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.

November 12, 2014: Preparation for Guild Sale

Sale Preparation: This will be the time to submit your items, get questions about pricing answered, fill out hang tags, do any last minute finishing touches, (an iron and ironing board will be available). You will be able to clarify how your work will be displayed. We will have instructions regarding your specific shift duties and information regarding set up, sale day and tear down. It will also be a good time for everyone to see what has been made for the sale! This should be quite a show and tell! We invite everyone involved to attend even if you haven't made anything to sell, come and help get it all ready!

November 15: Guild sale at the Aptos Grange

Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild Annual Sale Flyer

The Santa Cruz Handweaver's Guild is happy to announce our first ever Guild Sale as a fundraiser to support our programs, including our weaving program for the Blind and Visually Impaired also know as the "Yarnettes." In addition to a wide variety of handwoven items from our members, we will have a very large stock of yarns of all kinds from weaving and knitting yarns to hand spun yarn, yarns naturally dyed with locally collected plants as well as spectacular art yarns. This will be a one day only sale so mark your calendars and don't miss out on this great opportunity! Saturday November 15 from 10:30 until 5:30 at the Aptos Grange.

Yarnette Phyllis Rosenberg

This sale will benefit the weaving program the Santa Cruz Handweavers Handweavers Guild supports. Each Monday morning blind and visually impaired weavers are mentored in their work by volunteers from our guild. We help the weavers (self-named the Yarnettes) select a project, review color and “look” and set up the looms for weaving. We monitor for weaving errors and advise the weavers about potential solutions. It is a 1:1 mentorship and establishes close, caring relationships between weavers and volunteers.

The program started over 20 years ago as a joint project of the Duran Center, now the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and our Guild. Currently the program is being supported solely by our guild and the weavers, after having lost space and sponsorship at the Vista Center early in 2014. Thanks to Wave Crest Development who are allowing the program to use an un-leased office suite in Santa Cruz, we are weaving again. However, this space is ours only until a permanent tenant appears. The current challenges are providing the income needed to cover the monthly expenses and the temporary nature of the working space. The weavers contribute what they can towards expenses and the Guild has covered the rest but providing a permanent space for a studio continues to be the primary challenge. A weaving studio is not easily moved.

Learn more about this mentoring program in this pdf.

The Aptos Grange is located at 2555 Mar Vista Dr, Aptos, CA 95003.

The Yarnettes and Their Work

handwoven towel by Kathy Hardin Yarnette Valerie Gott at her loom; photo by Casey Valentine Yarnette Kathy Hardin with baby blanket; photo by Casey Valentine clasped weft weave by Lou Holk

Yarnette Lou Holk at her loom; photo by Casey Valentine

January 24, 2015 at MAH: Bhakti Zeik

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: 11 am

Bhakti Ziek an artist known internationally for weavings that have covered the full spectrum of loom technology, will share with us the journey that took her from hand-manipulated backstrap woven brocading to the 16-foot high digital jacquard panels she recently installed at Princeton University.

Ziek, a noted author and teacher, describes weaving as her life line. A former college professor, Ziek has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her extensive exhibition record includes work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design. She has lectured and taught workshops in The Netherlands, Great Britain, Mexico, Canada, as well as all over the United States. Her writings on contemporary fiber have been published in many journals, including American Craft, Surface Design Journal, and Fiberarts. She is the co-author of two books, The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop©, written with Alice Schlein, and Weaving on a Backstrap Loom, with Nona Ziek. A former college professor (Arizona State University, University of Kansas, Philadelphia University), she currently lives in Randolph, Vermont where she has her weaving studio and offers tutorial teaching. Ziek has a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook, NY; a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas; and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

February 11: Angelina De Antonis

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Angelina De Antonis is the owner and designer of Ocelot Clothing in San Francisco. Angelina began Ocelot in 1998, focusing the line on hand-dyed itajime, and using all natural fibers. With a commitment to the integrity of fine crafting, the textile-art-clothing is all made in house. Plant and insect dyes are used. Natural dyes make up about half of the dyes. The line which began with only a few pieces has grown to over 80 styles. Angelina will share with us how she gets some of her wonderful resist patterns.

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

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

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

May 11-13, 2015: Ikat Primer Workehop with Mary Zicafoose

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Mary Zicaffose is extending her extensive work in ikat in a new direction from tapestry making into wearables. Custom designed by Mary designed specifically for our Guild, this is a new workshop for Mary.

This 2 1/2 day intensive will teach the basics of both warp and weft ikat, de-mystifying the detailed process. You will learn how to stretch, wrap, dye, unwrap and weave an indigo dyed scarf with ikat warp and optional ikat weft inlays, resulting in beautifully nuanced cloth.

Each student will need a table top or floor loom, one set of IKAT boards (details to come, but it will be easy to do), white or cream colored warp for a scarf, complimentary weft materials (details to come), usual weaving tools. The workshop will be held at Aptos Village Park, where we have our guild meetings. We will be able to leave our equipment there overnight, Monday and Tuesday. The cost of the workshop will depend on how many participants but will be between $110 and $135 (+$10 for non-members). If you are interested, please let Janette Gross know and she will put your name on a list. Or you may use the Contact Us page to email the guild of your interest.

May 13, 2015: Mary Zicafoose

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

The tapestries and rugs of Mary Zicafoose span the globe from the corporate offices of Tenaska in Canada to the United States Embassies on three continents. Her woven pieces blend cultural icons and symbols with a contemporary hand, creating powerful visual statements in fiber. The work and processes are a reflection of the artists' superb craftsmanship and her ability to speak articulately through the use of color. Mary will present a program on World Ikat. Before and after the program you will be able to see the work the workshop participants are producing.

June 10, 2015: 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.

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