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:

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:

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



Print and mail:

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

CLICK HERE for the application form

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, . 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:  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 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

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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