Kathrin Weber Workshop – Focus on the Warp

January 28, 2016, Posted by NinaRy

Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is taking Pre-Registrations for their Spring Workshop featuring the dynamic Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles (blazingshuttles.com). This workshop will begin on Tuesday from 1-4pm and continue on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-4 pm. The cost will be $130 with a $45 materials fee to be paid to the instructor and the venue will be the Shepard Art and Garden Center in Sacramento. To pre-register, mail or email your name and contact info (phone, email address) to: Susan von Sosten, 1837 Princeton Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204 or email Susan at sostenuto@comcast.net, and you will be put on the list. Class size is limited to 12 students. The workshop fee can be paid anytime before the class begins. Thank you for your pre-registration!

Weaving Workshop: Focus on the Warp (Controlling Creative Chaos) See http://blazingshuttles.com/2014/08/2015-workshops-by-kathrin-weber/
In this class students learn non-traditional techniques that allow them to work with multiple warps and design at the loom. They will use instructor provided hand-painted warps in which the colors flow and change, creating designs in the woven fabric that appear complex in planning, but actually spring from making flexible and intuitive decisions as they work. Students will work with multiple warp chains in a variety of ways. I bring handouts with detailed projects. Each student chooses one project for the workshop and takes home information for the others for later exploration. I work with the students as a group and individually as they make personal choices based on their chosen project. No two student’s warps will be alike so class members learn from their own warps as well as from the others. Weavers with more experience will be able to take it to more complex levels.
Students should bring:
Looms with dummy warps (more info on this later after registration). Personal weaving tools: shuttles (boat & rag), scissors, tape measure, threading hooks, appropriate sticks or cardboard for winding 4.5 yard warp (please do not bring thin paper of newspaper weight). 2 clamps big enough to clip onto their back beams. Roll of 1″ masking tape. Notebooks, pens for notes and handouts. Optional: Camera.
Teacher will supply: Hand-dyed cotton 4.5 yard warps in a wide variety of colorways, hues, tones. I will bring many more than we actually need for the workshop so that students will have ample choice to use in class as well as optional warps for purchase to take home for future projects. I also provide an equal number of solid warps for contrasting background design. Weft yarn to start projects. Handouts for future reference. Material Fee: $45/per student (This covers handouts plus two pre-wound 100 thread, 4.5 yard cotton warps: one space-dyed, one contrasting/solid in color)

2016 Children’s Gallery

January 25, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

The 2016 conference committee has added something special to the mix for this year’s conference, a Children’s Gallery designed to introduce young, potential members to the excitement of weaving. Any child under the age of 15 may enter, given that they have a CNCH member to sponsor them (this year, anyways). Sponsorship is easy, and there are looms as prizes for those budding weavers.

Please see the description for more details, and encourage your favorite young people to participate!

Click HERE for more!

2016 Conference Vendors

January 25, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Classes are always the highlight of conference, but the shopping is always a grand bonus. Here is a list of Modesto vendors including descriptions of what you may find within their walls.

Click HERE to view the list!

Susie Taylor to speak at Diablo Weavers Guild, Jan 22, 10 am

January 16, 2016, Posted by JAnderson

Susie Taylor will be speaking at Diablo Weavers Guild on Weaving Origami on Friday Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.  Susie has won numerous awards for her creative process of forming origami on the surface of her weaving.  She was featured in the Spring, 2015 issue of Handwoven and currently has a piece in the Surface Design show at the San Jose Quilt Museum.  There is no charge to attend the meeting and talk.  We meet at the Ygnacio Valley Branch Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek 94598.  We meet in a room to the rear of the library and there is parking in that area.

CNCH Modesto Hotel Info Update

January 13, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Modesto Doubletree opened rooms on the shoulder dates (Wed, Thur and Sun) at the $109 rate.  Only a few are available. Please speak with the reservation office at the local Modesto Doubletree, 209-526-6000.  Use group code, CNC or Conf of Northern Calif Handweavers when speaking with them.

Additional hotels in the nearby area will be able to accommodate us. Identify yourself with our group name: Conf of Northern CA Handweavers Let them know it’s overflow from the DoubleTree.

The Modesto Hotel – 3 miles away

Address: 1720 Sisk Rd, Modesto, CA 95350

Phone:(209) 577-3825

This hotel has rooms for Thur, Fri.  @$89.


Baymont Inn and Suites  – 7 miles

Address: 4100 Salida Blvd, Modesto, CA 95358

Phone:(209) 543-9000

They have rooms for Thurs, Fri and Sat. @$97 for Dbl Queen and $87 for Single King

Complimentary breakfast buffet, parking and internet.


