July 23, 2015, Posted by Vilija


a handwoven dress from Daryl’s collection

sponsored by Diablo Weavers
Nov. 8 [Sunday] – Nov.12 [Thursday] 2015
10 am to 4 pm each day, Clayton [east of Walnut Creek]

Wrap your body in clothing from your own hands.

This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. Participants will learn to custom fit commercial patterns, [that they choose and bring with them], to themselves while learning all sorts of inspiring techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity. There should be time to make several muslins in the 5 days. This class is designed to teach creativity as well as technique.

Participants do have the option to create the “Daryl Jacket” rather than work on patterns. For this you would bring handwoven fabric and Daryl will help  to custom fit this unstructured jacket pattern to you, and then oversee construction.

Everyone will need to bring a sewing machine.

Cost for 5 days:  $325.  There are 5 more possible openings in this class. Please email vilijad for more info.


Field to Fiber

June 8, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

CNCH 2016 Conference At  Modesto

Field to Fiber

April 8 – 10, 2016

Reconnect to California’s agricultural roots and grow your fiber skills in Modesto April 8 – 10, 2016 at the 64th annual Conference of Northern California Handweavers.

Our venue will be the Doubletree Hotel located right in pedestrian-friendly, historic downtown Modesto — a short walk to restaurants, shops, galleries and theaters.  Think “American Graffiti,” George Lucas, and nuts!

Thirteen world-renowned instructors will offer 24 classes in weaving, spinning, design, basketry, and dyeing.  Introducing flexibility into workshop scheduling, attendees will chose from 3-, 6- or 9-hour workshops.

More than 50 vendors will fill the Marketplace for your shopping pleasure.  Share your work in one of the galleries or the perennial favorite Return To Sender.

For conference updates, watch for articles on CNCHnet and be sure to “like” us on Facebook at CNCH Field to Fiber.

The 2016 conference is brought to you by the Area Two Guilds of the Central Valley —

Central Coast Weavers, Del Oro Spinners and Weavers, Fresno Weavers and Spinners Guild, Golden Valley Weavers and Spinners, and Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners.

We’re Nuts About Modesto!



May 10, 2015, Posted by Vilija

Fleeces, Fiber, Yarn & More!

Retzlaff Winery1356 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore,   $5 entry per person

June 6, 2015

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Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild invites you once again to “Spinning at the Winery.” This  is a day to spend spinning, snacking, shopping and visiting with your fiber friends throughout the Bay Area. California vendors are featured with goodies from raw fiber to finished yarn, spinning equipment, fiber related goodies, a dynamite raffle [including a brand new Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel], and lots more that that you will find utterly enticing. Morro Fleece works will again be there for deposit of that beautiful fleece you find from local shepherds.

Bring your wheel and a pot luck dish to share for a truly enjoyable day on the grounds of Retzlaff Winery. The tasting room will be open to enliven your dining pleasure.

This event can be crowded, so please don’t bring your pets, even if they are exceptionally well behaved.

CNCH 2016

April 12, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

April 8, 9 and 10 of 2016, in Modesto, CA  (click link for the CNCHnet article)

CNCH 2016 intends to offer you classes from a refreshing slate of instructors.

Some you may recognize like Sarah Jackson Editor of Handwoven magazine.

Because they were just so interesting and fun, Syne Mitchell and Robyn Spady return with new and different classes to offer.

A number of our incoming instructors wear several hats as “spinner/weaver” or “spinner/weaver/designer”. Heather Winslow, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Patsy Zawistoski and Gwen Powell are great examples of interdisciplinary accomplishment.

Beginning weavers as well as those with a few miles on their looms will find invaluable assistance from Joanne Hall, Deb Essen, Patrice George and Jette Vandermeiden.

We have not forgotten the basket weavers and dyers amongst you. You will have the opportunity to work with Sally Anaya and Kathrin Weber.

CNCH 2016 brings to Modesto, from out of state and out of country what we hope you will find to be an exciting array of experts in their field. For further updates, class topics and titles visit www.cnch.org .

SWSG – April meeting

April 6, 2015, Posted by NinaRy

The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is pleased to host Linda Hartshorn who will present a Textile Tour of Guatemala featuring the traditional weaving of complex textiles on simple back strap looms. Linda is known for her unique dye work and use of color in her hand-woven textiles. Tuesday, April 28th, 10 AM – 12 noon. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, 95816. $3.00 donation for non-members is appreciated. For information call 916-504-0039. There will be an all day indigo workshop with Linda on Wednesday 4/29 from 10 AM – 4 PM for a fee. Contact Erin at bungalowfarm for information and to register.

