2016 Conference Epilogue

April 27, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

The 2016 Conference of Northern California Handweavers has gone down in the books as a highly successful and memorable event.  Beginning with the Mayor’s declaration of the week as “Fiber and Textile Week”, the long weekend drew a huge amount of attention: downtown Modesto was yarn-bombed with some 300 pieces of textile clothing and art; a glamorous “wear and share” soiree was held in the McHenry Museum on Saturday night; 24 workshops and classes by nationally respected instructors were attended by over 225 registrants.  More than 3 dozen vendors and 7 galleries of finished pieces were complemented by on-going demonstrations of products and fiber-manipulating processes in a Marketplace that drew over 400 walk-in visitors.  Smiling faces and clutches of fiber permeated the weekend.


The entire planning committee put forth a huge and professional effort in assembling and hosting the conference.  They extend their appreciation to the city of Modesto, to the Doubletree Hotel and Centre Plaza, to the Modesto Convention and Visitor Bureau, to the Area II guilds of CNCH, and especially to the participants of the conference for their support in making this a time to remember.  And now, we each move on to other fiber adventures in the field of life.

State Fair Entry

April 14, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

It’s time again to submit your entry to the California State Fair. Hand Crafts submissions are due April 27; Fine Arts, May 4 – these can be done online! Let’s show California how amazing we are!

California Crafts


Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

April 12, 2016, Posted by Web Manager


Peaks and Valleys, Alcorn

Katie Alcorn, Peaks and Valleys, 2016 46″ x 33″ Eccentric weave tapestry Wool, silk, rayon, cotton

Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water


An exhibition of Tapestry Weavers West member’s work (members of various CNCH guilds)

June 13 – September 9, 2016

Mills Building—220 Montgomery Street—San Francisco, CA 94104

Opening Reception: June 16, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

Ruth Anderson – Textiles in Japan

April 11, 2016, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

Mr Nagata at workRuth Anderson has been interested in Japanese textiles, especially tsutsugaki (paste-resist surface design) and kasuri (ikat) textiles for many years, and visited textile collections and museums in Japan several times. She is an Advisor to the Board of the Textile Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums. Previously, as Program Chair, she organized lectures on East Asian and Southeast Asian Art. Now retired, Ruth worked at several museums in the SF Bay Area and at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.

Last October Ruth Anderson visited textile artists in the Matsue and Izumo region of Western Honshu, Japan. Izumo was an important center for the production of tsutsugaki (freehand-drawn paste resist surface design) textiles.  She will present an overview of the textiles and techniques she observed, and will show a few textiles brought back from this trip.

For April 2016 only – The TTAG meeting will be held at the Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St, Sausalito, CA 94965, Edgewater Room. The meeting starts at 7 pm. Guests are always welcome.

See our website at: http://tamalpaistextileartsguild.org

Field to Fiber: Modesto 2016

April 9, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Check out the yarn storming of Modesto:


and a fun video:


Thank you, Modesto! And big thanks to all attendees! You are great :)

Welcome to Modesto!

April 8, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Thank you for all the volunteers who are working so hard this weekend to put on an amazing conference.

A giant thank you for all attendees who are coming to Modesto today to celebrate the wonder that fiber brings! Have a wonderful time.

Click here for the conference schedule

Modesto 2016: There are Still Classes Available!

March 29, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

We are please to announce that a limited number of classes will be available for signup on site.

The Saturday classes (6 hrs):  Cost for preregistered attendees $120

For those who have not preregistered for conference  $125 registration plus $120 = $245

Taming of the Hue – Strategies for Color Neophytes  – Robyn Spady

Understanding the Design Process: Fabric to Wear –  Sarah Jackson, Weaving Editor of Handwoven

The Sunday classes (3 hrs):  For those who are preregistered $60

For those who have not preregistered $125 registration + $60 = $18

The First Cut is the Deepest – Sarah Jackson

Introduction to Fabric Analysis – Robyn Spady

Linen Weaving – Jette Vandermeiden (from Canada)

An Introduction to Supplemental Warp – Deb Essen

Color in Cloth: The Weaves You Want and Why – Cameron Taylor-Brown

A Saturday and a Sunday class could be taken by a preregistered person for $180 and for someone who has not preregistered for $305.

Those who are not members of a CNCH guild will also pay an extra $25 for registration.

Transactions will be cash or check only at the registration table starting at 1:00pm Friday.

CNCH 2016 Registration

March 29, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Welcome to Modesto! Registration for Field to Fiber is now open:

Click here to Register for classes.


Filled Classes:

A-01 Leno Structures: Weaving with Doups on 4-8 Shaft Looms

A-03 Not Your Grandma’s Dye-Pot

B-01 Weaving with Supplemental Warps without a second beam!

B-04 Lattice Tray

B-05 Introduction to Band Weaving

C-05 Warping Accessories

C-09 All Tied Up

Modesto 2016: Marketplace

March 25, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Build your stash! Replace a part! Explore new accessories; discover new fibers and textile tools!

Click HERE to see this year’s vendors! (updated 4/3/2016)

Over 50 vendors have been invited to fulfill all your fiber needs with supplies and tools for basketry, weaving, spinning, dyeing, and more. The Market Place can be found in the bright and airy Harvest Hall in the convention center.

The Market Place will be open to the public at various times throughout the conference for those not registered for a modest $5 per day. Registrants can enjoy special conference-only shopping hours, as well as unlimited entry.

Traditional Handwoven Rugs

March 15, 2016, Posted by Vilija

Diablo Weavers presents:
Leon Mayeri, owner of Golden Age Oriental Rugs in Berkeley, will give a presentation on recent trends in handmade oriental rugs from traditional rug weaving centers. In these areas – which include India, Iran, and Afghanistan – rugs are still woven by hand, with rigorous attention to detail and a broader range of design than ever before. Ironically, its no longer just the weaving and knotting of a rug that makes it appealing. A variety of surprisingly useful and relevant input methods have emerged, as the process of completing and finishing a rug has taken on a more important role in the production chain.”

Friday, March 25, 2016, 10 am. Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek

Visitors are always welcome to any of our Programs. If you like what you see,  join us regularly!

Location, directions and other Guild info at:  www.diabloweavers.org

Mr. Mayeri's showroom in Berkely

Mr. Mayeri’s showroom in Berkeley