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March 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

 (fourth Friday of the month)

10:00 AM at the Thurman Casey Library

Recent trends in handmade oriental rugs

from traditional rug weaving centers

Leon Mayeri, owner of Golden Age Oriental Rugs in Berkeley, will give a presentation on recent trends in handmade oriental rugs from traditional rug weaving centers. In these areas - which include India, Iran, and Afghanistan - rugs are still woven by hand, with rigourous attention to detail and a broader range of design than ever before. Ironically, its no longer just the weaving and knotting of a rug that makes it appealing. A variety of surprisingly useful and relevant input methods have emerged, as the process of completing and finishing a rug has taken on a more important role in the production chain.

Showroom in Berkeley, CA

For more information, including photos, see:

Snack for the meeting in February: Wendy Kraft & Rose Morgan  

Local Events

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

Good vendors like John Marshall and Kasuri Dyeworks
have been at past shows.

Japanese Bamboo Art

"Modern Twist", an exhibit of contemporary Japanese bamboo art, is March 19 -June 12 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, 551 Broadway, Sonoma. Museum is open Wed-Sun (11-5). 

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.

The Lafayette Library is having a local event related to the exhibit:

San Francisco Fiber in Oakland

The March 2016 class list for San Francisco Fiber is now available.
Lots of interesting classes are available, including a rigid headdle class taught by Reba.

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.

CNCH Modesto, April 8 - 10, 2016

Field to Fiber Conference of Northern California Handweavers

To register go to and follow the link to RegOnline. 
Also see for general information, including the schedule and updated information about workshops and classes available.

Note: Entries for the galleries are due in March - especially consider entering an item in the Fashion Show on Friday night--see details from Joan below:

The Fashion Show at CNCH 2016 is 
on Saturday night, April 9 from 7-9pm at the McHenry Museum.  It is a walk around fashion show so each person wears their own creation or has another wear it.  Diane Ayers from Central Coast Guild is in charge and she wants to include as many entries as possible.  I have seen some wonderful things at our sharings at meetings and know many of you have things you could enter. There is no entry fee.  It is really a fun fashion show, no runway stuff, just walk around with your vest, shawl, scarf, etc. I encourage you to enter.  If you are not attending the conference you can still enter something but have to find someone to wear it.  Any member of CNCH can enter the Fashion Show.

Fashion Show Deadline Extended to April 4, 2016
What are you going to wear on Saturday Night? 
Light Up the Night at the Museum
Mc Henry Museum 1402 “I” St. (Corner of 14th and I St.)
Modesto, CA 95354

Wear It and Share It Fashion Show
April 9, 2016 — 7:00-9:00 PM
Share your Field to Fiber creations at an intimate venue for our fashion show evening. Model one item or an entire one-of-a-kind ensemble using a variety of creative techniques such as weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, or surface design. The sky’s the limit! If you are too shy to be your own model, recruit a willing friend to join the fun. Photography will be allowed.

Send it in ASAP
 Fashion Show Entry Form
Diane Ayers
1678 Noyes Rd. 
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Diane's email is:

For Sale

Schacht Baby Wolf for Sale

Schacht 26"Baby Wolf with raddle, treadle tracker, stroller and Baby Wolf trap for sale.  

I also have available a nearly new bobbin winder; Schacht end delivery shuttle with three bobbins;
shuttle and stick shuttles; apron bar; lease sticks; 6, 8 and 10 dent reeds; rigid heddle; 
and threading tools.  The loom formerly belonged to Will Taylor. It is in excellent condition.
The price I am asking for the entire package is $1,000 but I will negotiate.
I also have a full, unused cone of multi-color tencel that is $25.  I also have a number of books that are no charge.

Joyce Kamian
I can be reached at josikam@aol,com or 925-284-9311.

Other Resources 

New Additions to the Asian Textile Studies Website:
See the link below for an extensive amount of research on brown dyes.

We have now completed our research on brown dyes and uploaded it here:

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

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