CNCH 2015 Grant Winners

March 23, 2015, Posted by JAnderson

The CNCH Advisory Council is pleased to announce the CNCH 2015 awardees:

Area 1: Fawn Mackey

Area 2: Cathy Koos Breazel

Area 3: Carol Gray

Area 4: Sharlett Elms

Area 5: Barbara Thornburg

The award for each of the winners is free registration to CNCH 2015.  The monies for these awards comes from fundraisers held at the conferences.  You are encouraged to make something for this year’s fundraiser to be raffled at Asilomar.  Please go to their web site on the left to see what is required.  These grants are not need based.  Applications are due in the fall once the conference is announced.

Congratulations to the winners!


March 21, 2015, Posted by Vilija


If you are not able to attend CNCH’s beautiful Asilomar Conference, Treadles to Threads is offering this workshop at two different locations after Sarah’s stint at Asilomar. Sarah is a wonderful teacher and all around spinning enthusiast. You may have seen her books and videos which are great and quite popular right now. Here is your chance to participate in a local workshop with her. Six spaces available in the San Francisco location and just three in the Concord location.

In these classes you will start with basic plying, then move into the more complex types of plying such as spiral, chain, cable, boucle or core yarns

  • When: Friday, April 17th, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Where:  5452 Anselmo Ct. Concord CA
  • Price:  $50
  • Material Fee: unknown, but not unreasonable. Payable to Sarah the day of the class
  • When: Saturday April 18th, 2015, 9am to 3pm
  • Where: Quilt Works, 27 Blanken Ave. San Francisco, CA
  • Price: $55
  • Materials fee: unknown, but not unreasonable – Payable to teacher the day of class

Time is getting short. please call Linnie at 925-300-8431 for questions or to sign up.

A Common Thread: March 7 – July 5 2015

March 6, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

Bedouin Textile

Nuayriyah Al Ajami Tribe Storage Bag (Khurj), 1930-65 Robert and Joy Totah Hilden Collection

A Common Thread: March 7, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Guest Curated by Susan O’Malley (1976-2015)

March 15, Sunday, 1 – 2pm
A Common Thread: Opening Reception
Members Walkthrough 1-2pm. Please bring your membership card and guest passes if you plan to bring a friend.
Public Reception 2-4pm
RSVP to rsvp.

A Common Thread brings together the artwork of seventeen contemporary artists from across the United States who examine and sometimes subvert the centuries-old tradition of needlework. Representing a sampling of a larger wave of stitching fanatics, the artists in A Common Thread find inspiration in the medium’s history, materials, technique, and process to create works that are surprising, provocative, and at times, deeply personal.

The show includes work from artists Emily Barletta (New York), Gwenn Beope (California), Chandra Cerrito (California), Joe Cunningham (California), Lauren DiCioccio (California), Josh Greene (California), Aubrey Longley-Cook (Georgia), Joetta Maue (Massachusetts), Stacey Page (Florida), Maggy Rozycki Hiltner (Montana), Jeana Eva Klein (North Carolina), Rebecca Ringquist (New York), LJ Roberts (California), Hadar Sobol (Texas), Jessica Tang (California), Claudia Tennyson (California), and Amanda Valdez (Brooklyn).

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Weave A Real Peace Annual Meeting and Scholarship

March 5, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

WARP Annual Meeting

May 29 – 31, 2015

View the Flyer

Plan to join us for WARP’s 23rd Annual Meeting – May 29 to 31, 2015, at the Mercy Center Retreat, Burlingame, California, in the San Francisco area. Click here to download the registration form.

The 2015 annual conference will bring textile scholars, community developers, students and fiber activists together around the theme of Blending Tradition and Textiles. Opportunities for education, networking and renewing relationships make this a unique opportunity for fiber enthusiasts from across the country and around the world.

This year’s day-long program includes the following confirmed speakers:

  • Kathleen Mossman Vitale on Challenges of Documenting the Maya Textile Tradition
  • Maggie Leininger (Industrious Anarchy) and Rebecca Burgess (Fibershed) on Engaging Communities through Sustainable Textiles
  • Amanda Smiles (Ruraq Maki) on Synthesizing Traditional Textiles and Fashion Design in Peru & Bolivia
  • Rocio Mena Gutierrez (read her blog) on the Importance of Textiles to Grassroots Economies in Guatemala
  • Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein (Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art) on the Weaving Culture of NE Laos

Click here for Alice Brown Memorial Scholarship Information

Click here to read more about this event

CNCH 2015 Collingwood Class Opening

February 24, 2015, Posted by Ann McDonough

Due to cancellations, we have an opening in Jason Collingwood’s 3-End Block Weave.

Please contact our conference registrar at cnch2015registrar to sign up.

No registration is necessary for the wait list. To be wait listed for a class, or for any other registration-related concerns, please email the conference registrar at cnch2015registrar.