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November 2017

Weaving Exhibit and items for Sale

Diablo's exhibition of handwovens is currently showing at the Orinda Library Gallery. There will be a reception and celebration of the Guild's 65th anniversary at the Orinda Library Gallery on Sunday November 5. The exhibit runs through Thursday November 30, 2017.

Works that are for sale are labeled with a price.  If you're interested in making a purchase, send an email to and include which piece interests you.  You will be contacted with instructions. 

2:30 - 4:30, Sunday November 5, 2017

Orinda Library Gallery, 26 Orinda Way

See the link below for an article in the East Bay Times about the guild and some of its members work:

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.

November 2017 Meeting

November 17, 10:00 am at the library
“Coton Jaune,  A Cajun Love Story”

This month’s program features a 37 minute documentary film about Acadian Brown Cotton, by Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Cahillot Breaux.

The Acadian people, origially from France settled in the Canadian wilderness in the 1800’s. Afterwich many migrated down to the bayou areas of Louisiana, where they were able to raise the colored cotton that was a mainstay of their weaving.

This film documents the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and handwoven Acadian brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them. The film makers tell the story from hand selected seed to cherished family heirlooms.

See the winter edition of CNCHNet for an article about the history of Diablo Weavers, written and photographed by Vilija.

Local Events

Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology

University of California at Berkeley

Saturday & Sunday
November 18-19   11:00am-2:00pm

Masterful Guatemalan weaver, Bertina López Cumez will be demonstrating backstrap loom weaving techniques at this special event held at the Hearst Museum. Try your hand at weaving while getting to speak one-on-one with a talented artist and maker. Bertina will be joined by her daughter Mélissa who will also be demonstrating.
In addition to the demonstration, textiles made by Bertina and her community members will also be available for purchase. 

For more details see the link below:

Backstrap Weaving Demo

November 11-12, 2017, 11:00am - 6:00pm:

The final weekend of Open Studios in San Francisco. 

ArtSpan Fall 2017 Open Studios

Project Artaud Studio #205

Wendy Way’s Fiber Ways

Textile Arts and Wearables

401 Alabama St, at 17th Street in San Francisco

Take 16th Street BART, then 22 or 55 bus East to

Harrison St. Walk One block East to Alabama, One

block South to 17th

Hacienda Holiday Faire

at the Hacienda de las Flores

2100 Donald Drive, Moraga

Friday, December 1 

Noon-8:00 pm

Sat & Sun, Dec. 2 & 3

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

One of a kind, handcrafted gifts and gourmet foods

Over 45 local artisans

Lots of parking & great prices!

Complimentary wine tasting with Captain Vineyards

6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, December 1st

4:00 - 6:00 pm Saturday, December 2

Sponsored by and a fundraiser for the Hacienda Foundation

Golden Gate Weavers Guild Exhibit

New Fibers

November 1st - December 31st

Tilden Nature Area

Environmental Education Center

North End of Central Park Dr., Tilden REgional Park

Berkeley, CA 94708

Meet the Artists Reception

November 12th, 1 - 4pm

The Exhibit is open to the Public

Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm

For more information call 510-544-2233

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

Friday December 1, 2017, 7-9 pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar @ Arch, Berkeley
Saturday, December 2, 10 am-5 pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar @ Arch, Berkeley

Sunday, December 3, 11am-5 pm2355 Virginia St between Arch & Scenic, Berkeley

(All proceeds go to the Jolom Mayaetik weavers' cooperative)

From Charlene Woodcock, who spoke to our guild about the Jolom Mayaetik textiles:

I’m happy to say I received this morning three packages of the textiles I picked out from the Jolom Mayaetik weavers’ cooperative in Chiapas last month.  Some of the weavers are experimenting with new color combinations, both in shawls and huipiles.  Weavers from Chamula, where they keep sheep and process the wool for their weaving, have designed new little wool purses in the shapes of fruit—a pineapple, watermelon slice, strawberry.  The cooperative has begun a new program called Tejedoras Maestras in which six master weavers mentor and guide some of the younger weavers.  The fruits of that effort were shown at a house party in Mexico City last month to raise financial support for the program.

International Terminal of the San Francisco Airport Museum
A beautiful exhibition of the textiles of Jolom Mayaetik is now on display in the International Terminal of the San Francisco Airport Museum. It will be up until next April. It’s easy to reach by taking BART directly to the airport.


For armchair travel, or for an actual tour in Italy, the following website is interesting to browse:

Tastes & Textiles: Hanging by a Thread