Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts presents Lisa Trujillo

September 21, 2017, Posted by Web Manager






Chimayo Weaving

Begun in the early years of the twentieth century, this style is basically two stripes and a center design. The stripes are clearly derived from the Rio Grande blanket, and the center design is an outgrowth of Saltillo tapestry techniques. Along with a uniform texture obtained by the use of commercial yarn from a standard source, the style was very distinctive. Sizes in the industry became standardized and over the years new products developed. What was still essentially a blanket-weight wool fabric was transformed into warm and durable clothing, purses, pillows, furniture mats, seat covers, couch throws, wall hangings, and on-of-a-kind tapestries. For more information go to:






Lisa Trujillo, award winning weaver. Lisa and her husband Irvin are the owners of Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, New Mexico. Their weaving has received recognition through articles, awards, museums, galleries, and competitions. Their weaving is collected throughout the world, including the Smithsonian.

Lecture on November 1 at 11:00 during the guild meeting.

History of Chimayo Weaving

Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa

Non-Guild Members welcome. Redwood Guild Members are given preference for the workshop.

Three day workshop on November 2, 3, 4 from 9a – 4p:

Fundamentals of Chimayo Weaving Workshop

216 E. School St., Cotati, CA 94931 Copeland Room

Description: the workshop is primarily an introduction to the fundamental techniques of shuttle and tapestry weaving that are necessary to weave in the Chimayo style. The workshop also introduces concepts underlying the logic of Chimayo designing. Minimum 8 participants, Maximum 10. Requirements: portable floor loom or table loom with stable tension, 4 shafts already warped.

3 day workshop includes fee for Chimayo Weavers Guidebook:

Guild members: $215

Non-guild members: $225

Register: Online at

For more information contact, Jamie Blumenthal,


2017 Fall Liaison Meeting

September 11, 2017, Posted by Web Manager

CNCH Fall Liaison Meeting
Saturday, October 7, 2017
4:30-6:00 pm
Madden Hall Annex
Dixon May Fair Grounds
655 South 1 st Street, Dixon, California

Dear CNCH Liaisons and Guild Presidents,
As many of you now know, there will not be a CNCH sponsored conference for 2018 due to Convergence 2018 taking place in Reno, Nevada, next July. The CNCH by-laws call for a Fall Liaison meeting and although we are not sponsoring a conference, we are participating in activities at Convergence and have
information to share with you.

Unlike other Liaison meetings, this meeting will take place during the Lambtown Festival in Dixon. We encourage you to visit for details of all the events scheduled for the both October 7 th && 8 th . This will not be a lunch meeting so there are no other costs other than your travel associated with the meeting. While the meeting is short, we feel that we can cover the important topics in the time allowed and you can enjoy the Lambtown events at your leisure.

Dixon is located 8 miles west of Davis and 5 miles east of Vacaville. Activities and events include a vendor market, a sheep to shawl demonstration, and more. Lambtown Festival is scheduled for 9:00 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 4 pm on Sunday. There is a general admission of $5.00. Parking is

We realize this is short notice but hope that will not keep you or another of your guild representatives from attending. One of the agenda highlights is the announcement of not just one but two Convergence grants for 2018.

We hope to see you there.
Yours truly,
Your CNCH Advisory Council

Please RSVP:

Mt Lassen Fiber Guild Hosting Melissa Harris

September 7, 2017, Posted by Web Manager

Mt Lassen Fiber Guild is hosting a weekend of spinning workshops, October 20, 21, and 22! Please click on the image for full details!

Redwood Guild Fiber Arts Sale

September 7, 2017, Posted by Web Manager

Redwood Guild is hosting a Fiber Arts Sale, Saturday, October 28 10a -4p. Please click the image for more details!
Guild Sale Flyer Final 2017 (1) (1)

July 28 to September 3, 2017 International Fiber Arts VIII Sepastopol, CA (1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco)

August 1, 2017, Posted by Wendy Bertrand

This fabulous MUST SEE show by the Center for the Arts, Sebastopol in collaboration with the Surface Design Association includes about 17 woven pieces of the 80 works selected from 500 entries, two come from San Francisco’s Loom & Shuttle Guild: Deborah Corsini and Wendy Bertrand.

