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January 2016

January 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, January 22, 2016

(fourth Friday)

10:00 AM at the Thurman Casey Library

Speaker: Susie Taylor

Susie Taylor's work combines origami and weaving to produce a unique art form. See her website for examples of her work and more about her background, including links to her portfolio, blog and publications.

She currently has a piece in the show below at the San Jose Museum of Quilt and Design.
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

George-Ann Bowers, Pod Cluster 2, 2015
Photo credit: Dana Davis

January 6 – February 28, 2016

This juried exhibition from the Northern California Surface Design Association (SDA) includes nineteen artworks that display a wide range of fiber art techniques, in both two and three-dimensions. Artists in this exhibition explore new variations of traditional techniques--felting, weaving, coiling, stitching, dyeing, painting, printing, quilting, and embroidery--using modern materials, often to express contemporary social or political ideas.

Snack for the meeting in January: Tui Hedstrom & Mary Giammona


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.

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

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

Other Resources 

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 about Khipu archives
Sharon passed on links to a video of an interesting talk which took place in Berkeley this month, at the Institute of Andean Studies Annual meeting. This presentation is about the Inkawasi Khipu. A khipu, or knot-record, was used by the Incas and other ancient Andean cultures to keep extensive records and communicate.

 A video of Gary Urton’s Saturday evening public lecture, “Accounting in the King’s storehouse: the Inkawasi khipu archive is available on the Institute of Andean Studies website, at

   and on the Institute’s Facebook page, at

   Higher-resolution versions in which the slides are clearer are available under the gear icon in the lower right corner.

   Thanks to Nicholas Tripcevich for filming and posting the video, and to Gary Urton for permitting it to be distributed.


Bruce Owen
Secretary and Treasurer
Institute of Andean Studies

HGA Call for Artists

The Handweavers Guild of America announces a call to all fiber artists for entries in our 2016 exhibitions taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exhibitions will take place August 3 - 6, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center with the exception of Small Expressions which will take place July 23 - August 14, 2016 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Exhibitions include:

International juried exhibit of small-scale fiber pieces sponsored annually by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. Deadline to enter is January 19, 2016.
International juried exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind fashion that shows understanding of the body and body movement, along with runway presence and overall suitability of the technique and/or materials. Deadline to enter is January 20, 2016.
An international juried exhibit featuring lengths of constructed or embellished yardage. Deadline to enter is January 27, 2016.
International juried exhibit open to work created using any fiber arts technique. Deadline to enter isFebruary 1, 2016.

HGA’s Convergence® 2016 conference offers a broad range of exhibits for a wide variety of fiber arts. We invite you to enter your work in these juried exhibits that showcase the best in weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketmaking, and related fiber arts. Create a piece that embodies the Convergence® 2016 spirit.

Cost to enter per exhibition is $30 for members, $45 for non-members, and free for students. The juror will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. Pieces must be originally conceived and created by the entrant. All work must be of exhibition quality, completed within the last two years (since January 2014) and not previously published in any national or international print publication. A complete list of exhibition requirements and applications to exhibit are available online.

For questions or more information, please contact Linda Campbell, Exhibit and Editorial Assistant, at (678) 730-0010.

The Handweavers Guilf of America's mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community.

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