September 1, 2018


Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Wednesday, September 26 - needle felted lavender-filled sachet workshop (taught by Wendy, supplies included)
Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - TENTATIVE: Sasha Duerr lecture, Natural Color

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff

December 15 - daytime holiday party at Amy's house, with ornament exchange

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  You can pre-order a copy of the book through Reba S. now.  This is also the end date for our combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, Date TBD October 19 or 20 - at Wendy's house.  Press your leaves now, before Fall.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Sat/Sun January 26-27 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

AUGUST 29, 2018

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. There were 22 members present and 2 guests. We welcomed Iris M. and Bonnie R.

Officers for the coming year are: President Wendy L.; Program Co-chairs Amy P and Carolyn B.; Treasurer Pam M.; Secretary Linda B.; CNCH Liaison Joan A.

Treasurer Pam announced she is accepting dues for the coming year in the amount of $25.  CNCH get $5 of the dues. She can accept cash or check. Her report included a healthy balance in the treasury to be spent for the benefit of all members. Spinning at the Winery in Mid-May is our major fund-raiser through the raffle items donated by members and vendors.

CNCH liaison Joan reports that the site review meeting for the 2019 Alternative Conference to be held at Sonoma State University campus will be September 29, 2018. All are welcome, but if you want to attend the lunch, there is a $25 charge. See Joan right away if you would like to attend and she can give you the details. The accommodations will be apartment style with private bathrooms. Room and board will include 3 meals a day, all in walking distance to the class rooms. There will be multi day classes and no vendors. The price will be one all-inclusive amount with sign ups starting after Christmas. 

Spinning classes will be taught by:  Kate Larson whose “Spinning for Knitting” video we watched in April, and  Judith MacKenzie. Leslie Simpson will teach her very flowing soft style for felting, There will also be saori weaving and mud dyeing.

Joan also noted that she had resigned her CNCH board position and it will be filled by Reba S. who will now be the Area III representative to the CNCH Advisory Council.

Show and Tell involved many beautiful things and stories of Convergence Reno, Black Sheep in Albany, OR, the eco dying and boro and indigo painting for sashiko embellishments on a pot holder at Wendy L.’s home over the summer.

Wendy presented the plans for the 2018-19 guild year on a power point presentation.  Information is included in the meeting dates section at top of the blog.

Linda B.

Guild Member News

Some guild members attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association, held in Vacaville in August.  Guild member Doris B. won the People's Choice award for her beautiful shawl - she processed the wool from one Jacob ewe, separated and combined colors, spun the fiber and knit the shawl.  Great job, Doris!

(photos by Robin Lynde & Dona Snow)

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Vogue Knitting Live, San Francisco CA, September 21-23

Weaving & Wool, skirted fleece for sale - sorted by breed, a few vendors.  Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, September 22

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby OR, September 22-23

Studio 49 13th Annual Fiber Retreat, Groveland, contact, September 28-30

Spinzilla, no T2T team this year - go rogue!  October 1-7

Lambtown Festival, Dixon CA, October 6-7

Movie "Shepherdess of the Glaciers", Bishop Auditorium, Stanford Univ, October 9

Modern Textile Design with California Natural Dye Plants - Sasha Duerr, Tilden Botanical Garden in Berkeley, October 14

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

Convergence Report (republished from last month)

HGA's 2018 Convergence was in relatively nearby Reno in July. After delaying for a few months, in late January I signed up for several classes that still had spaces and sparked my interest! I had booked my hotel room at the Peppermill in September, so I knew I had a place to stay!

As an add-on to the whole weaving/spinning/fiber related experience, Will and Kate Taylor hosted a 3-day workshop on the drawloom with Joanne Hall just before Convergence began, so I had already begun to fill my brain with new possibilities!

I hit the ground running on Friday morning with Robyn Spady presenting an introduction to the Bateman weaves. That same afternoon, I learned to make beautiful Chinese Dragon Boat decorations with ribbon woven over a cardboard foundation, with an excellent teacher, Marilyn Romatka. A superb fashion show that evening was a true highlight of the conference. WOW! The garments were spectacular on all levels, from beautiful fabrics to amazing designs and superb construction.

Saturday morning brought a class on loom and wheel maintenance and repair. The handout booklet made the session worthwhile. The afternoon was spent in the vendor hall, observing the sheep to shawl contest, looking over the many lovely items for sale and greeting friends, and buying a couple of tools. I found 2 beautiful Bluster Bay low profile shuttles for my Rigid Heddle loom weaving. They were a dream to weave with during my 2 day class using double heddles on Sunday and Monday, with Deborah Jarchow.

The Keynote address by Jason Collingwood drew a crowd of over 650. His perspective as someone who has made his living as a weaver was most interesting.

My last class was on Tuesday, with the wonderful Kate Larson. She taught us several ways to spin those beautiful gradient rovings that catch our eyes at the shows. She taught us her record keeping system, so you can go back and see what you did to create that yarn you love!

Yours truly then went on to 3 days worth of Complex Weavers Seminars and filled my brain with even more information!  The galleries were amazing. I attended several gallery talks given by the judges for those galleries. Most interesting.

A wonderful vacation for a fiber geek!


Reba's Dragon Boats