Fiber Sculpture – Carole Beadle

November 9, 2015, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

Tamalpais Textile Arts Guild speaker – November 16, 2015

Carole BeadleCarole Beadle has an MFA in Textile Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA.  She has received many awards, and participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibits.  Her work is also featured in numerous collections.

Artist’s Statement:
Permission to express a natural order of life through visual means allows for understanding and respect to human needs, concerns and dilemmas. These works are frankly confessional, illustrating, interpreting, mirroring moments and observing the fragility of life in its on going process. With such visual connections, understanding the informed, compassionate and personal environment can reflect the global environment.

The evening activities of the TTAG meeting start at 7 pm at the Francis Young Gallery of the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross (east end of campus). Guests are welcome.

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SWSG Meeting and Workshop with Sara von Tresckow

October 13, 2015, Posted by NinaRy

The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is please to host Sara von Tresckow who will give a lecture on Flax and Linen: Fiber Cousins – Properties, Processing, Preservation, and Spinning, Tuesday, October 27th, 10 AM – 12 noon. Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, 95816. For information call 916-504-0039. Our website There will be a 2 day workshop on processing and spinning flax on 10/28 and 10/29. $100. Call for info. Sara’s website is

Tapestry Weaving – Alex Friedman

October 12, 2015, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

Dreaming of Green, 61″ x 53″

Alex Friedman has maintained a weaving studio for over 40 years wherever she has lived: Hartford, Connecticut, London, England and now Sausalito, California. Being able to create something beautiful from colored yarn and a spool of cotton warp is magical and is the perfect expression of her artistic passions.

Her earliest interests were in the architectural aspects of the medium: the structural imagery and the way that light plays across the surface both illusory and real. The rich colors and dynamic lines share design features with architecture, not to mention the same construction demands of building a tapestry from the foundation upwards.

More recently, Alex’s tapestries have moved away from hyper-realistic imagery to explore the true element of the tapestry “cloth.” The unique aspect of tapestry as an art form is its ‘textileness’ that is a broad avenue she has just begun to explore using tension, eccentric weft and other less traditional techniques.

Alex has executed many commissions: corporate, private and liturgical, and exhibited internationally. Alex is active in many Bay Area based fiber organizations and continues to promote tapestry weaving through lectures, workshops and exhibitions.  She has served as the President and Co-Director of the American Tapestry Alliance, and currently serves on the board of the Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum.

The evening activities of the TTAG meeting start at 7 pm at the Francis Young Gallery of the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross (east end of campus). Guests are welcome and a non-member donation of $5 is appreciated.

Workshop and Lecture with Jennifer Moore

October 5, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

Carmel Crafts Guild is pleased to bring Jennifer Moore to the Monterey Peninsula November 11-14, 2015. Jennifer is the author of the bookDoubleweave, and will be giving a presentation and 3-day workshop on this versatile weave.  On November 11th from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Jennifer will present “Chromatic Fantasy: Music, Mathematics and Magic in Doubleweave”.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  On Thursday, Friday and Saturday she will offer her Doubleweave Diversity Workshop on either 4 or 8 shaft looms.  The class size is limited, so you will receive individual attention.  Total cost which includes materials is $175.00.  There only a few spaces available, so sign-up soon!
Please contact Mary Brown (mlbrown50) or Susan Elliott (ptsurmrs) for more information.

Tapestries and Woven Pieces

September 9, 2015, Posted by Web Manager


Golden Gate Weavers is holding their annual show, open now through the end of October.

North End of Central Park Drive

Tilden Regional Park,

Berkeley CA. 94708-2396

The Exhibit is open to the public Tuesday -Sunday from 10.00 a.m – 4.30 pm

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Weaving in a Series

September 7, 2015, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

The Tamalpais Textile Arts Guild theme for 2015-2016 is Texture!!!

twill-x-positive-overallOur September 21st Program features Susie Taylor, who will discuss her own approach to working in a series and the many benefits for weavers, in general, to work in a series from economizing time and resources to giving one an opportunity to explore and investigate certain parameters.  She will challenge the notion that working in a series is monotonous and dull but instead it allows one to clarify individual ideas, which can act as chapters in a longer story.





The evening activities start at 7 pm at the Francis Young Gallery of the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross (east end of campus). Guests are welcome and a non-member donation of $5 is appreciated.


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

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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 .