SWSG General Meeting and guest speaker 10/25/16

October 5, 2016, Posted by NinaRy

October 25, 2016
Speaker: Marilyn Romatka
Topic: Handicrafts of Gujaret

SWSG is please to host Marilyn Romatka speaking on “Handicrafts of Gujarat”. Marilyn traveled in India in 2013. While she was there she observed and learned about weaving and dyeing techniques that are so much of people’s daily lives. She will share her photos and her stories. Some wonderful photos are available on her website, http://www.taprootfolkarts.com . Marilyn is fascinated by all forms of folk art. She has presented widely and is the author of the book, “Creative Crafts of the World”. Venue is the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento 95816. For more information contact Nina Rynearson 916-504-0039.

Hands On Weaving and Demonstrations at the South Valleys Library

September 7, 2016, Posted by Web Manager


The Reno Fiber Guild is having an event on September 24 to give the public an opportunity to do hands-on weaving and also to provide an array of demonstrations related to weaving.



South Valleys Library 

15650A Wedge Parkway, Renocardboard-loom1

 Sept 24, 11AM to 2PM






We welcome all ages to the event and will provide assistance to anyone who wants to try out weaving.  Our blog has more details Reno Fiber Guild: Handweaving demonstrations at the South Valleys Library


September 1, 2016, Posted by Vilija


From Tricia’s website: “I may use one or several photographs [as inspiration], a postcard, a drawing, or a watercolor sketch possibly of a flower growing in my garden. I’m excited by the medium in the same way as I was when I began tapestry weaving. I love to express this joy in my work and with my teaching.”

Tricia has been a tapestry weaver and teacher for over 25 years. She offers intimate classes in her studio in Berkeley, while also occasionally teaching at the Richmond Art Center. Her tapestries are in numerous collections and have been featured in various publications. Her website:  tgtapestry.com  The tapestry pictured is titled “Burano” and is on her website.


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

HOSTED BY:  Valley Stitchers and Fiber Artists Guild. Doors open at 9:30, Meeting begins at 10 AM. $5 entry for non-members.

SWSG – General Meeting and Workshop, September 27, 2016

September 1, 2016, Posted by NinaRy

Just a Few Spaces Available in Dianne Totten’s Crimp and Create Workshop

Sacramento Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild is hosting Dianne Totten

Workshop Topic: Crimp and Create
Dates: September 27, 28, & 29
Times: 1pm to 4pm September 27
9am to 4 pm September 28 & 29
Location: Shepard Garden and Art Center
3330 McKinley Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95816
Cost: $130.00
Contact stephanieclar@sbcglobal.net to register

This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.” Using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class to discover the endless possibilities. Learn how the fabric can be used for entire garments as well as for permanent pleating to replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or to add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket. For more information go to https://diannetottenhandwovens.com.

Golden Gate Weavers

July 25, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Golden Gate Weavers has their second show at the U.C. Faculty Club at U.C. Berkeley Campus thru July 31 st.

It is open to the public every day from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm 

The Faculty Club itself is a beautiful old Building.It was built in 1902 by Bernard Maybeck and John Galen Howard. You can also eat lunch and dinner there. The food is good and quite inexpensive. They also have a white tablecloth area which is more expensive.

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Judith Sorgan

July 1, 2016, Posted by JAnderson

Judith Sorgan died June 8, 2016 from complications of a stroke she suffered in November, 2014.

Judith joined Tamalpais Guild in 1970 and served as President from 1975-1976 and again from 1994-1996.  Judith served on the CNCH Advisory Council and was President from 2009-2010.  She went off the Advisory Council for a year to chair the successful 2009 Conference in Sonoma becoming President when she returned to the AdCon in the summer of 2009.  She was an accomplished spinner, knitter, weaver and seamstress.  She was well respected by all her knew and worked with her.

June 11 Lecture – TAC

June 3, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Costumes for Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” 1909-1929

June 11, 2016,
10:00 am – 11:30 am

For a period of twenty years (1909–1929) Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” astonished European audiences and became the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. By employing very talented designer/artists in ground breaking artistic collaborations, his company redefined the aesthetics of ballet. Focusing on selected costumes, this lecture shows the relationships between designers’ sketches, finished costumes, and thematic interpretations. We will look carefully at costume details and talk about the various fabrics and decorative trims that were used. In a few cases, we will discuss the relationship between costumes and choreographic movements.  Fortunately, many of the original costumes have been carefully preserved in museum collections in Europe, the United States, and Australia, enabling us to explore through close-up images the rich and beautiful costumes associated with the Ballets Russes.

William Eddelman, associate professor of Theatre History and Design, Emeritus, Stanford University, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, is a specialist in international theatrical design.
During his teaching career, he combined the creative and academic worlds through practical stage design work and classroom teaching. Additionally, he established the Theatrical Design Collection at the Museum of Performance and Design (San Francisco) and is currently building a research library in International Theatre Design for the Achenbach Graphic Arts Foundation, FAMSF.

Ticket Information

Tickets available at the door, TAC accepts cash or personal checks.

Free to members of the Textile Arts Council
$5 for students and members of the FAMSF
$10 general admission

de Young Museum | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Class Opportunity – Grass Valley, CA

June 1, 2016, Posted by Web Manager

Foothill Fibers Guild in Grass Valley, CA is hosting a workshop that might interest you.
Workshop: Weave to Sew with Diane Palme
Thur & Fri, November 3rd and 4th, 2016
Both days: $100
Day One only: $50
Contact bizzd@yahoo.com to register.

In this workshop, you will learn to design and weave fabrics to make clothes that you love. The instructor will provide advice on choosing yarns, structures, patterns and colors as well as how to modify commercial sewing patterns for narrow widths, ideas for sampling and fabric calculations. Day one is primarily lecture, instruction and discussion. The second day requires prior thought as students will work on their actual design ideas meaning specific fabric/patterns (or general ideas). Students will learn to lay out the pattern, how to cut it or how to weave the appropriate fabric for a specific pattern. If a student does not have already woven fabric or a specific pattern, the class will discuss possibilities. We will not be weaving in this class; You can read more about the instructor here: http://blog.schafenfreude.com/?page_id=17


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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