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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.





February 8, 2017: Guild Fun Day at Valencia Hall!

February is all about us. Come join the fun at Valencia Hall on February 8th at 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bring your your own lunch and a drink and plan to have a lot of fun. Bring a UFO, knitting, crochet, collage, basketry (see below), weaving or sewing projects or join a small scale workshop/demonstration with either Marilou or Joan Near or Gudrun Polak.

Gudrun Polak will be one of the demonstrators. My apologies for not getting her name on the list of attractions for February sooner. She'll be doing tablet weaving, so take advantage of her expertise and bring your cards and questions.

Here's what Joan Near says to say about her demo. It is not tatting!! Not tatting. Joan N. will be demonstrating two much easier ways to pick out patterns in your weaving.

We also will have video presentations from weavers of Mexico, and surface design challenges running throughout the day.

Bring you own lunch and drink. There is a full kitchen and lots of tables and chairs to use.

Valencia Hall is located at 2555 Valencia Road, Aptos. There is a road closure on Valencia Road between Aptos Village and Valencia Hall. Continue on Why 1 to the Freedom Exit and head east, inland. Turn left onto Valencia Road and continue past Cox Road and across a low bridge to the hall. There is a flashing Road Closed sign. Ignore it as Valencia Road is closed past Valencia Hall.

February 11-12: Sprang Workshop with Carol James

Barbara Boone will host this workshop in her home. Total cost for the two day workshop is $158. Please email Ruth Temple to put your name on the list. A deposit of $100 holds your space. Check your roster or the weekly email for Ruth’s contact information. Or you can use the Contact Us page to email for information.

March 8, 2017: Obsessed Travel Collections, Part 2: Middle East & South America

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Members bring a few of their favorite textiles collected while traveling.

April 12, 2017: Marcia Manzo

My Aries Journey

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Marcia Manzo is a long time member of PenWAG, and served as President, Program Chair, and was an original board member for FabMO. Marty has studied with sewing greats from all over the country. Her love of cloth is evident in the many creative patterns and garments she has sewn using various types of fabric. Her work has walked on the runway, been sold at Artistry in Fashion at Canada College, and various Bay area shows. She recently moved to Soquel.

May 4 - 7,CNCH 2017 at Asilomar: Sapphire Sea, Golden Threads

The 2017 conference will be a workshop conference at Asilomar. The theme of the conference is Sapphire Sea, Golden Threads. Registration opened Nov. 12, 2016. CNCH 2017 for more information.

May 10, 2017: Joan Near

Tablet weaving: Old & New

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

In addition to her presentation, Joan encourages members to bring any tablet weaving they would like to share.

May 16 - May 18: Workshop with Porfirio Gutierrez

Traditional Zapotec weaver Porfirio Gutierrez is in the area and we're pleased to announce that we are able to offer a weaving workshop with him.The cost will be $165 plus $20 materials fee for all three days. Equipment required will be a floor loom with at least 2 harnesses (no table or rigid heddle looms) The workshop is limited to 10 students, and after circulating the list at the last two meetings, we are full. However, to add your name to the waiting list, email Joan Near.

Everyone is invited to a potluck dinner following Porfirio's final workshop day. Even if you are not fortunate enough to be a part of the workshop you can meet Porfirio, see his amazing work in person and have the opportunity to purchase some of his gallery-worthy goods! Plus, hang out with your amusing guild friends for an evening!

June 14, 2017: Guild Potluck

We will enjoy our annual potluck and gathering at a place to be announced!

September 13-17, 2017: Santa Cruz County Fair

Information about entering the exhibits will be available in late spring. And plan to participate in our demonstration area at the County Fair.

September 20, 2017

Note the change in date from the second Wednesday to the third Wednesday.

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

October 11, 2017

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

November 8, 2017

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am





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

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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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