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October 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.

October 2017 Meeting

October 27, 10:00 am at the library

Diablo Weavers Display:
Please bring to the October meeting items for our display at the Orinda Library in November. Margie will be collecting them at the meeting. (see details further below). 

Snack for October: Lillian
We will be taking sign-ups for future meetings at the  October meeting.


Woven Decorations for the Holidays and Beyond

Swedish Woven Star

For our October meeting, on October 27, we will be making woven decorations. The samples that Vilija and Reba have been making are cardstock and fabric variations on 8 pointed stars, based on woven Swedish Window Stars, traditionally made from reed, birch bark or wood veneer. Other names include Finnish Star, Advent Star and Poinsettia. We have experimented and have come up with some nice techniques to make this a fun and creative process.

Cardstock Star - 6" (below)

Cardstock Star – 12”

 Fabric Star – 8”                 Cardstock Star - 6" 

Joan will be showing how to make woven hearts. These are often made with reeds, but cardstock is a nice medium as well.

Reed Heart Basket

We have the library room for the afternoon. Bring a lunch and enjoy creating a few of these little decorations with your friends in the guild.  All the required supplies will be provided (including a wide selection of double sided cardstock), but if you have a rotary paper cutter or rotary cutter, ruler and mat set, it would be wonderful if you can bring that along.

Diablo Weavers' Exhibit at the Orinda Library

Thanks to Margie's initiative and Margie and Vilija following through with planning, Diablo Weavers will have an Exhibit at the Orinda Library during the month of November. 

There are details to keep in mind, including filling out a liability document for the city of Orinda. If you have something you would like to display, please plan on bringing it as early as our September meeting. See general instructions on this page: November Library Exhibit

The release form to copy and a link to download a .pdf version of the file can be found here: Orinda Liability form

You can also get to both of the above pages through the left side menu, under Diablo Weavers.

Update: At the October meeting Margie and Vilija collected items to display, which included the member's name, woven structure, material used and for sale or NFS information as well as the release form. If you missed the meeting or have additional items, check with Margie about delivering them to her.

November 1, 11:00 am will be set up of the display.
December 1, 10:00 am, take down.
Items will be returned at the December holiday luncheon.

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

Also from Vilija:
Vogue has an article about sheep shearing here in California in its latest issue. Stephany Wilkes, one of the featured shearers, will be speaking at the Treadles to Threads meeting November 29, 7 pm at the library.

Congratulations to Lillian, who was awarded the Edith Whiteman Memorial Award,  for handwoven artwork of the highest caliber of craftsmanship and technical ability.
Her piece Weaver's Knot was part of Small Expressions 2017, HGA's annual juried exhibit of small scale fiber art.

See the HGA website for more information:

Local Events

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

International Terminal of the San Francisco Airport Museum
From Charlene Woodcock, who spoke to our guild about the Jolom Mayaetik textiles:

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 Sale

Macomber Loom

• Macomber Loom  Ad-A-Harness B-5, serial #B221. 44” wide, 50” high. 4- harness. Has been in dry, clean storage. Will need new reed and a little TLC, just because it hasn’t been used for a long time. New: $2000, asking $400.

• 3-32 gal. containers of wool on spools or hanks. Including some carded wool.  $250.

Contact Sandra Wooton,