local weaver, in Alamo:

I’ve just done a major clean up of my studio and have a room full of knitting and weaving yarns.  The cones range from $2-8 and the balls of yarn from $1-3.  I have a wide range of fiber except for silk. Several yarns from Crystal Palace, Plymouth, Swedish yarn. Half are weaving and the rest knitting yarns. Wools, cottons, mohair, bamboo, rayon and many novelties.

Contact: Georg, 925-837-8992

Loom for sale, excellent condition 

In Berkeley, near Berkeley Bowl:

Artisat Nilus Leclerc, 4 harness jack, 36" wide
For more information call 
Jayne Oshiro  510-845-8966 or 510-219-9620

Large multi-harness loom for sale

Since I've been spending all my time lately working on the jacquard loom, my 40-shaft loom has been going unloved. So I'm selling it to reclaim space in my garage.

Here are the specs on the loom:
  • Loom model is an AVL 40, the predecessor to the A-series
  • 40 shafts
  • 48″ weaving width
  • Compudobby II
  • E-lift
  • Options and accessories:
    • Two sectional warp beams, one 1-yard circumference and one 1/2-yard circumference
    • AVL sandpaper beam
    • Bottom-swing beater
    • AVL new-style auto-advance
    • Fireside rolling temples
    • 8 reeds:
      • 5-dent (48″)
      • 7-dent (48″)
      • 9-dent (40″)
      • 10-dent (48″)
      • 12-dent (36″)
      • 15-dent (48″)
      • 16-dent (48″)
      • 18-dent (48″)
      • 20-dent (48″)
    • 4000+ heddles
    • AVL Warping Wheel, which allows sectional warping from as little as a single cone, without spool racks and tension box.
    • tons of 48″ warp sticks if you would rather beam as a plain beam
    • (optional) a large dolly mounted on leveling casters (which convert from feet to wheels) to enable the loom to be moved about easily.
There are pictures on my website, at

I'm advertising it at $15K generally but will sell to guild members and their friends at $13,000. If you don't want the warping wheel, I'll knock another $400 off and make it $12,600. I am willing to help reassemble and/or troubleshoot if you are in the SF Bay Area. If you are not, I can disassemble but you are responsible for crating, shipping, and insurance.

The loom is currently set up and you are welcome to come by for a test drive. I live in Sunnyvale, CA.

Please forward to anyone you know who might be interested.



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. 

The following is readers will find in the 43-page first issue of Heddlecraft:

What's inside
  • Advancing Twills
  • Advancing Point Twill
  • Transforming an Advancing Twill
  • Samples for 4-, 8-, and 16-shafts
  • Who's Your Tabby?
  • Shelf Awareness - A 21st century look at Mary Black's book New Key to Weaving
  • Tips 'n Techniques - A simple and easy header
  • 10 Questions about Heddlecraft

This is the beginning of what I hope will be a helpful resource to weavers.  If you like what you see, I would appreciate any and all assistance in spreading the word.

You can find out more about Heddlecraft at  Also, please join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy weaving!

Robyn Spady
Editor, Heddlecraft

Video on Spinning Plastic Bags:

"Michelle Baggerman - Precious Waste" by Robert Andriessen on Vimeo

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