Past Programs of The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild



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






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!






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

Rodrick Owen will return to Santa Cruz for a braiding workshop October 10-12. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants. The fee for the three days for SCHWG members is $150. For non-members it is $160. A deposit of $50 is due by September 1 to reserve a place.

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

Ana Lisa Hedstrom is known for her signature shibori fabrics. She has created artwear and studio art quilts using a broad range of techniques and materials including pleating silk, shrinking wool, dye sublimation transfer printing on polyester, digital printing, and natural dyeing. The simple concepts of shibori are still a source of inspiration for Ana Lisa. She will show images of her work and share her experiences and insights of a long career. She will bring samples of Japanese indigo dyed shibori and examples of her own work. She will also have a Trunk show with items for sale!

Anna Lisa will be offering a workshop in conjunction with this lecture. The workshop will be 1/2 day on October 7 and October 8. Hedstrom Workshop - October 7th (1/2 day) and October 8th (1/2 day): Mordant printing and painting, and citric acid discharge using natural dyes.

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

Please note that the guild meeting is one week later than usual. The date change is due to the County Fair. This sharing meeting will include book reports from summer reading, County Fair review, sharing of travel and work from your summer as well as what you are making for the November sale.

If your work for the sale isn't completed, bring a photo of the work in progress, or the directions/pattern, or a sketch, or an animated description, in-other-words anything that will give us an idea of what you are planning to bring.

June 11, 2014: Annual Gathering and Potluck

May 14, 2014: Jane Milner

Jane Milner of Grass Valley will present a talk about her basket making. She will also offer a workshop.





April 9, 2014: Textiles of Southeast Asia

Peg McCollough, Marian Sticht and Janette Gross will present a photo journey through Thailand, North Vietnam and Cambodia from their recent visits to these areas. They will focus on local ethnic groups, their dress, their weaving, and their dyeing traditions. There will also be some photos of food, Buddhas and rice paddies! Beautiful textiles and other items will be displayed. Bring items you might have from Southeast Asia to share.





March 12, 2014: Kris Nardello

naturally dyed yarns in tapestry

Spring Color will take on a whole new meaning after our this meeting. While you're planning what to plant in the yard, consider plants for the color they will dye yarn in addition to how they will look in a pot on your patio. On March 12th join us for an illustrated presentation on "Natural Dye Plants of Santa Cruz County" given by Kris Nardello, who loves to take advantage of local plants for her dye pots.

Marigolds and Indigo

A natural dye workshop for guild members is being offered on the 2 Saturdays following this program, March 15 and March 22. If you are interested in this workshop contact Kris on the number listed in your roster or email the guild the guild by e-mail and your email will be forwarded to Kris or the workshop coordinator.





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

Symmetry, Asymmetry and Symmetry. Breaking: ways of looking at Oriental Carpets

Typically in Oriental carpets, many patterns combine to make the whole. Carol Bier has been exploring and studying the ways that weavers use symmetry, asymmetry, and symmetry-breaking to create great works of art. Ms. Bier is a Research Associate at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, specializing in Islamic Textiles. She is currently teaching at San Francisco State University. Her award winning online exhibition, "Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets" is hosted by the Math Forum@Drexel, a collaborative project of The Textile Museum and The Math Forum. This promises to be a very special treat for all of us.

Patterns in traditional, hand-woven Oriental carpets are never quite what you expect – a surprise here, a flourish there, a change of color, the flip or rotation of a design where you might not expect it. The more you look, the more variations you will find. These patterns tease the mind as they please the eye. What is it that weavers have done to make these patterns so captivating?

In this illustrated lecture we will explore different ways of looking at Oriental carpets to arrive at an understanding of how artisans and designers can play with symmetry, asymmetry, and symmetry-breaking to achieve a deeply satisfying aesthetic. In the case of Oriental carpets, it is an aesthetic that has crossed cultural boundaries over centuries.





January 8, 2014: Weaving of Silvia Heyden

We will watch a DVD on the life and weaving of Silvia Heyden followed by a discussion.

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