September 2010

Diablo Weavers Guild meets once a month, September through June.
September, December and June we meet at a member's home.
Our next meeting will be at Lillian's
September 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM
We will have our annual "Share your summer" and swap/sale.
Meetings are usually on the Third Friday of the month 
at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek.
New members and guests are always welcome.

Links to Local Guilds:
Under "Guilds" on the side menu we now have links to local SF & Bay Area guilds (Area 3 CNCH).
These links do not open in a new window; use the back button to return to the Diablo Weavers site.
Of special interest this month is an article by Vilija on the Treadles to Threads site about an interesting table Jacquard lo0m that she is restoring. Scroll down on the Treadles to Threads site for details about the history of this loom and how it works.
On the left is a picture of the loom, taken from the side. At right is a woven sash from Lithuania, probably woven on a Jacquard.

Local Events:
Valley Stitchers use textiles to create fresh art pieces;
A summer exhibit at the Orinda Library included Vilija's purse.
See the exhibit featured in an article in the Contra Costa Times:
Intricate work on a purse by Vilija Deutschman of Clayton will be among the work exhibited.
Workshop on "Dyeing Machine Knitted Silk for Weaving"
in Albany with Nancy Roberts is Sun, Sept. 26 (10 - 12:30).
This workshop is sponsored by Golden Gate Weavers and has a couple of spaces left. The workshop fee is $40 with a $25 fee for each knitted blank of 20/2 silk provided by Nancy.
For information, contact Lilia Rosenheimer at or Emily Brown at If Susie Hodges can help with transportation, let her know at

Golden Gate Weavers now has an exhibit of their work
Marvin Gardens, 289 Arlington Av, Kensington.

You are invited to join guild members at the Reception on Thursday, Sept 23 (5-7).
Walk-in viewing is also possible during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5 or Sa & Su, 10-1). Call to make sure they are open at 510/524-0800.

Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and its Neighbors

Lecture at UC Berkeley

Ms. Joy May Hilden, Author
September 23 , 5 p.m.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
340 Stephens Hall
Directions: to Stephens Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus

To Dye for: A World Saturated in Color
de Young Museum
July 31, 2010 - January 9, 2011

To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. A truly cross-cultural presentation, the exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods.


Information about an upcoming exhibition on Fashioning Felt:
Dear Friend,

I am writing on behalf of San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design. We are reaching out to local textiles vendors, artists and guilds about our exciting upcoming exhibition, “Fashioning Felt." Organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, this exhibition will be on display from October 2010 to February 2011. It features various uses of felt, from product design to fashion, architecture and home furnishings. We would like your help in spreading the word to your textiles community. More detailed information on the exhibition will be available soon-would you be willing to pass it on to your guild members? If you can participate, please contact me with your contact name and phone number. Likewise, if you know of any other interested parties, or useful resources for posting information (list-serves, newsletters, etc.), please feel free to contact me directly. I appreciate your help, and hope you will enjoy this exciting exhibition!
Sarah Wininger
Associate Program Developer
Margaret Kadoyama Consulting for
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design

Richmond Art Center Fall Classes and Workshops:
2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond CA 94804
Weaving on Tues morning (9:30 -12:30) with Jan Langdon starts Sept.7 and costs $225 for Non-Members; $195 for Members.
Weaving on Tues. evening (6:30 -9:30) with Stacy Speyer starts Sept. 14 and costs $200 for Non-Members; $175 for Members.
 Tapestry weaving of objects & containers, a new class with Judith Thomas, Thurs. evening (6:30 - 9:30) starts Sept. 16 and costs $180 for Non-Members; $155 for Members.
Dynamics of Design workshop with Jean Cacidedo, well-known Bay Area fiber artist, is Sat, Nov 6 (10-4) and costs $95 for Non-Members; $85 for Members.

For Sale:
Any items for sale?
We have a side menu item where we can add ongoing announcements about fiber related items For Sale.
An update from Stan Goodman:
Re: Margaret Goodman's weaving equipment and supplies.
At this point, in spite of already disposing of large quantities, I still have an enormous amount of yarn remaining in several cupboards around the house. Also, I still have the 48" 1951 Gilmore Loom (4 Harness 6 Treadles) and bench which I have mixed feelings about selling, though I would accept a reasonable offer by an enthusiastic buyer who promises to give it a good home. In addition, there is a ball winder, a spool rack, a couple of niddy-noddys, a variety of shuttles and a number of small tools and books on weaving and spinning.
I have been selling the yarn at $5/pound.  Asking $1000 or best offer for the Loom and Bench; $5 for the ball winder; $15 for the spool rack; $5 for the nidddy-noddys; $5-$10 for the shuttles of various sizes and the small tools.
If it is possible for you to conveniently remind the local weaving community of the continued availability of the above items, that would be very helpful and once again much appreciated by me.

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