Past Programs of The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

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

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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.

November 15, 2014: 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

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