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March 2018

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. We do not meet in July and August.

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

See the side bar on the left or the link below for meeting dates and topics. Active planning is underway, but additional suggestions are welcome.

Library location details and a map:
Meeting location

Dues for the 2017-18 year, September - June, are $30 per person; $40 per family. If joining half way through the year, dues are $15.

March 16, 2018

Our next meeting will be March 16, the third Friday of the month, at the library at 10:00 am.  For the program we have both a video available and will be starting to put together items for the goodie-bags for Convergence. 

In addition to the interesting video on hemp, we are planning to start to assemble our contribution to the goody bags for Convergence 2018. After some field testing of the most inexpensive way to create PPI rulers, the results were not what we hoped.

Instead, we are purchasing 6” clear plastic rulers and creating narrow bands (inkle or card woven), tassels, kumihimo cords or any kind of small bit of weaving or cording to attach to the hole at one end of the ruler.  We are aiming for about 4 inches of length for woven bands, about 10 inches for kumihimo braids. 

To identify them as coming from Diablo Weavers, address labels with our logo will be attached to paper sleeves. We plan to create the sleeves from strips of nice paper, wrapped around the rulers. The entire ruler need not be covered, just enough to go around. A small piece of tape will hold the sleeve to the ruler.

Please plan to bring: Inkle looms, card weaving setups, or kumihimo disks and accompanying threads to work with. An extra inkle loom or two will be available, plus some threads. If you have threads to donate, please bring them. If you warp ahead of time, the band should not be wider than ½ inch since that is what will fit into our hardware.  Also, the crimp clamps we have are for ribbon, so heavy threads/bands will not work either.

We will start creating and putting together things at the meeting and later possibly have a work party to finish things up.


The video on hemp:

Bringing It Home, An award winning documentary by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson

Industrial Hemp - towards a greener future with this amazing plant. 
More industrial hemp is exported INTO the U.S than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. Bringing It Home explores the questions of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the U.S. by illustrating its history, current industries and both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming effort. Hemp today is part of a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and much more.

Snack for the meetingSharon G., Tui H.  

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In April we will have a presentation by Nadine Sanders:

Wonderful Wearables for Every Body


Wearables from handwoven fabric that fit, feel wonderful to wear, and look great are a challenge to many weavers.  In this program you’ll touch actual garments and see images of clothing for all kinds of bodies and clothing construction abilities. From loom shaped garments, to sewing patterns that require only a few straight seams, to tailored garments, discover a pattern that will work for you. 

Make the garment sing with the right weave structure and yarns. Discover how textured plain weave gives marvelous drape and allows for combining many different yarns in the warp and weft. Complete the garment with embellishment and finishing touches that tastefully accompany your look. Leave with not only ideas but a plan of action to create a wearable that gets worn!


Known as The Singing Weaver, Nadine Sanders makes things, makes music, and teaches people. She weaves pictorial hangings, rugs and clothing. She honed her clothing skills in 8 years of 4-H clothing/style review projects and costuming her musical group.  She is constantly exploring new & old materials and techniques while traveling around the fiber world. She has written books, produced recordings and a DVD. Visit

Program Committee Provides: 

  • LCD projector, cords, remote and a media cart or other portable surface to set them on
  • Portable cd player 
  • Extension cord 
  • A blank wall or large screen for image viewing
  • A table for display
  • A rack or way to hang garments in the meeting space
  • Ask 3-4 guild members size 8-14 who would enjoy modeling to wear black. 
  • Tell Nadine how many handouts to make for the meeting

Nadine Provides: 

  • Powerpoint presentation & laptop 
  • Garments for display
  • Fabric samples
  • For sale: books, patterns, shoestrings, recordings
  • Program handouts 

Local Events

The East Bay Heritage Quilters Presents:

Voices in Cloth 2018
Extraordinary Quilts by the Bay

March 17-18, 2018
Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbor Way South
on the Richmond Waterfront

Jolom Mayaetik events

Our reception to celebrate the Jolom Mayaetik exhibition in the International Terminal of San Francisco Airport takes place at the Aviation Museum Library at SFO on March 10 from 3 to 4:30 PM. Elvia Gómez López, the president of the weavers’ cooperative, will be here from Chiapas to give a weaving demonstration, we’ll have Mexican food and music, an informal talk, and a book signing.  An illustrated oral history by the founders of Jolom Mayaetik, Weaving Chiapas: Maya Women’s Lives in a Changing World, is just out from University of Oklahoma Press. The SFMOMA airport bookstore adjacent to the exhibit has copies of the book. The display will be up untilApril 8.  
It’s very easy to come via BART—the SFO line to the airport comes directly to the International Terminal. Directions to the Aviation Museum Library below. 

On Sunday March 11, 1 to 4 PM, The Gardener at 1836 4th Street in Berkeley will host Elvia. She’ll give a weaving demonstration and there will be an array of the cooperative’s textiles and copies of Weaving Chiapas available. 

Wednesday March 14 at 6 PM, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way in Berkeley, across from the UC Berkeley campus, will host a book signing by Elvia along with Marla Gutiérrez from the Chiapas non-profit K’inal Antsetik which was instrumental in compiling the Spanish edition of the book. Q&A conducted in Spanish with a translator.

Saturday March 17 from 10 AM to 6 PM Elvia and Marla will be at Talavera Ceramics & Tile, 1801 University Avenue,  with a weaving demonstration, opportunity for questions about the work of the cooperative. The book Weaving Chiapas will be available along with textiles from the cooperative. 

Please email me with any questions. We hope to see you at one or all of these events! Charlene Woodcock