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


For the last three months I’ve been unscientifically trolling the internet, looking for fiber related topics, watching how-to videos and reading blogs.  It doesn’t take much time to realize that there is an abundance of information available.

I did find some gems. The one that I’d want to share is Syne  Mitchell’s article, posted on WeaveZine, that explained what .wif files are and how they are used

I hope this issue gave you plenty of places to look and explore fiber topics and I’m sure you, the reader, have your favorites, too.  If you have a site that you have found helpful, let me know.  It would be nice to have a list, by subject matter, to refer to.

I’m now thinking ahead to the Spring issue which will deal with surface design.  This can include fabric painting, nuno felting, embroidery by hand or machine, collage, quilting, beading and/or anything that you do to enhance the surface of your handmade or purchased material.

If surface design doesn’t interest you, let’s go to the Summer issue that will Follow the String.   It will be a chance to look at fiber arts such as knitting by hand and machine, crochet, tatting, lacemaking, kumihimo and other ways of manipulating yarns and fabric.   If you would like to contribute an article on either or both of these subjects, contact me.  And if you have another subject  in mind, let me know.  I’m always looking for interesting articles for CNCHnet.

If you begin suffering from cabin fever this winter and need some inspiration, Petaluma Art Center will be having a textile show, 4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft (Barbara Shapiro, Suki Russack, Ulla de Larios, Candace Crockett and Sandra Ericson) January 11 through March 10, or sign up for the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts annual retreat at Marconi center, Feb 1-3.  Contact: Georgiana Chess: georgiechess(at)

Judy Fisher, editor