October 18, 2016


PLEASE NOTE: The next meeting date is on a THURSDAY. Can't seem to get those Wednesdays anymore!

PROGRAM: Stephany Wilkes
She will be talking about how she ended up funding a wool mill and the unexpected challenges of textile start-ups. 
In Stephany's words, "I personally think that story is neat because it's "how far we've fallen and what we've lost, culturally and industrially" and also, this is why it's THIS HARD to start up a textile manufacturing business in 2016!" 

Stephany is a tiny flock sheep shearer and was certified as a Beginner Level 2 sheep shearer by the University of California ANR in Hopland, CA in May 2015, after receiving Beginner Level 1 certifications in May 2013 and 2014. She is also a certified Level I Wool Classer, having met the requirements of the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association’s Certified Wool Classing Program in May 2014. You can read more about her life and work at: http://westbymidwest.me

  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday] 
  • Oct. 29, 'Hug A Sheep' day at Meridian Jacobs.  Free.  Robin Lynde will put details on the web site as the time gets closer  http://www.meridianjacobs.com/
  • Nov 18, Diablo Weavers Meeting:  see info below on the program
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting, Robin Lynde and our own Doris Bergman [date change - Tuesday]
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party - more info below
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday
  • May 4 - 7, CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)

Master Weavers of INTERWOVEN
Zenon Hipolito, Joseph Young & Jaime Hipolito
Meeting begins at 10 am and the program at 11 am. Thurman Casey Library - the same place and room that we meet in. 

The weavers from INTERWOVEN will be speaking on this day and any Treadles members who can come are very welcome.

Zenon Hipolito, a Zapotec born in a small village of Teotitlan Del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. Zenon has been weaving for 45 years, following in his footsteps is his second son Jaime Hipolito born in Stockton, California, the eighth generation weaver and Joseph Young born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the third generation weaver. Weaving textiles is a Zapotec art form that has been passed down for many generations. Through their weavings they express thier artistic ideas, revive their history and honor their ancestors. Joseph Young & Jaime Hipolito are creating thier own signature pieces by using hand spun, natural dyed yarns, combining contemporary and traditional motifs while creating new color combinations. They believe their textiles are a link to the past to better understand the present.

They use two different methods to create their art. The first method is creating geometric designs such as pyramids, diamonds, and grecas(steps of life). This method begins after the warp strings has been threaded onto the loom and tension properly adjusted. The warp strings are counted by odd and even numbers and marked. The second method, non geometric forms which include spirals figures, birds, flowers and circular designs. First they draw the design on a blank piece of paper, then place the drawing behind the warp and dot the design on the warp which allows them to create a perfect piece of art.  http://interwovenfibers.wixsite.com/interwoven-designs

As in many years past, time again to come up with a sheep for our Holiday Exchange in December. The gathering will be at Vilija's house at noon on Saturday, Dec 17. Bring a salad or dessert to share and an ornament sized sheep to exchange. Lots of great patterns out there, so give yourself enough time to find one and create in any medium. If you run out of time -- a purchased sheep is just as cute.

Deborah Valoma will give the Keynote address at CNCH 2017 - May 4-7, 2017 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California:

"Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker"
Julia Florence Parker (b. 1929) is a Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket weaver.  Parker is one of the preeminent Native American basket makers in California. A respected elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and long-time resident of Yosemite Valley, Parker is prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller.

Deborah Valoma is an artist, professor, and chair of the Textiles Program at California College of the Arts, where her specialized field of research, writing, and teaching is the cultural history of textiles as a global aesthetic practice. In addition to teaching a series of courses on textile history and theory, she has published articles, lectured, and curated exhibitions. In 2013 she published Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Works of Basket Maker Julia Parker, which won the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Award Gold Metal for contributions to publishing and will be the topic of her presentation.

Members of our guild had a great time spinning the week of Spinzilla. Taking a bit easier approach this year, we hoped that everyone's goal was just to spin at least a little every day of the week. Our Carolina Homespun team and Rogue members had several get-togethers to urge each other on. We can report a great time was had by all. Much thanks to our sponsor Morgaine from Carolina Homespun, T2T member Wendy who always gets things going and enthusiastically keeps it going, and Amy who hosted us for spinning and lunch on the almost last day of spinning.

Little did we know that the same week that Spinzilla was going on for us spinners, the Cats of the World were having "Try to eat a Punkin' Week"
Kodi with his teammate, Junior. Junior ate more than Kodi.