close up image of a triple weave band from Bolivia

Triple-weave band from Bolivia

Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

Weekly e-News

The Guild publishes an almost weekly e-News in pdf format that is emailed to the membership. Members who have been receiving the almost weekly emails know that this includes information about equipment for sale, upcoming textile exhibitions, reminders about meetings and other news of interest to our community. Use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information about joining the guild or to request the current e-newsletter.

January 23, 2016: Annual MAH Lecture: Lisa Kokin

Sew to Speak: Twenty-Five Years of Sewing- and Found Object-Based Work

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm


Lisa Kokin will be our guest speaker in this annual series of special lectures. Textiles are in Lisa Kokin's blood. Her parents were upholsterers, and she uses the techniques of sewing and book arts to create detailed, thoughtful work that often transforms found objects and words.


Thread as a drawing element and form of embellishment is an important focus in Kokin’s work. Lisa explores ways to sew together image and text, often using thread alone as a palette for narrative expression. She explores the use of stabilizers to make thread drawings, lace- and web-like structures and as a connection with other elements like found paper, book pages and fabric. Both hand- and machine-sewing are used to explore the expressiveness and fragility of this most intriguing of materials.

February 10, 2016: Carol James: Sprang

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am



So, what’s sprang anyhow? Textile artist Carol James , author of Sprang Unsprung and Fingerweaving, has been exploring this technique for 20 years, and shares her insights with you. This multi-media presentation begins with a live demonstration and videos designed to help you understand how the technique works: two rows of cloth resulting from every one row of braiding work. We then examine images from museums that Carol visited in her search, starting with items dating to the Bronze Age found in Scandinavia. We look at pieces from ancient Persia, Greece, Rome and Egypt.

Evidence would suggest that sprang was also known in Medieval Europe, and continued to be used throughout the 1800s. Carol has successfully replicated many of these items and will share photos taken during the replication process. Items will be available for you to handle. These include sashes, bonnets, mittens, vests, and leggings.

Famous pieces that Carol has examined and replicated include a sash that belonged to George Washington and a 1000-year-old cotton shirt found in Arizona.

February 10 - February 12: Sprang Workshop with Carol James

Carol James will be offering a two and one half day workshop. The workshop will take place at Aptos Village park, beginning after her talk at the Guild meeting and continue the following two days. If you are interested in attending—please email Mibs Somerville using the email address in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild.

March 9, 2016: Susie Taylor: Woven Origami

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Susie Taylor combines weaving and origami to create a new woven form. She creates her dimensional textiles as a single layer of cloth, without any cutting or sewing. Only weaving and folding are used. An accomplished weaver, she explores the limitations and pushes the boundaries of what can be produced on the loom. Her work celebrates the joy of producing basic cloth that transforms into perplexing, dimensional compositions. Drawn to complexity, Susie strives for simplicity.

April 8-10, 2016: CNCH Modesto, CA

The annual Conference of Northern California Handweavers, CNCH, will be in Modesto. Check their website occasionally for updates about classes, activities and registration.

April 13, 2016: Show & Tell from CNCH 2016 in Modesto

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

May 11, 2016: Jean Cacicedo: Looking Back Going Forward

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s. For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. Known for her “signature coats”, her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

Cloth is the primary element in much Jean Cacicedo’s work. Combined with symbol and metaphor, her sewn constructions tell stories about images collected from journeys both physical and spiritual. She is inspired by the transformative properties of working with wool cloth through the process of shrinking and dyeing. Working in the form of one-of-a-kind garments are the forms Cacicedo creates garments that have the ability to transform a body, the power to seduce the eye and the hand and the means to connect us to art, both visually and physically. The wearer has an active role in the experience of the art creating a duality of both fantasy and function.

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

June 8, 2016: Annual Potluck and Gathering

Directions to Aptos Village Park

Map to Aptos Village Park meeting site

Take the State Park Drive exit off Highway 1 (the same one we have been taking for years to go to the Aptos Library). Instead of turning left at the intersection with Soquel Drive, turn right. Drive past the shopping area and over the bridge. Make a left turn in front of the Aptos Village Garage. Watch out for approaching traffic as the road curves slightly here. Turn left again IMMEDIATELY, after you cross the railroad tracks. Follow the road until you come to the parking area and club house.

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Study Group Meetings:

Felt Makers Study Group meets every few months to share various techniques, supplies, equipment, and critique the creative expressions made by artists in art-to-wear, forms, vessels, or objects for home decor. Demonstrations by selected participants will be given each meeting. Contact Marilou Moschetti or use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information.

Braiders Study Group meets at irregular intervals. All weavers of narrow ware, at any level of experience, are welcome. Use the Contact Us page to email for current information. New members are welcome.

Spinners:, At present we do not have a spinning Study Group. We recommend Anne's Web which meets in Salinas monthly. Anne's Web meets the second Saturday of each month from 10am til 2pm at the Buena Vista Grange Hall, 518 River Road. Directions: From Hwy 1 and Hwy 101, take Hwy 68 to Reservation/River Rd., Salinas. Turn east on River Rd., proceed 5 miles to old gray church on right, 518 River Rd. Each meeting includes a pot luck lunch, a show-and-tell opportunity, any announcements anyone cares to make, and the rest of the time is spent doing whatever each member cares to do. There are no officers, and no rules, other than courtesy. Dues are $12 a year. Members receive a monthly newsletter and a roster. Visitors and newcomers are welcome. For more information contact Gerry Wade by e-mail.

Weaving Supplies in Santa Cruz

Golden Fleece at 317 Potrero Street, Santa Cruz, 831-426-1425.

Mostly knitting yarns, but wonderful variety. The Swift Stitch , 402 Ingalls St. #12, Santa Cruz, 831-427-9276. 10% discount to Guild members.

Thank you Cruzio for sponsoring this web site.