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November-December 2011

November 2011 & December 2011

Diablo Weavers Guild meets once a month, September through June, usually on the third Friday of the month.
New members and guests are always welcome.
Meeting and Speaker: November 18, 10:00 am
at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek

In September, December and June we usually meet at a member's home.

December 16, 2011 was our annual holiday luncheon at Vilija's. Our regular meeting on the third Friday of the month will resume in January 2012.

November Speaker: Bonnie Wells

Work in cloth reflects the story of my journey in life. One that has helped me learn a great deal about myself and perhaps my place in the world ~ through experiments made, both public and private, through cherished failures, successes and the many obstacles I encountered, and continue to encounter, along the way. This is a very personal story, of a commitment to the handmade, of respect for the creative impulse.

My Life in Cloth

For more details, see:

Possible Program for 2012:
Is there interest in a program/workshop on knitting and beading?

If so, Vilija will explore the possibility of sharing expenses with Treadles to Threads to sponsor a workshop by a woman from Colorado who creates beautiful knitted "wristers", wrist warmers embellished with beads.

Use a beading chart and garter stitch for a simple design:

Simple beaded design.

Or knowing how to read and work from beading charts, you can make beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs with a more complex design as below:

Looking ahead to December, and our annual Holiday Luncheon:

We will be gathering at Vilija's house: Dec. 16th at 11 am.

Bring a salad/dessert or other dish to share, and a small gift for exchange.

Local Events:
Livermore Art Association Gallery: Annual Holiday Reception
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Kick off your local holiday shopping at the gallery shop while meeting gallery artists and enjoying beverage and appetizers.
LAA Gallery is in the historic Carnegie Library Building
2155 Third Street (Between J and K)
Livermore, CA 94550

10th Annual Overhill Holiday Botique
Friday December 2, noon - 8 PM
Sat & Sun Dec. 3 & 4, 11 - 6 PM
One-of-a-kind handmade gifts and food from over 30 local artisans. Great prices! Bring your friends!
This year in a temporary location, just one block away:
1 Tarabrook Drive, Orinda

Alamo Creek Holiday Botique, Nov 25-27
3100 Martingale Drive, Danville, CA
Friday Noon -8
Sat 10-6
Sun 10-5
Come join us for a special holiday shopping experience! Over 25 artisans displaying quique hand crafted items: Jewelry, handbags, clothing, accessories, home decor, food items, hand made candles, soaps, and more. Cash and credit cards accepted.

The Richmond Arts Center Holiday Arts Festival is December 2 & 3 at the Art Center Building in the Richmond Civic Center Complex, 2540 Barrett Ave. This school which has on-going studio classes in weaving and other crafts for adults and children deserves the support of the Bay Area crafts community. Free entrance with vendors, exhibits, food and music. For more information, see

The Bay Area Bead Extravaganza is November 11-13 at the Oakland Convention Center. The vendor show is November 12 and 13 only. It is the best bead show in the West. For more information, see

The Celebration of Craftswomen is November 11-13 at a new location, The Festival Pavilion, Ft. Mason, S.F. This Christmas gift show is one of the best in the Bay Area and is always worth a visit. For more information, call 650/615-6838 or see

Windrush Farms will have a Holiday Craft Fair November 13 10 am - 4 pm
Located between downtown Petaluma and Tomales on Chileno Valley Road:
2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma.
There will be fiber sales and demonstrations and pizza cooked on a wood-burning oven.
For additional information, contact Mimi at 707-775-3390.

The Art of the Anatolian Kilim is the current exhibition at the Textile Arts Council. Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection will be shown until June 10, 2012, at the de Young Memorial Museum, Wais and Knowles Galleries of Textile Arts.