Today – Friday April 18th …

April 17, 2014, Posted by NLAndres

Today is the last day to register for CNCH 2014 online  ….

Register Here


Convergence 2014 Scholarship

April 9, 2014, Posted by JAnderson

Are you going to Providence, RI this summer for Convergence?  You should consider applying for the Convergence Scholarship.  No one applied  for the $1000 scholarship in Feb so we are opening it up again.  The money for the scholarship was funded when CNCH assisted Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1990 for their conference in San Jose.

The scholarship is not need based and is judged anonymously.  The Advisory Council asks that you give back to the fiber community in some way, preferably an article in our CNCHnet Journal.

The application is due May 1, 2014.  The form is available HERE.




Indian Folk Textiles – San Francisco, March 10 – May 30 2014

April 2, 2014, Posted by Web Manager

sjmqt March 10 – May 30, 2014
Indian Folk Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers

 As originally seen at the SJMQT, The Mills Building presents Indian Folk Textiles  from the Collection of Carol Summers running March 10 through May 30, 2014.



The Mills Building
220 Montgomery St #1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Open M-F 8am-6pm

Updated Call for Entry – CA State Fair

April 1, 2014, Posted by Web Manager

California Crafts
The Handcraft, Fiber Art &Needlework and Quilt competition of the California State Fair invites California residents 18 years of age and older to enter. All entered items must have been completed in the past two years.

Online Entry is now available
Entry Deadline - Friday, April 25, 2014
Entry Fee – $10 for Handcraft and Fiber Art & Needlework; $12 for Quilts
For requirements and on-line entry go to
then scroll down to “California Crafts” and follow the links to “Handbook” for rules and “enter online” to enter.

          Division 223 – Upcycle Fashion
Re-purpose a garment or make a garment from recycled materials.
          Division 225 – Hunting Shawl inspired by Hunger Games
                   Submit your original garment inspired by the now-famous hunting shawl
                   featured in the movie
Special Contest Entry Fee: $10
Online entry requires upload of digital photographs of the entered item
Cash Awards:
Over $7,500 in State Fair premium awards
Additional Special Awards of $50 to $100 cash or gift certificates are donated by businesses and arts organizations.
For Information contact: crafts or call 916-263-3161

Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild

March 30, 2014, Posted by SClar

The Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is pleased to present Lolli Jacobsen who traveled to the south coast of Oaxaca to view the production of the fantastic purple dye from the purpura pansa shellfish. Only a few people in the world have the skills to extract the dye known in the past as “royal purple”. Lolli observed Habacuc Avendano, a traditional shell dyer, harvest the dye while preserving the life of the snail for future generations.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. 95816. $3.00 donation appreciated. For information, call 916 508-8984.

Market Place Vendors List!

March 22, 2014, Posted by GynnaB

Above the Fray-Traditional Hilltribe Art

Traditional hand-woven silks and other textiles personally selected from village artisans in hilltribe Laos and Vietnam.



AVL Looms Inc.

World renowned loom and weaving equipment manufacturer, featuring our computerized, table-top loom, the Little Weaver.



Bay Area Comfort Footwear

Comfort sandals and shoes, made from the finest leathers. Five support areas, reflexology and shock absorption. Can be customized for specific foot needs. Choice of 70 leathers.



Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco

Finely woven Peruvian textiles and handspun Alpaca yarn.
Also natural colored yarns from our Corriedale/cross  flock at Bodega Pastures.

Creative Designs 

Shawl pins, wooden buttons and earrings  Co.  Booth number 613

Dyeing Art

Fibers, yarns, books, baskets and notions.



Eugene Textile Center

Weaving, spinning, felting supplies. Yarn, fiber, books, dyes and many other fun items.



Faerie Mountain Fibers

Batts-hand dyed and carded, felting fibers, spinning fibers, spindles, stitch markers, hand dyed silks and un-dyed fiber



Gilmore Looms

Floor looms, Inkle looms, weaving and spinning equipment.



Giovanna Imperia Designs

Unique yarns imported from Italy, ranging from polyurethane coated yarns to metal core yarns and 40 micron wire.



Glimakra USA  llc.

Weaving equipment and yarns from Glimakra.



Greenwood Fiberworks

Beautifully hand dyed yarns and fibers



Invictus Yarns

We specialize in beautiful hand dyed yarns from lace to worsted weight.



John Marshall

Silk yarns, books. Art-to-Wear. Hand dyed one of a kind clothing.



Just -For-Fun Handweaving  and Polymer Clay

Luscious hand-weaving and polymer clay buttons. Sewing needle cases, Jewelry inspired by fiber. All made in the USA.




Hand painted, hand screened and dyed scarves. Jackets and Ruanas, in silk and rayon.


Kira K Designs

Original knitting and crochet patterns with a streamlined and eminently wearable aesthetic. Patterns available in both print and PDF format, as well as in kits featuring small-farm and hand-dyed yarns.



Lunatic Fringe Yarns

Yarn, weaving supplies. Fun stuff for weavers.



Nebo-Rock Ranch and Textiles

Fiber, Natural and dyed yarn, roving and locks from my own Merino sheep, Angora goats and Angora rabbits. Handspun and Handmade hats, scarves, shawls, and sheep skins.



Newtons Yarn Country

Yarn, looms, knitting machines.



Pigeon Roof Studios

Hand dyed yarn, notions and spinning fiber.



RedFish DyeWorks

Hand dyed silk and silk blends. Both in yarns and fibers.



Ryukyu Textile

Plant fiber textiles and threads from Japan.

Website: and


San Francisco Fiber

Weaving and spinning supplies and equipment from Leclerc, Louet, Schacht, Glimakra, Harrisville, Ashford, Interweave and Unicorn Books. Some used equipment.



Silk Moon Textile Arts

Handwoven silk textiles, both traditional ethnic and modern. Fairly traded in Laos and Thailand.

Contact Info: 707.843.0354


Three Springs Handworks

Hand-woven scarves and wall hangings; Natural dye materials; lathe turned textile tools and bowls.



Village Spinning and Weaving-Solvang

Weaving looms, tools and accessories. Weaving yarns and books and DVD’s Spinning wheels, tools and accessories, Fibers, books and DVD’s.



Wonderland Dyeworks

Hand dyed yarn and roving, wool felt, and other fiber goodies



Woven Market

Hand-made and fair trade items from across the globe.





Edited to update vendors- Gynna 

Sara Lamb willing to take 2 more …

March 16, 2014, Posted by NLAndres

CNCH Registration Booklet Cover  Sara Lamb’s CONTEMPORARY CUT PILE RUG class might be just want you wanted to take and learned that it was closed …. if you are already registered you can change into Sara’s class via the “View or Change your Existing Registration” LINK.

Also one slot has opened up for Barbara Shapiro’s A Greener Indigo.

posted 3-17-2014

Sacramento Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

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.
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Walnut Creek Job Opportunity

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.

Lou Grantham

Fiber and Dye

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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