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.

May 13, 2015: Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt: Traditional Hawaiian Kapa Cloth

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Wendeanne Ke'aka Stitt was part of a select group of Northern Californians who came together 10 years ago for a two-year apprenticeship to learn the art of Hawaiian kapa making under the tutelage of Kuma Kapa Dalani Tanahy of Makaha, HI. Visit her website to view a video that featured Stitt and her work on KQED.

What Stitt learned in those 2 years was just the beginning of a continuing journey to unravel the mysteries surrounding a process that was a vital, daily practice in the lives of Hawaiian women until the middle of the 19th century when kapa making was eliminated from the culture. When the kapa makers died, they took their vast knowledge of the pounding and dyeing of their extraordinary cloth with them. We were left with incomplete and inaccurate accounts of the kapa making process. It wasn't until the Hawaiian Cultural Revival of the 1960's and 70's when women like Malia Solomon, Puanani van Dorpe, and others started the painstaking path to resurrecting the fine art of Hawaiian kapa making. Their dedication became a lifelong quest - one that all current kapa makers, including myself, have benefited from.

Modern kapa making is a long, arduous, solo endeavor. It requires infinite patience, physical endurance, mental strength and humility. Kapa is made from the inner bark of the wauke tree (paper mulberry) and involves stripping the bark from the tree, soaking it in water to soften, pounding it out on a rock, drying, soaking again, pounding on a wooden anvil, drying, watermarking, dyeing and stamping a surface pattern. This process can take weeks or months. Stitt makes all her tools by hand. All of her dyes are derived from flowers, roots, berries, seeds and minerals from Hawai`i and Santa Cruz, California.

There are a handful of kapa makers in Hawai`i currently involved in the revival of making kapa. Stitt strives to perfect her skill at kapa making and to share with the next generation of kapa makers.

June 10, 2015: Annual Potluck and Gathering

Our annual potluck will be held at Martha Stanley’s home and studio. Parking is limited so carpooling is highly recommended. If you have not been there look for directions in the e-newsletter or use the Contact Us page to email the guild.

Bring a dish to share, and your own tableware. Martha has some chairs, but not enough. Bring a folding chair if you have one. The guild will provide coffee and tea. We will meet in the warmer front yard this year but you will still want to bring warm layers.

Bring your work to share and there may be a dye pot or two available for dyeing and possibly a sprang study group brushing up or learning sprang in advance of the fall workshop with Deanna Deeds. Look for more information on both of these possibilities in the coming weeks.

This also is the meeting where we bring the yarn, books, and equipment that we no longer need or use and offer it for sale or exchange. If you want to sell your stuff, please leave a donation of 10% of sale price for the Guild (trades don't count). And remember annual dues will be collected at the June meeting, so don't forget your checkbook or cash.

September 9, 2015: What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

September will be a major sharing program of show and tell. Please bring what you worked on over the summer or what you collected on your travels.

October 14: Deanna Deeds

Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am


Deanna 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 Deanna will teach 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.

November 11: Preparation for Guild Sale

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

We will begin with a show and tell of work we are contributing to the Guild Sale and do our preparation of that work for the sale with labels and prices.

January 23, 2016: Annual MAH Lecture: Lisa Kokin

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.

February 10, 2016: speaker to be announced

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

March 9, 2016: speaker to be announced

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

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: speaker to be announced

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

May 11, 2016: speaker to be announced

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.