CNCHnet . . . The Textile Arts Webzine of the Conference of Northern California Handweavers

Summer 2015

Greetings to all Readers! I’ve recently returned from a long weekend at Asilomar where I enjoyed the CNCH 2015 Conference: Immerse Yourself in Fibers, with 200 of my new best fiber friends!

Joan Near and Merrie Hewitt and their committees put together a superb event! Asilomar is, indeed, a marvelous place to hang out with old friends and meet new ones. Merrie and Joan even managed for the weather to be cool and clear–an excellent temperature for delving more deeply in the fiber arts.

Next on the calendar is SUMMER! For the summer issue I requested articles on projects we could take with us while traveling. Be sure to check out Karen Huntoon’s article on Kumihimo and Suyin Stein’s take on making cards that reflect our yarn and fiber passion. We didn’t get any articles on knitting or crocheting. I guess they were too obvious for take along projects. However, if you’re spending time with grandchildren and other young people, you can always introduce them to pin looms and knitting looms. Those are both very easy to learn and addictive once mastered. They may be just the thing to sneakily introduce them to the wonders of fiber arts.

This issue also features articles on using new gadgets to do old techniques. Yes, there are new ways of approaching what we do. Patti Zimmer transforms her original art into art clothing using–you may have guessed–PhotoShop! Jannie Taylor explains how the AVL Warping Wheel is able to make sectional warping something you might want to do. And you need to check out the felting machine and what it can do with its’ 400 needles.

This is a good time to take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy the contents of CNCHnet. I hope you enjoy this issue and, if you have a wonderful idea for an article, contact me.  I’m always looking for new ideas and new writers.

Enjoy your Summer!

Judy Fisher, Editor, CNCHnet
jyfisher66(at) or editor(at)

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