Jason Collingwood Workshop March 22 – 24

March 8, 2017, Posted by Web Manager

Jason Collingwood flyer


Master Rug Weaver Jason Collingwood will be teaching a 3-day workshop in Walnut Creek on March 22- 24, 2017, through the Center for Community Arts. The hours are 9 am to 4 pm each day. You may register online at Jason Collingwood Workshop Registration or by calling (925) 943-5846.
The threading is 2/2 Twill. The course will include straight twill, broken twill and twill on opposites. Within the above three structures, many two and three color sequences will be explored, each giving crossed wefts (parallel and contrary motion); and clasped wefts will be applied to 2/2 twill, further increasing the design possibilities. Pick-up and 3/1 double faced twill will also be explored. This class will also include some work with shaft switching, where students will learn how to adapt their own looms. Materials list online at www.communityarts.org.
The workshop is for ages 18 years and over, and the fee is $226 (plus a $3 processing fee). The course number is 33984. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Reba.


December 30, 2016, Posted by Vilija

No, not the Merino nor the Rambouillet, we will always want soft, lustrous wool. And, no, not the Suffolk or other farmed sheep for meat. But did you know that of the 1400 or so breeds of sheep around the world, over one-third of these breeds are in danger of extinction?

By seeking out fibers produced by other, lesser known breeds, we help to maintain the genetic diversity in the sheep population. Why worry about that? By necessity, industrialized agriculture has consolidated domestic animals into standardized systems of production. Animals are bred for genetic uniformity. Only a handful of breeds have been able to acclimate to these systems. Although highly productive, they are unlikely to adapt quickly enough to climate or environmental change, nor to serious disease outbreaks. The more diversity in a gene pool, the better the shot at adapting to changing conditions.


A Beautiful Dorset Horn

At CNCH 2017 Asilomar, we spinners have a chance to learn more about a few particular breeds of sheep that are not always on our spinning fiber radar – Beth Smith’s Princess Breeds: Turbo-Charged. As participants in the age old tradition of creating our own yarn, we should be interested in the conservation of the lesser known breeds. Beth is very knowledgeable in this field and will give you information about choosing the perfect fiber breed for a particular type of yarn, how to prepare the fiber, and tips on how it spins best. The historical back stories of these breeds are also fascinating and will make the yarns you spin so much more special.

Treadles to Threads Spinners Guild recently finished a year-long study of 15 rare and endangered breeds of sheep. Beside seeing the incredible diversity of sheep out there, we have learned there is still so much more to learn. This would be a great project for any fiber loving guild in CNCH, and this workshop would be a great place to begin.

  • CNCH 2017 Asilomar
  • May 4 – 7, 2017
  • Registration is open now. Click on 2017 Asilomar

Woven Together: Experience & Expression Postcard invitation

December 7, 2016, Posted by Wendy Bertrand

post-card invitation from Loom and Shuttle Guild for January13-February 12, 2017 exhibit.


December 6, 2016, Posted by Vilija


Sheila is a weaver of stunning landscapes, dancing sheep, and many other fiber fantasies. She has been weaving since 1976, gradually progressing to working on a jacquard loom. Her weaving then could become much more detailed with some being photo realistic such as “Pomo Girl” pictured here. Sheila’s “Dancing Sheep” have been perennial favorites of weavers for many years. She will talk about her life in weaving, her inspirations, and her process. She is an interesting and inspirational speaker. All are welcome to come. [photos and information from Sheila’s website: www.sheilaohara.com

Where:   Faith Lutheran Church, 50 Woodsworth Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA

When:  January 2, 2017, meeting begins at 10 am, doors open at 9:30

Sponsored by:  Valley Stitchers and Fiber Artists Guild

$5 fee for non-members


Bay Area Basket Makers

November 28, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

mad_weaveBay Area Basket Makers (BABM) will hold 2 separate basketry workshops in February, 2017. They are open to weavers who are already BABM members, and those who pay the $25 annual membership fee at the time of workshop registration:

“Four Inset Handle Basket” is a 3 day workshop taught by Peeta Tinay, February 17-19, 2017. For intermediate/advanced students, the workshop cost is $300 plus a $95 fee for the prepared & dyed round reed.

“Mad Weave” is a 1 day workshop taught by Debbie McClelland on February 22, 2017.
Some plaiting experience helpful. The workshop cost is $80 plus a $10 fee for the prepared & painted watercolor paper.

Both workshops will be held at the Caning Shop, in Berkeley, CA. For registration forms and further information, please email: jillstanton9@gmail.com or call: 415 282-4495.


CNCH2017 Reg Opens Sat at 9 AM

November 9, 2016, Posted by JAnderson

Register early to get the class you want but also apply for a grant to pay your tuition. There are five grants for each of the five areas of CNCH. They are not need based and judged anonymously. The applications are due by Monday, Nov 14. You most be registered for a class and a member of a guild. If you are awarded the grant you will be sent a check for your registration amount.

Mt Lassen Guild at Butte County Farm City Celebration

November 8, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Mt. Lassen Fiber Guild Event Recap

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Eight members of Mt Lassen Fiber Guild (Chico) participated in Butte County’s Farm City Celebration at Bidwell Mansion in Chico on Saturday, November 5, 2016. A colorful array of handwoven, crocheted, and handknitted yarn-storming pieces fluttered invitingly from the shade canopy, attracting youngsters and their parents.

