December 9, 2018

HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY DECEMBER 15, 2018 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Saturday, December 15 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Potluck Holiday Party at Amy's house in Pleasant Hill, with ornament exchange.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring a wrapped sheep ornament (handmade or purchased) if you wish to participate in the ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

Thursday, January 24 - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) presentation

Wednesday, February 27 - 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 only open to current dues-paying guild members, unless stated otherwise.

Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday, January 26. 2019 at Amy's house.  $85 for all day workshop, includes the cost of the luxury fibers.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Electric Eel Wheel Mini 2

Here is more information about the crowd-funded Eel Wheel Mini 2 that Wendy talked about at the last meeting.  This is the 4th electric wheel that Maurice Ribble of Dreaming Robots has introduced through Kickstarter, and the numbers show that he has a growing group of supporters.  Signup for the Mini 2 Kickstarter project closes on December 20th.

I have the Eel Wheel Mini 1 and have been so impressed with the prompt answers to questions and requests for feedback and advice - all very transparent on the Eel Wheel Facebook page and in the Ravelry group.  

The minis have small engines and are not meant for massive amounts of production spinning (bobbins hold ~1 oz), but are perfect for travel or if you just want to try out a really cute little electric wheel without a lot of bells and whistles for an extremely reasonable price.


Lisa W.

Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms Workshop

Guild members met at Amy B.'s house for a class taught by Lou Grantham.  Thanks to Amy for the space, and to Wendy L. for helping with the arrangements.  

The weaving was done on the Schacht Easel Weaver loom, made in Boulder, CO.  They can be purchased locally in the Meridian Jacobs shop.  Robin also sells other small looms.

Works in progress

Tapestry weaving techniques videos, free from the American Tapestry Alliance.

Meeting Minutes


November 28, 2018, Wednesday
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

 President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 27 present, including Trisha, a person totally new to fiber arts through a inheritance from her brother.  The secretary arrived at 7:30 p.m., resulting in a lapse in written records, filled in by Wendy’s PowerPoint files as presented to the group.

CNCH: There is still a bit of time to apply for a scholarship to the 2019 Conference at Sonoma State campus as the deadline is December 1, 2018.

Treasurer Pam gently reminded returning members that yearly dues began in August.

Programs and meetings: December 15 is the Guild’s Holiday Potluck and sheep ornament exchange. This will be held at Amy’s home, giving Vilija a break.

Our meeting in January will be on a Thursday to accommodate our guest speaker’s schedule. The meeting will be January 24, 2019. Carolyn Greenwood will introduce spinning luxury fibers to prepare us for her workshop on January 26, 2019, at Amy’s. The cost is $85 for the full day workshop with fibers provided.

February will be Stephany Wilkes reading from her book “Raw Material”.

March will have another guest speaker, Carol Ziogas, speaking to us about her passion for sashiko and indigo.

Fiber Events for all: Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24, 2019.

CNCH Conference, “Fiber Therapy”, June 20-23, 2019, Sonoma State campus, Rohnert Park, CA. Registration starts January 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Also shown was a Kickstarter campaign for Electric Eel Wheel Mini 2, a hand sized electric spinning wheel.

Show and Tell: Several members showed the small tapestries created in last Saturday’s workshop with Lou Grantham. Carol C. showed her bag of yarn from the combo project. Carolyn B. shared a gorgeous eco printed scarf and had her students make small eco printing projects. She also taught the technique to other teachers at her school.

The evening program commenced with tapestry weaving supplies distributed by Wendy for members to make a small tapestry. Many members had spun a small pigtail given out last meeting to use as weft. The supplies consisted of a stiff cardboard loom, white cotton warp, shed creating sticks, and a long plastic “needle” bobbin. Wendy showed a power point that looped,  showing small weaving projects prepared by others followed by a few slides that introduced members to the steps to produce a tapestry style weaving, including binding off in Damascus edge. A posted reference was

The evening was lively and ran up to our 9:00 p.m. ending time.

Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Weaving & Woodwork:  A Scandinavian Design Parnership, UC Davis Design Museum, January 21-April 21, 2019.

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

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world!

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)