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 




Loom and Shuttle June 2014 Meeting

May 13, 2014, Posted by Eve Conner

The next Loom and Shuttle Guild meeting on June 7 will feature  morning and afternoon programs by Robyn Spady.    Visit the Loom and Shuttle website for details

Tradition, Innovation, and Inspirations of a Contemporary Navajo Weaver

May 12, 2014, Posted by Web Manager










Tradition, Innovation, and Inspirations of a Contemporary Navajo Weaver

A lecture by D. Y. Begay

Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 10AM, Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.


The Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is proud to present, The 10th Annual Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Art: Tradition, Innovation, and Inspirations of a Contemporary Navajo Weaver, a lecture by D.Y. Begay, Navajo weaver.

D. Y. Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation, born and raised on the Navajo reservation in the community of Tselani. She was born to the Totsoni’ (Big Water) Clan and the Tachinii’ (Red Running into Earth) Clan people. Her early schooling was at the boarding schools on the Navajo reservation, Saint Michael High School, and later at Arizona State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and art education. Begay’s tapestries have been collected by major museums and published internationally, and have been collected by both private and major museums in North America and in Europe. Begay’s many credits include co-curating exhibits in Athens, Ohio (Kennedy Museum of Art); New York (National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute); and in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian).


Let Baskets Inspire You

May 7, 2014, Posted by Web Manager








San Luis Obispo Museum of Art will be hosting a basketry workshop, “Let Baskets Inspire You” with CNCH weaver Barbara Shapiro from July 25-27… Details about the workshop can be found on the museum’s Adult Workshops page ( All levels of fiber and textile artists are welcomed and the registration covers the cost of most materials.

The three-day workshop will cover three different methods of creating basketry art: paper plaiting, cane plaiting, and rafia coiling. At the end of each class, students should have a finished piece to take home. Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn about what inspires you and how you can incorporate your personal inspiration into your fiber art.
For more information, please see the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s event page:

Friday, July 25, 9 am – 4 pm 
Saturday, July 26, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, July 27, 10 am – 4 pm
$350 members, $375 non-members. Includes cost of most materials.

We’d Love To Get You Excited About Basketry!!

May 7, 2014, Posted by Jill Stanton

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, members of the Bay Area Basket Makers (BABM) will teach two workshops at the Caning Shop in Berkeley beginning at 12:30.

Introduction to Basketry: Twining: Learn to twine with your choice of provided materials, and complete an easy but satisfying basket in 3 hours or less. Three simple basket starts will be demonstrated, as well as a number of rim techniques. Written instructions will be provided for future use.

intro basket










Intermediate Twining and Problem Solving: Want to take basic twining beyond the basic level? Learn a variety of twining patterns & colorful designs. Must have a basket start: the basket sides will be used to create the patterns. Please bring 4 or more colors of your desired twining material to class.

int basket










More details: Free to BABM members; $5 for non-members. Materials fee of $5 only for those using provided materials. The Caning Shop, an excellent local source for basketry and gourding supplies, is located at 926 Gilman St., Berkeley & is easily accessible from I-80. For further info, contact Jill at: jillstanton9