As usual, our focus was on creating fiber fun for children and educating adults and older children about slow fashion, the true cost of garment manufacture, and the importance of DIY textile arts. From 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, it was non-stop, all-hands on deck as eager children queued up continuously for four hours to learn to use the two spinning wheels provided for their use by Felicia Heidrick. Children enthusiastically treadled the castle-style and traditional Saxony-style spinning wheels while Cyndi Dickinson and Margaret Pekarek (a volunteer from the Young Farmers & Ranchers booth next to us), took turns deftly drafting yarn into bracelets or necklaces in each child’s favorite color.

Older children watched with fascination as Louthea Griffin, Cyndi, and Felicia took turns at the other mechanical spinning device: a drum carder, explaining possible uses while demonstrating how to create a colorful batt, blending alpaca with various colored roving which the children then brought to the spinning wheels. Meanwhile, curious adults had their questions about various spinning wheels answered by Jane Burke as she continuously spun wool from her Schacht Sidekick.

Tina Wilson and Jean Andrews pitched in where needed, quickly learning the ins and outs of Gale Ulvang’s rigid heddle loom and Cyndi’s four-harness table loom. Jean, Tina, and Gale helped children and adults who tried their hand at weaving with colorful yarns provided by Gale and Cyndi. Cyndi and Felicia showed children how to weave with Kumihimo disc as Jaci Siehl showed interested onlookers that a pet cat’s fur can be spun into lovely, soft yarn using a drop spindle. Jaci also spun fine silk yarn from brilliantly-dyed mulberry silk hankies, explaining to inquisitive adults the silkworm’s process.

Children (and their parents) learned, first-hand, the steps involved in do-it-yourself slow textile production. Youngsters took home colorful, well-plied and balanced yarn bracelets and necklaces they had helped to handspin, colorful batts they watched being drum-carded, and Kumihimo kits they had learned to use to create colorful woven cord. All-in-all it was a very successful day for children, their parents, and other interested adults to play with fiber and for Mt Lassen Fiber Guild to fulfill our mission to promote fiber art of high standard, provide educational opportunities, create friendly cooperation among members, and stimulate public interest in fiber art.

Felicia Heidrick, President – Mt Lassen Fiber Guild-Chico

November 21, Dottie Day- Eco Printing

November 8, 2016, Posted by Jolyn O'Hare

dotti-marys-gardenFor the TTAG program on November 21, long time TTAG member, Dotti Day, will share her experience and research in Eco printing and dyeing.  Eco printing can be used with paper and various fabrics.  Silk and wool are the most receptive to color but cotton and linen can also be used.

“Eco printing or eco dyeing is a contemporary application of the traditions of natural dyeing. In eco printing or dyeing, plants are enclosed in textiles or paper, bundled by winding over rods or stacked in layers and then steamed or immersed in hot water to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes. – Threadborne

Dotti will demonstrate the various processes and the group will be able to experiment with the techniques of bundling and wrapping.  She will bring several steamed items ready to unwrap so members can see the surprises of the results.

Members who attended the November TTAG retreat will bring samples of their projects.  Their materials and examples will be discussed. If other members have tried this technique, please bring your items to share.


We have a new meeting place!  Please join us at Marin Society of Artists, 1515 3rd Street, San Rafael (corner of 3rd and E Streets).  The meeting starts at 7 pm. Guests are always welcome.

For directions and more information, please see our website at: http://tamalpaistextileartsguild.org.

WOVEN TOGETHER, a fiber art exhibit, Jan 13-Feb 12, 2017

October 26, 2016, Posted by Wendy Bertrand

This is a fiber art exhibit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join Loom and Shuttle members in celebrating the fine craft of hand weaving and fiber art.

WOVEN TOGETHER: Experience & Expression
Open and free to all, ample parking, and wheelchair accessible

Sanchez Art Center/East Gallery
1220-B Linda Mar Blvd. Pacifica, California
Opening:  7-9pm January 13, 2017
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
Woven Together News Release

Members come not only from textile, fine art, and fashion careers, but from a diversity of fields such as music, teaching, technology, graphic design, writing, architecture, nursing, law, science, and more. Many artists have been weaving for decades, and have exhibited their work in local and national exhibits. New members continue to join the guild and expand their knowledge about the art and craft of weaving.

Art pieces, fashion, sculpture, wearable art, weaving for the home, and fine craft made by members of the Loom and Shuttle Guild will be displayed, reflecting a wide range of techniques and skills. Items include woven scarves, shawls, bags, jackets, table runners, tapestries, baskets, carpets, stitched textiles, and some will be available for purchase. Artist’s Biographies will be on site. Demonstrations will be scheduled on our website: www.loomandshuttleguild.org

Scarf by Pat Stewart

Scarf by Pat Stewart


Carpet by Wendy Bertrand

Carpet by Wendy Bertrand


Sampler by Bren Ahearn

Sampler by Bren Ahearn



2017 Conference Grant Application — Now Available!

October 6, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Everyone is getting excited to register for 2017 Asilomar! Sorry, you still have to wait until November, but you may start applying for a grant to attend. Click below to download the fillable application form, put your answers in the grey boxes (which will expand as you type), then either

Email: advisory@cnch.org


Print and mail:

CNCH Administrative Assistant
PO Box 191119
Sacramento, CA 95819-1119

CLICK HERE for the application form