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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.

March 11: Serena Lee

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Serena is a textile artist whose decades of travel and research led her to many remote areas in over a dozen Asian countries. As a culmination of her lifelong interest in textile arts and minority cultures, Serena founded Textile Odyssey Tours in 2000 with the idea of developing innovative tours focused on connecting cultures through textiles as a universal expression of both cultural and personal art. Last March Marian Sticht and Janette Gross reported to the guild on their experiences on Serena's tour of South East Asia.

Serena will be bringing many items from her vast ethnic clothing collection, and we are hoping that there may even be some pieces for sale. Serena has presented her research on the dress of ethnic minorities in northern Vietnam and southwest China internationally at various venues including Stanford University, the 16th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, the Textile Society of America Symposium 2008, the de Young Museum, the World Eco-Fiber Textile Forum 2008, UC Davis, the Association for Asian Studies Conference 2011, and the Southwest University of Nationalities in Sichuan, China.

April 15, 2015: Sharing from CNCH 2015

Date change from 2nd to 3rd Wednesday

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Guild members will sharing of work and experiences from the Asilomar conference.

Please note that the April guild meeting is on the third Wednesday, one week later than usual, to accommodate attendance at CNCH. CNCH will be taking place at Asilomar April 9-12, 2015.

May 11-13, 2015: Workshop with Mary Zicafoose is cancelled.

May 13, 2015: Mary Zicafoose program is cancelled.

Mary Zicafoose has cancelled her spring trip to California for personal reasons. She apologizes profusely and hopes to reschedule next year.

We will announce a program for May 13 when we have one scheduled.

June 10, 2015: Annual Potluck and Gathering

October 14: Donna Deeds

Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Dean Deeds is a fiber artist who combines ancient hand manipulated techniques with complex loom controlled structures to create textile art with a contemporary twist. Visit her website to view her online gallery of some really interesting pieces with the "Ancient Sprang" technique woven into her tapestries.

Workshop: The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth

In addition to presenting our October program Donna has offered to give us a 1 1/2 day workshop. A number of Guild members are interested and we have offered this workshop opportunity to members of the Carmel Craft Guild. Members of both guilds will be allowed to register before we open this opportunity to a wider audience.

At our request Deanna has designed a workshop specifically involving this method. The workshop will require a 4 harness loom although 6 harnesses are preferred. Table top looms are OK . The workshop timing is in undecided. It will be either the day before her talk at the Guild meeting and that afternoon OR that same afternoon and the following day. Deanna would prefer to give her talk and have the workshop follow that but the Aptos Park space is only available to us on the day of the program and following day. However, if we can still use the McPherson St. space, we could do the workshop as Deanna would prefer.

The fee will be $65 per person if the workshop fills to 12 people. There will be a materials fee that will include the warp for the workshop project as well as written material. Dates are undecided. The workshop will take place either October 13-14 at Aptos Park or October 14-15 at McPherson St. Participants will need to supply a 4 harness or more loom. If we use McPherson St. we will have to move the looms up the stairs. This could be done over the week or so preceding the workshop.

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.

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.