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Meet you in Modesto!

Meet you in Modesto

Meet you in Modesto

The Conference of Northern California Handweavers is excited to host the 2016 Conference in Modesto, CA, April 8, 9 and 10, 2016.


Basket Makers! Weavers! Spinners! Dyers! Designers! Choose from 24 separate classes, taught by 13 internationally renowned instructors. You also can select from a variety of 3, 6 and 9 hour class formats . Check out the 2016 – Modesto folder at and the “Instructors” and “Classes” tab for upcoming information.

Both the Marketplace and Galleries are guaranteed to inspire and give you food for thought:


Come touch the fiber, see the colors and handle equipment at the Conference Marketplace. Over 50 vendors will display their unique and vibrant wares, give demonstrations, offer door prizes and give you chance to find that book, fiber, tool, yarn, material and accessory that simply must come home with you.  This “Textile Farmers Market” opens Saturday and Sunday with a special “registrants only” preview on Friday.


Six Galleries showcase: Our Instructors (“Gardeners Who Plant the Seeds”), Weavers (“Fabric from Seeds”), Basket makers (“Farm to Town”: beautiful and utilitarian), school-aged Weavers (the new crop: “Growing the Future”), Spinners (“Field to Finish”), and Fiber Artists who transform fiber to yarn and yarn to textile (“Return To Sender” and “Return of Return To Sender”).


McHenry Museum

McHenry Museum

Wear your art on your sleeve! Join us Saturday night for a private fashion show at the upscale McHenry Museum, just a short walk from the Convention Center. This special night will glitter with garments and textile artists scattered throughout the Museum, with hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, and the opportunity to discuss inspirations, challenges and special techniques directly with the maker.


Modesto is unique.  Classic community murals, statues, plazas and parks reveal its significance as a birthplace of modern rock and roll and the iconic ‘50’s spirit.  Showcased in movies such as American Graffiti, and the television show Happy Days, the streets of downtown are designated an “Historic Cruise Route”.

Attractions such as the Gallo Center for the Arts, and Downtown Plaza are adjacent to the Conference site’s Modesto Centre Plaza.

Modesto is easily accessible. Located along California State Route 99, it is 1-1/2 hours south of the international airport in Sacramento (SAC), served by Amtrak rail service between Bakersfield and Oakland or Sacramento and by MAX (Modesto Area Express) public transit service with connections to the Altamont Commuter Express train station in Lathrop and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

In April, spring temperatures in Modesto are in the comfortable low 70’s in the day and slip to a cooling high 40’s at night.



Doubletree Hotel

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Doubletree by Hilton, Modesto. Room rates and registration fees are set to make this conference attractive and affordable. Registration opens January 1, 2016. Rooms can be reserved soon.


For more information, check the website: under the 2016 – Modesto tab, and on Facebook at CNCH Field to Fiber where we hope you will “like” us and share the page with others.

See you in Modesto!

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