March 22, 2011

NEXT MEETING: March 30, 2011 7:00 PM


This month's meeting is all about sharing. Nancy V.T. and Vilija D. will begin with "Personal Sharing". This is our new feature where we ask members of our Guild to present a short program about "what they do". This does not have to be related to spinning or knitting or weaving. Let us know what else interests you in your life.

Continue to bring in "Fiber Exchange" projects. Last month we saw what some of us have done with the fiber we picked out last August. Keep working on it and bring it in as you finish!

And, of course, Show & Tell. Bring in everything you've been working on and show it off.

at Forest Home Farms Historic Park
Saturday, April 16, 11am

Come celebrate Spring and watch the sheep get their annual haircuts! There will be live music and demonstrations of old-time traditions such as lace-making, quilting, woodcarving and spinning.

Nature lovers will enjoy garden tasting and sheep-dog demonstrations. Children will be entertained with a maypole, 4-H animals, crafts, games and tractor rides. Come take a tour of the property and visit the old-fashioned Gift Shoppe. Food will be available for purchase.

Entrance fee: $5 [ages 3-12: $3] Fee will be $2 more at the gate on the day of the event. Pre-register and save the extra $2.
Call 925-973-3200 or visit to register.

3-Day - Adult, Beginning Weaving Class
Instructor: Dotty Calabrese

Sat., July 4 - Mon., July 4, 2011
(in Mountain View)

Time: 8:30 – 5:30 daily (with a one-hour lunch break)
Fee: $250, plus a materials fee of $50

Each Class Limited to 7 students

Contact Dotty at 650-968-1981 or to register.
Registration Deadline June 23, 2011

Learn to weave on 4-shaft table and floor looms.
Weave several samples on different looms.
Weave a scarf of your own design.

Beginning Weaving - This 3-day intensive class will introduce the student to the basics of pattern weaving and color/texture weaving, using a 4-shaft table or floor loom. Students will complete several pre-warped samples as well as designing, warping, and and weaving an entire scarf. Materials fee includes materials for samples and scarf. Table looms and one floor loom will be provided. However, if you own a table loom, you may choose to bring it to work on.

Dotty Calabrese holds an M.A. degree in education, specializing in art education, from Stanford University. In addition to being a professional weaver and an elementary school teacher for over 35 years, Dotty has been a polymer clay artist for 21 years. She has taught hand weaving, natural dye, and polymer clay classes to both adults and children. She is also the Handweaving Teacher at the Waldorf High School of the Peninsula.
Visit Dotty’s website at

Aiko is a member of Diablo Weavers Guild, an inspired tapestry artist, and a collector of beautifully woven Guatemalan fabrics. She sends along the following two messages:

Fundraising Event at Aiko's House
We, five Japanese women, are holding this event to collect contributions for the recent Japanese disaster.
Please come with your family/friends and help this event.
April 10th, 2011 (Sunday) 11:30 to 15:30

Aiko’s house: 1387 Walden Rd, Walnut Creek

Variety of sweets, cakes and bread [all home made], Japanese steamed rice, Handwoven scarves and tapestries, Handmade soaps, Variety of fabrics, Variety of Japanese goods/items, Guatemalan crafts( hand woven textiles, beads accessories etc).

Money collected will be donated to RED CROSS. Please bring your own shopping bag.

Thank you for your support!


Japanese Christian Church of Walnut Creek is having a fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

April 2nd, Saturday, 2011

10 AM to 3PM

1955 Geary Rd. Walnut Creek

Food: Bento boxes, sushi, sweets

Bazaar: new or gently used items, Japanese collectables, Japanese dishes, Hand Crafts, Silent auction

Event/Craft: Tea Ceremony, Origami, Japanese Calligraphy, Card making

Any questions, contact Ema Hirura 925-381-5178

Please bring your own bag for purchases.

All proceeds go to World Vision Japan