International Fiber Arts 8 Promo   (pdf via my website with all workshops and lectures)


Internation Fiber Arts 8 Promo


_Corsini_Fire Water                   Artist Wendy Bertrand with Loom and Shuttle guild members at the International Fiber Arts Exhibit Sebastopol

Fire/Water by Deborah Corsini                             Wendy Bertrand with City Life
Photo from Artist                                                                               photo by Diane Chehab

2016                                                                    62″ X 42″  Hand spun and commercial wool

46″ x 34″                                                                Marlene Golden and Barbara Nitzberg,
wool, silk with cotton warp                                     Loom & Shuttle members view show

This exciting show also brings workshops and lectures during August. Check out the pdf  shown above and attached. For example, on Saturday August 19 at 3pm Handweaving in the Computer Age by Sheila O”Hara.

Web Manager Position Opening

June 6, 2017, Posted by JAnderson

CNCH has an opening for web manager.  Currently the Web Manager maintains it as a Word Press website.  Applicants should have the following technical skills:  WordPress, HTML, CSS PHP, and knowledge of image/graphics software such as Photoshop or Photoshop Element.  The Manager would be responsible for the technical and legal aspects of the website and not wholly responsible for the pure content.  There is a quarterly stipend for these services.  Duties include support for CNCHnet and also contributors to the blog a well as technical duties dealing with the server and web site.  Attend Advisory Council meetings.

The job is from your home.  We would prefer a person who is a member of CNCH or understands the fiber world.

More info on duties and compensation is available from


20th Annual Spinning at the Winery

May 16, 2017, Posted by Vilija

20th 2 color

Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild invites you once again to “Spinning at the Winery.” We’re hoping the 20th year of this event brings exceptional weather as well as an exceptional day for you in Livermore’s wine country. 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, 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.

JUNE 3, 2017

Retzlaff Vineyards 

1356 Livermore Ave, Livermore CA

10 am to 4 pm,   $5 entry per person

Jason Collingwood Workshop March 22 – 24

March 8, 2017, Posted by Web Manager

Jason Collingwood flyer


Master Rug Weaver Jason Collingwood will be teaching a 3-day workshop in Walnut Creek on March 22- 24, 2017, through the Center for Community Arts. The hours are 9 am to 4 pm each day. You may register online at Jason Collingwood Workshop Registration or by calling (925) 943-5846.
The threading is 2/2 Twill. The course will include straight twill, broken twill and twill on opposites. Within the above three structures, many two and three color sequences will be explored, each giving crossed wefts (parallel and contrary motion); and clasped wefts will be applied to 2/2 twill, further increasing the design possibilities. Pick-up and 3/1 double faced twill will also be explored. This class will also include some work with shaft switching, where students will learn how to adapt their own looms. Materials list online at
The workshop is for ages 18 years and over, and the fee is $226 (plus a $3 processing fee). The course number is 33984. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Reba.


December 30, 2016, Posted by Vilija

No, not the Merino nor the Rambouillet, we will always want soft, lustrous wool. And, no, not the Suffolk or other farmed sheep for meat. But did you know that of the 1400 or so breeds of sheep around the world, over one-third of these breeds are in danger of extinction?

By seeking out fibers produced by other, lesser known breeds, we help to maintain the genetic diversity in the sheep population. Why worry about that? By necessity, industrialized agriculture has consolidated domestic animals into standardized systems of production. Animals are bred for genetic uniformity. Only a handful of breeds have been able to acclimate to these systems. Although highly productive, they are unlikely to adapt quickly enough to climate or environmental change, nor to serious disease outbreaks. The more diversity in a gene pool, the better the shot at adapting to changing conditions.


A Beautiful Dorset Horn

At CNCH 2017 Asilomar, we spinners have a chance to learn more about a few particular breeds of sheep that are not always on our spinning fiber radar – Beth Smith’s Princess Breeds: Turbo-Charged. As participants in the age old tradition of creating our own yarn, we should be interested in the conservation of the lesser known breeds. Beth is very knowledgeable in this field and will give you information about choosing the perfect fiber breed for a particular type of yarn, how to prepare the fiber, and tips on how it spins best. The historical back stories of these breeds are also fascinating and will make the yarns you spin so much more special.

Treadles to Threads Spinners Guild recently finished a year-long study of 15 rare and endangered breeds of sheep. Beside seeing the incredible diversity of sheep out there, we have learned there is still so much more to learn. This would be a great project for any fiber loving guild in CNCH, and this workshop would be a great place to begin.

  • CNCH 2017 Asilomar
  • May 4 – 7, 2017
  • Registration is open now. Click on 2017 Asilomar

Woven Together: Experience & Expression Postcard invitation

December 7, 2016, Posted by Wendy Bertrand

post-card invitation from Loom and Shuttle Guild for January13-February 12, 2017 exhibit.