March 6, 2014, Posted by SClar
The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is pleased to host Sara Lamb, who has been
spinning, dyeing, weaving, knitting and learning new things for 35 years. The morning program will focus on the many aspects of weaving, spinning and dyeing. During the afternoon, Sara will give tips on spinning silk (bring your own fiber and spindle/wheel). Sara aspires to play with yarn in some way, every day. She maintains a working fiber studio in her backyard yurt in Northern California. Sara is the author of Woven Treasures (Interweave 2009) and Spin to Weave (Interweave Press 2013) and the soon-to-be-released The Practical Spinner’s Guide to Silk (Interweave 2014).
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. 95816. $3.00 donation appreciated. For information, call 916 508-8984.
March 6, 2014, Posted by NLAndres
So it is official. My job as coordinator for the textile program at Civic Arts is up for grabs. If you are interested in applying or know someone who might fit the bill, pass it on. Civic Arts is looking to expand the textile program, adding sewing, quilting, felting, basketry, all the fuzzy arts. Not just weaving as it’s focus.
March 3, 2014, Posted by Web Manager
The biodiversity of plant-based fibers and dyes is vast!
The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley invites you to learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes. From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through our exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature. Free with Garden Admission
Cotton, linen, and other natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, soya, abaca and pina (pineapple) provide a variety of material options for textiles. From basket weaving to denim jeans, plants have allowed for both utility and inspiration in our everyday lives.
Plant dyeing can be an incredibly rewarding and awe- inspiringmethod of creating color. Natural color can be created from everything from daffodils to eucalyptus. The craft of natural dyeing has existed for thousands of years. Natural dyes for clothing and textiles were most likely discovered through the process of cooking and creating medicine from plant sources. Natural dyeing is a craft that holds insight into the science of color and nature, as well as a window into the long history of inspired human creativity and design.
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March 3, 2014, Posted by Web Manager
The California State Fair competition and exhibit for California artists and artisans in handcrafts, fiber arts, needlework and quilts.
Publication of the 2014 Competition Handbook (rules and requirements) has been delayed for a short time. We will send an announcement to our email list and post to our Facebook when and where the 2014 entry materials are published. In the meantime, here are some details about the 2014 California Crafts competition:
Entry Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014
Entry fee: Entry Fee for the Handcraft and Fiber Arts and Needlework Shows is $10 per item (sets can be entered as one item). Entry Fee for the Quilt Show (Divisions 190, 193 and 195) is $12 per item.
Online Entry: All entries will be done online via secure website. Items to be judged will need to be shipped or delivered to Cal Expo (see calendar, below). For the Special Contests (Divisions 223 and 225) digital images will need to be submitted as part of the entry process.
Awards: The California State Fair will award Rosettes, Ribbons and Premium (cash) Awards plus there will be Special Awards donated by generous businesses and organizations (to be announced).
February 24, 2014, Posted by Eve Conner
George Strang, Loom and Shuttle Guild member, will present his Summer 2013 experience investigating Harris Tweed in Scotland.
February 6, 2014, Posted by SClar
The theme this year is: Fire Weave
Saturday and Sunday, February 8 and 9, 2014, 10am to 4pm, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95816
• Fiber Display featuring non-traditional materials such as tencel, soy, wire, paper
• Spinning demonstrations – a wide variety of fibers and equipment.
• Weaving demonstrations – traditional and non-traditional weaving looms
• Hands On – Guild members will help you spin and weave.
• Exhibits of items made by Guild members
• Special displays by Spinners Group and Weavers Study Group.
• Workshop Display – Samples of work from Guild sponsored workshops.
• Drawing of member donated items. Need not be present to win.
• Sales areas – all items for sale are made by Guild members.
For more information check our website at www.sacweavespin.org.
February 6, 2014, Posted by NLAndres
There are openings in several classes previously full .. one spot left in Laverne Waddington’s TUBULAR WOVEN BANDS. Bring your looms for either Robyn Spadys’ CNCH 2014 exclusive on EXPLORING WEAVE STRUCTURE ON A SINGLE WARP
or Linda Hartshorn’s SECRETS OF SHADOW WEAVE both 12 hour offerings !!!
See you there. April 25-27 !
List of full classes available at CNCH 2014 page.
February 5, 2014, Posted by SClar
Sacramento Weaver’s & Spinner’s Guild welcomes a presentation by Gudrun Polak - Introduction to Card Weaving: Discover Card Weaving: Ancient Technique – Modern Delight. Using simple tools, a set of square cards, a small shuttle, and any kind of smooth yarn, the technique called card weaving or tablet weaving allows you to create bands of intricate patterns. You will hear about the history of card weaving, and times, places, and styles that created the most remarkable designs. You will see many of Gudrun Polak’s designs and learn about her process of developing a pattern.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. 95816. $3.00 donation appreciated. For information, call 916 508-8984.
January 27, 2014, Posted by Web Manager
COTTON SPINNING MADE EASY -
INTRODUCTION TO COTTON SPINNING
Foothill Fibers Guild is hosting a one-day Cotton Spinning workshop with renown instructor, Joan Ruane.
Date: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Location: Nevada City Vet’s Hall
Cost: $60 plus $8 materials fee
This class is a basic introduction to cotton spinning. It is designed to show how easy it is to spin cotton and to give the spinner an understanding of both cotton and their wheel. Students learn how and why to adjust their wheel for this fine, short staple fiber. This workshop gives spinners proper techniques for spinning different forms of cotton fiber from the cotton boll to prepared sliver. Students will learn how to ply cotton and finishing yarns for weaving or knitting will be discussed.
Please contact Diane Christ by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for further details and/or to reserve your space.
January 27, 2014, Posted by Web Manager
Although Fiber Fusion will not happen until October 11, 2014, it is never too early to start planning. Fiber Fusion is growing in popularity and getting attention from many different areas throughout all of Northern California, Southern Oregon, and Nevada.
We have moved to the Patrick Ranch in Durham, CA (outside of Chico) for our “permanent” home. Patrick Ranch is a lovely 28 acre historic farm with the house now a museum and barns and fields available for events like Fiber Fusion. This year we are adding a few things to Fusion: sheep dog trials, handmade textile competition for juniors and adults, mini-workshops, and we are adding more fiber animals (including Tibetan yaks).
Another thing we’d like to add is a guild section. Years ago CNCH had each guild do a booth at the conference and there was a great amount of friendly competition between the guilds. We would like to do something like this again. Your guild would be available to do anything they want: demonstrations or showcase things your guild has done or just present general information to the public about your guild.
There would be no charge to set up a booth……and if there is much interest from other guilds in doing this we could even have awards (yet to be determined) for the best booth(s).
Please share with your group to see if they would be interested in participating in such an event. If so, we will be happy to develop this idea.
Let me know if you would like more information. This would be the first year for this so now is the time to jump in and help us determine what we want this to be.