Holiday Inn Express – 7 miles

Address:  4300 Bangs Ave, Modesto, CA 95358

Phone:(209) 543-9007

They have rooms for Thurs, Fri and Sat. @$153 for Dbl Queen and $144 for Single King


Stitching – Peggy Osterkamp

January 10, 2016, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

Tamalpais Textile Arts Guild speaker – January 18, 2016

Peggy Osterkamp stitchingPeggy Osterkamp’s work with Yoshiko Wada about stitching has inspired her, and she will share her thoughts and ideas, as well as bring threads, needles, needle threaders and cloth pages for participants to make their own needle books during the program with their stitchings.

Peggy will also talk about mending—as art and as a way to save our own garments. A simple and fast way to mend sweater holes and how to darn socks as well as darning as art, relaxation, and fun will be part of the program.  It’s a great way to reuse/refresh/recycle!!

The evening activities of the TTAG meeting start at 7 pm at The Tamalpais, 501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae, Study Room. Guests are always welcome.

See our website at: http://tamalpaistextileartsguild.org

Save the Date! SWSG Open House Feb. 13 & 14, 2016

January 4, 2016, Posted by NinaRy



The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild will hold their Annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento 95816. The theme is “Mysterious Fibers – Asian inspired weaving and spinning”. For information call Nina Rynearson at 916-504-0039.

Tricia Goldberg to Speak

January 4, 2016, Posted by NinaRy

The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild welcomes Tricia Goldberg as their featured speaker at the January general meeting. Her lecture is entitled “From Image to Loom” and her website is tgtapestry.com. Tuesday, January 26th, 10AM to 12PM, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, 95816. For information, call Nina Rynearson at 916-504-0039

CNCH 2016 Registration

January 3, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Welcome to Modesto! Registration for Field to Fiber is now open:

Click here to Register for classes.


Filled Classes:

A-01 Leno Structures: Weaving with Doups on 4-8 Shaft Looms

A-03 Not Your Grandma’s Dye-Pot

B-01 Weaving with Supplemental Warps without a second beam!

B-04 Lattice Tray

B-05 Introduction to Band Weaving

C-05 Warping Accessories

C-09 All Tied Up


Registration Notice:

Dear CNCH members-
Registration for CNCH 2016 has been very busy the first day.
 It appears that some who started their registration at 9am may have been caught in the test system as the online system was converting to live.  Please check your confirmation email.  If it says test at the top or if you try to go back into verify your registration, your number will not work and you will not be registered for conference-  If you put information into the test system your credit card has not been charged and there is no record of the registration.
You will need to reregister.
I apologize for any inconvenience,
Nancy Fisher

Remembering My Friend, Alden Amos

December 30, 2015, Posted by Web Manager

“A Stradivari of spinning wheels,” and “the best curmudgeon in the world,” is how he is described by the New York Times. Alden Amos was my friend. My enthusiasm for his recent article on “Handspun Rope: The Hows and Whys of an Ancient Craft” in Spin-Off  prompted a letter to the editor. It was an opportunity to tell the fiber world of the generosity of this man and his impact on me and thousands of kids who “learned the ropes” on a machine made by Alden. There are kids in El Dorado County who have photos encircled with handmade rope from “the machine.” Horses and ponies are lead from their pastures with handmade ropes from “the machine.” Children in Nevada skip rope with a handmade rope from “the machine.”

Alden’s infectious enthusiasm for all things fiber, his profound knowledge of woodworking, and his willingness to share left a mark on all members of my family. In his quest for knowledge of steam bending rockers for a rocking chair, my father asked if I thought Alden had a bit of time to answers some questions. On a sunny afternoon, after several hours in Alden’s shop, my dad reappeared with a smile on his face. Traveling home, he said, “I have never known someone who could impart such a tremendous amount of knowledge about wood, its lamination, and adhesives, AND who also could give you the composition of each and the whys of which worked best!” My husband was inspired by Alden to build a hammered dulcimer for me. Alden conspired with my husband to build me a great wheel for an anniversary gift. When my son was young and studying the Renaissance in school, he informed his teacher that he knew a Renaissance man, and his name was Alden Amos.  

How about a trebuchet from which you could launch fiber frogs? That project captured Alden in 2011 for the CNCH conference in Sutter Creek. Attendees gathered one evening to launch their frogs into a “pond” while being cheered on by Mark Twain. Only Alden would have found time to create such a diversion for a conference.

Alden Amos died on November 28 in Jackson, California. The gifts of knowledge, time, and interests that Alden shared cannot be measured. How will I remember my friend? I will spin and spin and spin, then I will “Git A Rope!”

Kathleen McPherson