Coastal Marin Fiber Extravaganza

September 24, 2014, Posted by Web Manager


September 25 till October 10

Opening Reception Friday Sept. 26th, 3 – 6 pm


Black Mountain Artisans will highlight 3 Bolinas Fiber Artists with individual and collaborative works!

Charmaine Krieger – Woven & Knitwear Artist

Patricia Briceno – Felt and Dye Artist

Marlie de Swart – Knitwear and Clothing Designer

There will be woven, felted and knit garments and accessories on display for sale! All items are made from locally sourced materials grown within 100 miles of Bolinas / West Marin County, and according to local “Fibershed” dictates i.e. local fiber, local dye, local labor.

Black Mountain Artisans

11245 State Route One – Main Street

Point Reyes Station

Tel: 415 663 9130 – Open: Thu – Mon. 11:00AM – 5:00 PM

September 15, 2014, Posted by Eve Conner

Textile Arts Council will present Helen Koo, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis who will present “Wearable Technology and E-Textiles, Saturday September 27, 2014. 10am.

Koret Auditorium, deYoung Museum, San Francisco.

Admission is free to TAC members, $10 for non-members and $5 for Museum members and students with ID.

The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild

September 15, 2014, Posted by NinaRy

is pleased to host Jennifer Moore, author of “The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave”, who be speaking on the ancient technique of weaving two layers of cloth simultaneously. Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, 95816. $3.00 donation for non-mem For information, call 916 504.0039.

An Afternoon with Four Generations of California Basket Weavers

September 13, 2014, Posted by Web Manager

Lucy Telles, Indian Basket, c. 1925,  courtesy of Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, Autry National Center, 2011_22_30

An Afternoon with Four Generations of California Basket Weavers

Friday, September 19, 2014
1:00 PM
Free, please RSVP
Location: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco

I am so proud to extend this invitation to you to attend a very special program at the California Historical Society. On Friday, September 19 at 1:00 PM we will host Julia Parker with her daughter Lucy, granddaughter Ursula, and great-granddaughter Naomi. Join us and learn how these four generations of Parker-family women sustained Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket making traditions that “carry the stories of an older California, of bracken fern patch and sedge bed, of all the Native women through the generations who gathered willow together.”

Julia Parker is a Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket maker and a prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller. Her family will be joined by Deborah Valoma, author ofScrape the Willow until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker, who will introduce the family.

This program is part of our ongoing effort to uncover the human stories of the Yosemite Valley through Yosemite: A Storied Landscape, an exhibition, eBook, andpublic program series.

Please RSVP online or by emailing Jason Herrington at: jherrington.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at this very special event.


CNCHnet Fall 2014

August 1, 2014, Posted by Web Manager



Creativity lies at the heart of all of us, especially here in our special community of artists and craftspeople, where, I believe, there is a higher concentration of innovators and experimenters. I’ve always been a firm believer that my creative impulses come from practice and a willingness to take chances on weird ideas and to roll with the ‘failures’. Always have fun and try to not be too serious.

I believe and advocate that everyone has the capacity for creativity at one level or another, but an article in the Atlantic last week challenged me to think more deeply about what this means to me. Maybe creativity IS a little bit of a talent rather than merely hard work, and we should each cherish that part of ourselves as a gift. A slightly older, second article I found in Slate talks about the challenges of being creative in a world that just wants fast and reliable. It is nice to be surrounded by people that value creative craziness!

I urge you to enjoy this issue of CNCHnet, and remember to thank yourself and those other creative people surrounding you for being special! Thank you, authors for such a great issue!

Textiles in Public Spaces

July 30, 2014, Posted by Web Manager

I’ve been seeing articles on public space/installation in ways that take inspiration from doilies recently and thought I’d share a few pictures and posts. Perhaps some of you will be inspired to beautify your fence lines or screen doors!

Jewelry of Public Spaces


Decorated Chain-link Fencing!bq8cB0


Teacher Roster for CNCH 2015

June 24, 2014, Posted by Web Manager

We are excited to announce the teachers for CNCH 2015 – Asilomar! Remember, these classes run the full length of the conference, so you will have lots of time to get in-depth with your teacher and subject.

Registration begins in November, so get your dreaming caps on!

Click HERE to view the teacher roster.

Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabrics

June 9, 2014, Posted by Ann McDonough


Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is sponsoring a 2 day workshop on “Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabrics” with Teresa Ruch in August.

The purpose of this workshop is to understand how drape can be created in a handwoven fabric. It is a combination of fiber characteristics, yarn twist, the sett (ends per inch), the weave structure or the number of intersections of yarn per inch and the finish of the fabric. All of the factors contribute to the drape of the fabric.

Each of the participants will be given a painted/dyed warp ahead of time to warp their looms at a specific sett. This warp will be of either bamboo, 5/2 tencel, 10/2 tencel or a combination of one strand of bamboo and one of 5/2 tencel. You will work on your own loom and you will do a set number of samples on your warp this will be compared with a partners warp. I will bring the wefts for you to use. Two sets of samples will be woven; one to be left as is and the other to be wet finished so you can see the change in the hand and drape. There should be enough left of the warp to weave a short scarf, 55 to 60 inches. Discussion will include the weight, drape and possible end use of each sample and why it would better for certain garments over another type.
Individuals should be able to warp a loom and read a draft.

Instructor: Teresa Ruch
Material Fee: $95 includes handpainted 6 yd warp, various weft yarns, and handouts.

When: Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd 2014
Where: Amazing Yarns, Emerald Hills, Redwood City
Cost: Approximately $120/person plus material fee (final cost based on number of attendees);
Non-guild members will be charged $30 membership fee.

For more information or to register: Barbara O’Connor, barbara_oconnor at earthlink dot net or 650 592-2435

Silk Road Caravan Sale

June 8, 2014, Posted by Eve Conner


Sponsored by the Textile Arts Council of the de Young Museum

A generous percentage of each sale benefits the TAC.

Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, 10am -4pm.
Open House 676 Santa Rosa Avenue, Berkeley.

A very special two-day sale of Central Asian textiles from the extensive private collection of Bay Area collector Susan Meller, author of RUSSIAN TEXTILES: Printed Cloth for the Bazaars of Central Asia and SILK and COTTON: Textiles from the Central Asia that was.

An amazing cross-section of over 600 19th and 20th century urban and nomadic textiles will be offered.

Branch Out with Fibers – PHOTOS!

May 23, 2014, Posted by Web Manager












Photos from the 2014 Branch out with Fibers conference are now online and available for your viewing pleasure. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered their free time to put this conference together! It’s hard work with lots of tears and joy, and it’s so worth seeing all the happy faces, excited to learn and play.

Click here for the galleries