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June 2011

June 2011

Diablo Weavers Guild meets once a month, September through June.
New members and guests are always welcome.
Meetings are usually the third Friday of the month
10:00 am at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek.
In September, December and June we usually meet at a member's home.

Meeting Friday June 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

This will be our annual pot-luck luncheon at Vilija's house.

Please bring a dish to share. Our "project" for this meeting was to be something in double weave. Hopefully everyone has had a chance to view the DVD and start a project--or better yet finish something--using double weave techniques.

Loom & Shuttle Guild has extended an invitation to Diablo Guild members interested in Pat Stewart's ideas on 8 shaft double weave.

From Susie H:
We are organizing a Saturday workshop at Susie's house for possibly Aug. 13 or Aug. 27. Pat's information will be projected on a screen, and participants are invited to bring either a laptop or a notebook for their own use.
If interested, guild members should contact Penny Peters at
Cost will be minimal, and soup will be provided.

Local Events:

Uptown Gallery:
Aiko has an Open Studio in June at Uptown Gallery in Oakland.
This includes June 10 and 11 from 11:00 AM until 6 PM.

Spinning at the Winery Saturday June 18th
The annual "Spinning at the Winery" and potluck picnic at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore will be held June 18th, postponed from the earlier due to all the unseasonal rain in June!
Bring your spinning, knitting or other project and a dish to share for a pot-luck lunch. There will be many vendors, a raffle and wine-tasting at the Vineyard. For details, see the Treadles To Threads blog and the CNCH site as well as the Retzlaff Winery web site at: Scroll down about 8 announcements for lots of details and a picture.

Admission is $5 per person and directions are on the Retzlaff Winery web site.

Indigo Dye Class at Walnut Creek Civic Arts:

A Greener Indigo

Explore the magic and mystery of indigo, one of the oldest and most influential dyes. Set up an indigo dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for the home studio and sample on a variety of fabrics. Prepare cloth for resist dyeing and experiment in various techniques. The ‘Greener Indigo’ formula dates to the 18th century; it is non-toxic and non-fumy and can also be thickened and used for painting or printing. You may work on a personal project. Supply fee: $25 payable in class for dyes, handouts and textiles you will receive. All levels welcome. Bring a bag lunch. Materials: List available at

Sa/Su, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM, Jul 16 & 17
Barbara Shapiro; Studio H, Heather Farm
Fee: $139; Classes: 2

Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College of California
April 10 - June 19, 2011
1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94557
Gift of the Gods
Exploring Maize, Culture and Indigenous Art in the Americas
This exhibit focusing on the force of maize to indigenous peoples of Meso-america, the U.S. Southwest and the Northern Andes includes Navajo rugs, a Hopi pollen bag and dolls, tortilla cloths, basket, belts and much more.

“Pulp Fashion: the Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave” is an exhibit at the Legion of Honor running Feb. 5 through June 5. The artist’s creations are inspired by the history of costume and executed entirely in paper.

For Sale:
Fleece for Sale in Walnut Creek:
I am a beginner spinner and have 3 fleeces (about 25 lbs total) (one
"white," one "black," one "charcoal") that I will not be able to use
any time soon. I'm hoping I can find someone interested who will use

I apologize for not knowing the breed of sheep, although I know
several master spinners who like this wool. The fleeces have not been
cleaned. I paid $2.00 a pound for them - total $50. If I could get
that in return I would be delighted.

I'm in Walnut Creek and would have time to bring them by for you if
you are in the East Bay or Marin.


Any items for sale?
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