Golden Gate Weavers

July 25, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Golden Gate Weavers has their second show at the U.C. Faculty Club at U.C. Berkeley Campus thru July 31 st.

It is open to the public every day from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm 

The Faculty Club itself is a beautiful old Building.It was built in 1902 by Bernard Maybeck and John Galen Howard. You can also eat lunch and dinner there. The food is good and quite inexpensive. They also have a white tablecloth area which is more expensive.

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Judith Sorgan

July 1, 2016, Posted by JAnderson

Judith Sorgan died June 8, 2016 from complications of a stroke she suffered in November, 2014.

Judith joined Tamalpais Guild in 1970 and served as President from 1975-1976 and again from 1994-1996.  Judith served on the CNCH Advisory Council and was President from 2009-2010.  She went off the Advisory Council for a year to chair the successful 2009 Conference in Sonoma becoming President when she returned to the AdCon in the summer of 2009.  She was an accomplished spinner, knitter, weaver and seamstress.  She was well respected by all her knew and worked with her.

June 11 Lecture – TAC

June 3, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Costumes for Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” 1909-1929

June 11, 2016,
10:00 am – 11:30 am

For a period of twenty years (1909–1929) Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” astonished European audiences and became the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. By employing very talented designer/artists in ground breaking artistic collaborations, his company redefined the aesthetics of ballet. Focusing on selected costumes, this lecture shows the relationships between designers’ sketches, finished costumes, and thematic interpretations. We will look carefully at costume details and talk about the various fabrics and decorative trims that were used. In a few cases, we will discuss the relationship between costumes and choreographic movements.  Fortunately, many of the original costumes have been carefully preserved in museum collections in Europe, the United States, and Australia, enabling us to explore through close-up images the rich and beautiful costumes associated with the Ballets Russes.

William Eddelman, associate professor of Theatre History and Design, Emeritus, Stanford University, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, is a specialist in international theatrical design.
During his teaching career, he combined the creative and academic worlds through practical stage design work and classroom teaching. Additionally, he established the Theatrical Design Collection at the Museum of Performance and Design (San Francisco) and is currently building a research library in International Theatre Design for the Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, FAMSF.

Ticket Information

Tickets available at the door, TAC accepts cash or personal checks.

Free to members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF
$10 general admission

de Young Museum | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Class Opportunity – Grass Valley, CA

June 1, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Foothill Fibers Guild in Grass Valley, CA is hosting a workshop that might interest you.
Workshop: Weave to Sew with Diane Palme
Thur & Fri, November 3rd and 4th, 2016
Both days: $100
Day One only: $50
Contact to register.

In this workshop, you will learn to design and weave fabrics to make clothes that you love. The instructor will provide advice on choosing yarns, structures, patterns and colors as well as how to modify commercial sewing patterns for narrow widths, ideas for sampling and fabric calculations. Day one is primarily lecture, instruction and discussion. The second day requires prior thought as students will work on their actual design ideas meaning specific fabric/patterns (or general ideas). Students will learn to lay out the pattern, how to cut it or how to weave the appropriate fabric for a specific pattern. If a student does not have already woven fabric or a specific pattern, the class will discuss possibilities. We will not be weaving in this class; You can read more about the instructor here:


May 14, 2016, Posted by Vilija

sheep, yarn, wine

Treadles to Threads Spinners Guild once again invites everyone to our annual spinning day at Retzlaff Winery on June 4, 2016. This will be the nineteenth annual year for this spinners event. Featured are a group of select California Vendors of yarn, fleeces, fiber of all sorts and various other goods a spinner can’t live without.

Come with your wheel, a friend, your family, knitting or whatever you would like to do on this casual fiber filled day. Bring a dish to share if you want to participate in the great pot-luck lunch. Wine, of course, water and soda will be available from the Winery, as will tastings of their award winning wines.

Retzlaff Winery

1356 Livermore Ave, Livermore

June 4, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm

$5 entry per person

Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild Event Recap

May 12, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Saturday, April 30, 2016, six members of Mt Lassen Fiber Guild (Chico) participated in Chico’s Blue Oak School’s May Faire.

Blustery winds required cement blocks and gallon water jugs to be tied to the canopy legs to prevent take off, while several woven pieces waving gaily in the wind attracted young attendees, aged kindergarten to eighth grades.

