August 1, 2018


Upcoming 2018 meeting dates:

Starting at 7 p.m.: Wednesday, August 29 (come with your ideas for speakers, show & tell summer projects, and fiber/yarn/books/magazines/tools that you want to trade, etc.)

Wednesday, September 26
Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween)
Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving)

Eco-print Day

Thanks to Wendy for her expertise and for hosting our recent eco-printing dye day.  Beautiful scarves were made with local leaves, iron, and tannin.

Reba's Convergence Experience

HGA's 2018 Convergence was in relatively nearby Reno this past 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

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

The Wool Gathering at Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville CA, September 6-9

Arcata Natural Fiber Fair, Arcata CA, September 8-9

Native American Basketry, Randall Museum, San Francisco, September 14-16 - with Julia Parker and her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter

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

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

Lambtown Festival, Dixon CA, October 6-7

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)