November 15, 2018


Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - Tapestry Weaving on Little Looms.  Attendees at the October 30 meeting each selected a 'pigtail' of Greenwood Fiberworks fiber to spin before the November 28th meeting, to be used in weaving on the cardboard looms that will be provided (or, bring your own little loom).  If you were unable to pick up the fiber at the October meeting, bring a small amount of your own handspun or commercial yarn.

December 15 - 11 - 2 at Amy's house, with ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

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".  This is also the end date for the 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

Workshops are open to guild members who have paid dues for the current year, unless stated otherwise.

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, 10:30 - 3, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday, January 26. 2019 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Eco-Print II Workshop

Guild members met at Wendy L.'s house for another creative and fun-filled day of printing leaves and flowers on various fibers, with the assistance of tannin and iron.  Thanks to Wendy for another great day, and thanks to Dona S. for sharing her photos.

Setting up the steam pots:

Mary unwrapping her work, 'assisted' by Lisa

Vilija's sumac prints on a pre-dyed scarf

Vilija's black walnut print - handwoven shibori scarf, hemp warp with cotton/acrylic weft

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

OCTOBER 30, 2018
7:00 P.M.
Thurman Casey library, Walnut Creek, CA

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There were 20+ members present and three visitors, Teresa, a spinner, Sheila, a knitter, and Tineka, shepherdess, spinner, etc. Thanks, Darryla, for bringing Teresa to visit.

Mary B. handed out the ‘Raw Material’ books pre-ordered through Reba S.

Treasurer Pam M. reminded us to pay yearly dues as our payment to CNCH is due Nov. 1.

CNCH liaison Joan A. reported on the September CNCH meeting on site at Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park, CA. The CNCH annual conference, June 20-23, 2019, will be held there. Joan reminded us that the registration includes 2 ½ day workshops, room and board and parking. There is an informal fashion show, a vendor, keynote speaker, silent auction and tiny purse contest. This will be a great weekend. Joan passed around descriptive booklets and postcards. Registration opens January 15, 2019. There is no provision for off-campus living.

Newsletter blogger, Lisa W. discussed the option of adding a section on the web site labeled “Fiber Related Items For Sale”.  Information should be emailed to Lisa W., and the section will be updated at least once a month, when the latest blog is published. Text only, no photos, URL links OK.  Please remember this is open to the world, so be careful about phone numbers, etc. 

MEETINGS: November 28 will be an evening of tapestry loom weaving on cardboard looms provided by Wendy. She provided “pigtails” of sliver to spin in singles to use on the looms as weft, so get spinning! Looms will be warped with 8/2 cotolin or similar.

November 17, 2018, will be a one day workshop by Lou Grantham from 10:30-3:00 p.m. at Amy’s house. She will demonstrate and teach Little Loom weaving. Cost is $60, and looms will be available for those needing one. There is a 15 student limit, please pay tonight.

December 15, 2018, will be our Holiday potluck at Amy’s house. This will include a sheep theme tree ornament exchange for those wishing to participate.

January 24, 2019, will be a Thursday meeting featuring Carolyn Greenwood. Friday following might be a shopping opportunity at Amy’s to get ready for the Saturday, January 26, workshop given by Carolyn Greenwood on spinning luxury fibers.

February, 2019, will feature Stephany Wilkes speaking about her book, Raw Material.

March meeting will feature Carol Ziogas speaking about her passion for indigo and sashiko.

April may feature Sasha Duerr if her tight schedule allows.

Show and Tell had many beautiful items from first skeins of spinning to eco-dying to woven items.

Wendy L. announced there is an on-line only small study group forming with Rebecca Mezoff after the workshop.  Rebecca has offered us a special price of $75 per person.

Lisa W. gave a PowerPoint presentation on her trips to the Wool Gathering sponsored through the Warner Mountain Weavers shop in Cedarville, CA. It is held in September each year. It is a beautiful area as featured on the cover of Stephany Wilkes’ book.

Wendy then showed a video from Rebecca Mezoff about her journey as a tapestry weaver.  Rebecca has a new book called “Untangled” about tapestry weaving techniques.

We then attacked the S’mores provided by Wendy.

Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making, UC Davis Design Museum, October 1 - December 9

The Seven Thousand Year Conversation: Tracing Ancestry Through Weaving Traditions in the Asia Pacific Region, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, February 9, 2019

Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24, 2019

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17, 2019

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019 - scholarship applications are due 12/1/2018.

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland) - closing end of November 2018, final sale: Nov. 23, 24, 25, 10-6 p.m., 3711 Grand Ave. Oakland, free street parking

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)