Our focus was on fiber fun for the kids, which included hands-on activities and take-a-way kits. Gale Ulvang warped her rigid heddle loom with colorful wool. Lori Mason warped a hula hoop with strips of torn sheets and Cyndi Dickinson brought her four-harness table loom ready for the children to weave a colorful banner. Caroline Warren very generously shared her wool roving to give kids the chance to pedal on her spinning wheel. Felicia Heidrick knitted yards of tube socks on her sock knitting machine—kids were seen turning the handle and later wearing pieces as headbands and bracelets. Cyndi Dickinson, Lori Mason and Linda Hilgeman taught children to weave with drinking straws and braid with Kumihimo disks. Over a hundred take-a-way kits were given to interested children. Baskets of alpaca fleece were available to create hanging fleece balls for birds to use in nest building.

While the event was targeted to children, their parents and family members also showed an interest in fiber, with several new member applications filled out to Mt Lassen Fiber Guild.

Over all, it was a very successful day for children (and their parents) to play with fiber as well as for Mt Lassen Fiber Guild to fulfill our mission statement:

The purpose of Mt Lassen Fiber Guild

 shall be to promote fiber art of high standard,

 provide educational opportunities,

create friendly cooperation among members,

and to stimulate public interest in fiber art.

Submitted by Linda Hilgeman –President – Mt Lassen Fiber Guild-Chico

Photos by Jean Andrews

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2016 Conference Epilogue

April 27, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

The 2016 Conference of Northern California Handweavers has gone down in the books as a highly successful and memorable event.  Beginning with the Mayor’s declaration of the week as “Fiber and Textile Week”, the long weekend drew a huge amount of attention: downtown Modesto was yarn-bombed with some 300 pieces of textile clothing and art; a glamorous “wear and share” soiree was held in the McHenry Museum on Saturday night; 24 workshops and classes by nationally respected instructors were attended by over 225 registrants.  More than 3 dozen vendors and 7 galleries of finished pieces were complemented by on-going demonstrations of products and fiber-manipulating processes in a Marketplace that drew over 400 walk-in visitors.  Smiling faces and clutches of fiber permeated the weekend.


The entire planning committee put forth a huge and professional effort in assembling and hosting the conference.  They extend their appreciation to the city of Modesto, to the Doubletree Hotel and Centre Plaza, to the Modesto Convention and Visitor Bureau, to the Area II guilds of CNCH, and especially to the participants of the conference for their support in making this a time to remember.  And now, we each move on to other fiber adventures in the field of life.

State Fair Entry

April 14, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

It’s time again to submit your entry to the California State Fair. Hand Crafts submissions are due April 27; Fine Arts, May 4 – these can be done online! Let’s show California how amazing we are!

California Crafts


Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

April 12, 2016, Posted by Web Manager


Peaks and Valleys, Alcorn

Katie Alcorn, Peaks and Valleys, 2016 46″ x 33″ Eccentric weave tapestry Wool, silk, rayon, cotton

Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water


An exhibition of Tapestry Weavers West member’s work (members of various CNCH guilds)

June 13 – September 9, 2016

Mills Building—220 Montgomery Street—San Francisco, CA 94104

Opening Reception: June 16, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

Ruth Anderson – Textiles in Japan

April 11, 2016, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

Mr Nagata at workRuth Anderson has been interested in Japanese textiles, especially tsutsugaki (paste-resist surface design) and kasuri (ikat) textiles for many years, and visited textile collections and museums in Japan several times. She is an Advisor to the Board of the Textile Arts Council, Fine Arts Museums. Previously, as Program Chair, she organized lectures on East Asian and Southeast Asian Art. Now retired, Ruth worked at several museums in the SF Bay Area and at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.

Last October Ruth Anderson visited textile artists in the Matsue and Izumo region of Western Honshu, Japan. Izumo was an important center for the production of tsutsugaki (freehand-drawn paste resist surface design) textiles.  She will present an overview of the textiles and techniques she observed, and will show a few textiles brought back from this trip.

For April 2016 only – The TTAG meeting will be held at the Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St, Sausalito, CA 94965, Edgewater Room. The meeting starts at 7 pm. Guests are always welcome.

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