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May-June 2017

May & June 2017

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

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Dues for the year Sept 2016 - June 2017 are $30 per person; $40 per family. If joining half way through the year, dues are $15.

May 26 and June 16 Meetings 2017

Hand Woven Ikat Diablo Style

May 26, Friday, making and tying warps. Library, 10 am to 3 pm BRING A LUNCH
June16, Friday, Picnic and Dye Day for your warps. Vilija’s home, 11 am on.

Be prepared to make some warps for weaving over the summer. Our next meeting will be a one day workshop where you will learn to warp up and tie up for Ikat.   Everyone who participates gets one six-ounce cone of perle cotton [approx. 1500 yards]. If you know you want to work with s different fiber that you already have, bring it to the meeting.

Our plan is to make small warp bouts, that will later be dyed and then combined with your own other warp yarns to create a warp striped cloth. The width you want to make the stripes is up to you. You will learn how to secure sections of your warp so that the dye will not penetrate. Dyeing will be done at the June Picnic. If you have some 10/2 cotton in colors, you can use that also and then over-dye the sections you don’t tie-off.

The warp must be kept under tension while tying off the sections that will not dye. If you have a portable warping board  or a portable warping mill that you can bring to the meeting, that would be great. If you have a rigid heddle loom with warping pegs, bring the warping pegs. Otherwise, we will have something similar on which to do your warping and tying. Obviously, we won’t be making 10 yard warps here, but you should get enough to weave up a scarf.

If you would like to make a skein to ikat dye for WEFT, a skein winder works great for that. Bring one if you want to try this.

Only other materials to bring is your own pair of scissors and a lunch. 

This workshop is free for all paid up Diablo members, everyone is invited to participate.

CNCHNet article
See the latest CNCHNet e-magazine for an article written and photographed by Vilija:

For Sale

AVL cone rack for sale:

The rack holds 48 cones and each side is 43.5” wide by 45” high by 5” deep.  For sale $50.00 OBO.
Located in Walnut Creek. Please contact Wendy,

Local Events

Saturday June 3rd – Spinning at the Winery

 10 AM - 4 PM    Jun 03rd 2017    Retzlaff Vineyards 

The 20th annual Spinning at the Winery, put on by the Treadles to Threads Spinners Guild, will take place June 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM.

$5 per person event fee.

Due to the popularity of this event we are open for wine and glass sales only. No tastings.

There will be a raffle and products for purchase!
This is a great annual event and a wonderful opportunity to see word class spinners and weavers in action.  Newcomers and inquiring folks are welcome.

Aiko is one of many artists exhibiting at at Uptown Artists, East Bay Open Studios, which will be having their last open house in June.


Weekend: JUNE 10,11 & 17, 18 (11am - 6pm
401 26TH STREET(@Broadway) IN OAKLAND

Textile Exhibition: Jolom Mayaetik
Mayan weavers' cooperative, of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico                  

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday May 2811am-5 pm, 2355 Virginia St 
between Arch & Scenic, Berkeley
Shawls, huipiles, tapestries, table runners, purses, pillow covers, scarves, tablecloths,     
      kitchen towels—handwoven of 100% cotton or wool on backstrap or pedal loom. 
All proceeds go to the Jolom Mayaetik weavers’ cooperative

CNCH at Asilomar
May 4 - 7, 2017

If you have an item for the fundraiser at CNCH 2017 at Asilomar, please contact Eugeina, even though it is past April 15. Note that you do not have to attend the conference to donate an item!

Asilomar 2017 Grant Fundraiser

This fundraiser is for monies to be put aside to award scholarships to attend conference. One member from each of our five areas is selected each year. Within our area, Diablo has has several members chosen.

The theme for this year is an ocean or beach-themed artwork, woven and/or handmade. They are looking to weavers and dyers for colorful beach totes or scarves, coasters, or placemats. To spinners and basket makers for fun sea creatures, creative uses of kelp, driftwood, or scavenged beach shells and things. Jewelry is another option. Let your imaginations run the gamut.

You don't have to be attending Asilomar 2017 to participate. Just give your item to our Liaison, Vilija, who will transport it to the Conference. All entries need to email in a photo of your finished object [or object in production] along with dimensions to: by April 15, 2015

All finished items should include your name, material, techniques and any additional information you want to add. If you are attending the conference, bring the item with you to Registration. 

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