Past Programs of The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

March 9, 2016: Susie Taylor: Woven Origami


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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, November 14, 2014: Guild sale at the Aptos Grange

Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild Annual Sale Flyer

The Santa Cruz Handweaver's Guild announces our second Guild Sale fundraiser to support our monthly programs, which are always open to the public. We will have a wide variety of handwoven items perfect for holiday gift giving, including scarves, shawls, towels, blankets, bags of many sorts, catnip mice, and other unique items created by our members. There will be a very large stock of yarns for weaving and knitting, including hand spun, naturally dyed, and spectacular art yarns for sale. Spinning and weaving equipment will also be available for sale. A variety of demonstrations of spinning, kumihimo braiding, tatting, and more will be ongoing throughout the day. This is a one day only sale! Mark your calendars and don't miss this great opportunity! Saturday November 14 from 11:00 until 4:30 at the Aptos Grange Hall, 2555 Mar Vista Drive in Aptos.

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.

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.

October 14-15 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.

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. Those attending the workshop should have some basic knowledge of Sprang weaving.

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

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

This will be our major sharing program of show and tell. Bring what you have been working on this summer. Bring any textiles you may have collected on your holiday travels to share.

July 8 or 9 or 11, 2015: Gathering Basket Workshop with Jane Milner

Jane Milner will offer this workshop on each of the three days, with the option to make the gathering basket in one of two sizes. The workshop location is still undetermined. Class size is limited to 8 for each day.

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.

June 10, 2015: Annual Potluck and Gathering

Our annual potluck will be held at Martha Stanley’s home and studio.

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.

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


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.

April 15, 2015: Sharing from CNCH 2015

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

March 11: Serena Lee

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.

February 11, 2015: Angelina De Antonis

In her presentation Angelina DeAntonis will share her personal journey of forming her art career and her business, Ocelot. Since 1998 within the commercial clothing field, she has innovated ways of working as a textile artist and she has continued to find new expressions of her craft as it aligns with her life in a personal and social way.

Using the itajime technique to create unique fabrics, this “voice” of bold pattern is central to the Ocelot clothing line, there are so many explorations within this one technique, ranging from dye combinations and chemistry, to the layering of pattern and even techniques within the pattern like mono-print and transfer of dye from pre-dyed fabric. Angelina will show slides through power point starting with her early work in costume then into the beginning of Ocelot clothing and the most current pieces for the home.

Following an intuitive approach to business and to being a designer and artisan, she continues to approach the craft of her business as though it has deep meaning in her life. This journey as an artist, mother, and business woman is continually changing just as her life path is in flux. For Angelina, the wonders of color, of plant dyeing, and simply the transformative pattern of the Ocelot work speak directly to this entire process.

Following the presentation, there will be a trunk show with items for sale. A percentage is being donated to the guild, so bring your check books!

January 24, 2015 at MAH: Bhakti Zeik

November 15, 2014: Guild sale at the Aptos Grange

November 12, 2014: Preparation for Guild Sale

October 10-12, 2014: Braiding Workshop With Rodrick Owen

October 8, 2014: Ana Lisa Hedstrom: Stitch, Fold, Wrap, Clamp: 35 Years of Shibori Resist Dyeing

September 17, 2014: Reports from summer reading and the county fair

June 11, 2014: Annual Gathering and Potluck

May 14, 2014: Jane Milner

April 9, 2014: Textiles of Southeast Asia

March 12, 2014: Kris Nardello

Saturday February 15, 2014 at 1 pm: Carol Bier at the MAH

January 8, 2014: Weaving of Silvia Heyden

December 11, 2013: Holiday Gathering

November 13, 2013: Laverne Waddington

October 9, 2013: Rodrick Owen

September 18, 2013: Sharing Meeting

June 12, 2013: Annual Potluck and Gathering

May 8, 2013: Martha Stanley: Recent Rugs

April 10, 2013: Kris Nordello and Rachelle Weiss: Dyes and Dyeing

March 13, 2013: Janette Gross and Marian Sticht

February 13, 2013: Daryl Lancaster: Parallel Threads that Parallel Life

January 9, 2013: Alex Friedman

November 14, 2012: Cheryl Samuel

November 11-13, 2012: Ravenstail Medicine Bag Workshop with Cheryl Samuel

October 19-21, 2012: Workshop with Rodrick Owen

October 10, 2012: Sasha Duerr: Dyeing

September 19, 2012: Presentation by the Felting Group

June 13, 2012: Field Trip to Talisman

May 9, 2012: Mary Zicafoose, tapestry artist

April 11, 2012: Polly Barton

March 14, 2012: Tracey Appleton: Natural Dyeing

Saturday, February 18, 2012: Sue Hiley Harris

January 11, 2012: Jill Sanders

November 9, 2011: Carrie Ehler

October 12, 2011: Barbara Nitzberg: Warp Wrapping

September 21, 2011: Formal Guild Meeting: Weaving in Our Community

June 8, 2011: Annual Potluck and Gathering

May 11, 2011: Carole Beckett: Sewing with Handwoven Cloth

April 13, 2011: Laverne Waddington: Backstrap Weaving

March 9, 2011: Martha Stanley

February 9, 2011: George-Ann Bowers

Saturday, January 15, 2011: Desiree Koslin: Duodji Soft: Tradition, Authenticity and Innovation in Sami Textiles

November 10, 2010: Joy May Hilden: The World of Beduin Weaving

October 13, 2010: Barbara Stafford: Rug Weaving

October 2-3, 2010: Fingerloop Braiding Workshop With Ingrid Crickmore

September 8, 2010: Rug Study Group Presentation

May 12, 2010: Thom Atkins: Why I Sew Beads Onto Cloth

April 14, 2010: Guild Members share experiences from CNCH 2010

March 10, 2010: Suki Russack: Double Weave Pickup

February 10, 2010: Bambi Jones: Navajo Weaving

January 16, 2010: Frances Dorsey: Threads of the Pacific Rim

December 2009: Judith Burdick: Kumihimo Braiding

November: Nancy Jo Lopp: Photographing Your Work

October 2009: Roderick Owen: Peruvian and Japanese Braiding Techniques

September 2009: The Anne Blinks Collection presented by Nora Rogers, Martha Stanley, Barbara Boone, Susan Moore-Orrett, Sandie Shoemaker, Mark Daly and Anita Dyer