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September 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. 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. Last year's programs are listed; meeting dates and program topics for the coming year will be posted soon. 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.

Our next meeting will be September 15, 2017

Our September meeting will be at Carol Causey's house, starting at 10:00 am, where we will share what we did over the summer and also have our annual Swap and Sell. Anything goes for selling with a small donation to the guild treasury for those who sell items.

Also bring to the meeting any woven shibori projects completed from our shibori workshop and dye day. 

At the meeting we will also start planning for the November exhibit at the Orinda Library (see below).

Vilija will be collecting dues from those who have not yet paid. Dues for the 2017-2018 year are $30 per person or $40 per family.

See the side "For Sale" menu on the left menu or the link below for many looms and weaving related items for sale.

Ashford Rigid Heddle loom for sale

Looms, books and yarns for sale

Swedish loom for sale

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 or 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.

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

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:

For Sale

Ashford Rigid Heddle loom 

32" Ashford rigid heddle loom with stand. Accessories include small warping board, warping peg, 2 - 8 dent heddles, 1 - 10 dent heddle, a variable heddle with lots of inserts, stick shuttles, cardboard separators, 2 heddle attachment (on the loom now, 1 heddle attachment is included), Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell, the Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving, and 3 DVDs by Liz Gipson (Slots and Holes is unopened).

I'd like to get $900 for the whole shebang. It's everything I needed to get started and then some. 

Contact information:

phone: 925-899-9927 (leave a message because I screen my calls)

Local Events


The Botany and Chemistry of Natural Dyes
Michel Garcia + Dr. Vanessa Handley + Dr. Margareta Séquin
September 8, 2017 | 9:30am - 12:30pm
UC Botanical Garden | 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720

Dive deeper into the subject of natural dyes with three experts! Leading natural dye expert Michel Garcia will expound on chemotaxonomy, a system of biological classification based on structural similarities of chemical compounds. UCBG Director of Collections and Research Dr. Vanessa Handley will discuss modern taxonomy and plant classification, a foundation which can help dyers explore questions of phytotaxonomy and select dyes based on their relationships. SFSU Chemistry and Biochemistry professor emeritus Dr. Margareta Séquin will elaborate on the chemistry of plant pigments.
Morning coffee will be provided at 9:00am. Bring a brown bag lunch and stay for a picnic and informal discussion in the Botanical Garden following the program. 

$145 for Adults; $130 for UC Berkeley Botanical members. To register:

There is also a four day workshop with Michael Garcia at the UC Botanical Gardens.
$425, August 28 - 31, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aiko has a tapestry show  in Berkeley at the Berkeley City Hall.

Monday June 26 through Thursday September 7
Business hours- 
From Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

1947 Center St. Berkeley. 

At City Hall Lobby and Left side room ( Business room) - please ask for receptionist to open this room.

Please stop by to see her 12 tapestries.  

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.

Diablo Valley Quilters
2017 Quilt Show
September 16-17

Featured Artist: Diana McClun
Admission $10 - Good for Both Days
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

Tice Valley Community Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA
Register in advance:

Reba has been organizing this show, which will feature over 20 Vendors, over 200 quilts displayed, raffle baskets, and more. There will be a food vendor on site.
Also see the Diablo Valley Quilters web site:

Exhibit Opportunities

The Surface Design Association has announced an opportunity to participate in an annual event:
Future Fabrication: SDA 2017 Annual International Exhibition In Print. 
Entries can be submitted from July through September 15, 2017.
For an overview of the exhibition and details about participating see the website below. 

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art

October 14 - November 25, 2017

Juried by three practicing textile artists and curators: Marion Coleman, Karen Hamptonand Tali Weinburg.

In the early 1970s, a craft revolution swept the country. It coincided with the burgeoning women’s movement, the gay rights movement, the back-to-land movement, and many other movements, which were coalescing in the wake of the Vietnam War protests. Berkeley artists were at the center of this, and gave rise to groundbreaking work that challenged the traditional association of women with textiles in the domestic sphere. 
Berkeley Art Center has a rich tradition of celebrating fiber arts over the past five decades. During our 50th Anniversary year we saw the opportunity to examine the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the crafts movement of the new millennium?” Jurors will select artists whose work communicates a message, emotion or meaning beyond just the literal meaning of the object.

Digital entries are due by August 20 at 5pm and are to be submitted via
Slideroom with a fee of $10 per artist.
Click Here to enter.
Questions? Please contact Ann Trinca, Gallery Director or 510-644-6893