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.

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

Field to Fiber: Modesto 2016

April 9, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Check out the yarn storming of Modesto:


and a fun video:


Thank you, Modesto! And big thanks to all attendees! You are great :)

Welcome to Modesto!

April 8, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Thank you for all the volunteers who are working so hard this weekend to put on an amazing conference.

A giant thank you for all attendees who are coming to Modesto today to celebrate the wonder that fiber brings! Have a wonderful time.

Click here for the conference schedule

Modesto 2016: There are Still Classes Available!

March 29, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

We are please to announce that a limited number of classes will be available for signup on site.

The Saturday classes (6 hrs):  Cost for preregistered attendees $120

For those who have not preregistered for conference  $125 registration plus $120 = $245

Taming of the Hue – Strategies for Color Neophytes  – Robyn Spady

Understanding the Design Process: Fabric to Wear –  Sarah Jackson, Weaving Editor of Handwoven

The Sunday classes (3 hrs):  For those who are preregistered $60

For those who have not preregistered $125 registration + $60 = $18

The First Cut is the Deepest – Sarah Jackson

Introduction to Fabric Analysis – Robyn Spady

Linen Weaving – Jette Vandermeiden (from Canada)

An Introduction to Supplemental Warp – Deb Essen

Color in Cloth: The Weaves You Want and Why – Cameron Taylor-Brown

A Saturday and a Sunday class could be taken by a preregistered person for $180 and for someone who has not preregistered for $305.

Those who are not members of a CNCH guild will also pay an extra $25 for registration.

Transactions will be cash or check only at the registration table starting at 1:00pm Friday.

CNCH 2016 Registration

March 29, 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