Past Programs of The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

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: Holiday Gathering

November 13: Laverne Waddington

Laverne Waddington will present a program from her in-depth understanding of backstrap weaving.

ON November 8-10 Laverne will present a beginning Back Strap weaving workshop. Contact Yonat Michaelov directly from the contact information in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information.

October 9: Rodrick Owen

Rodrick Owen will present our program. He also will be offering a braiding workshop. For more information about joining this workshop please contact Barbara Boone directly from the contact information in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild for more information.

September 18: Sharing Meeting

June 12, 2013: Annual Potluck and Gathering

May 8, 2013: Martha Stanley: Recent Rugs

Martha Stanley will present her most recent work.

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

Rachelle and Kris will teach a few stitched shibori techniques during our guild meeting. When we gather at Martha Stanley's studio in June they will have dye pots available for members to use natural dyes to finish the projects they began in the April guild meeting.

March 13, 2013: Janette Gross and Marian Sticht

In October Marian and Janette were fortunate to travel to India with Yoshiko Wada and study in the workshop at Aranya in South India. They will talk about their experiences, show pictures and textiles collected on the trip as well as sharing the work they produced and their experiences in the shibori workshop they took at Aranya.

For the rest of this sharing meeting all guild members are encouraged to bring completed work, work in progress, successes and not so successful work that we can all learn from. If you have any textiles from India bring those to share as well.

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

Forest Fire Front

Daryl Lancaster, artist, teacher, hand-weaver, writer, and professional dressmaker/designer with over 40 years experience will be discussing her views and her perspective on hand-woven clothing, recycled experiences and the creative process. Daryl will talk about her adventurous journey over the years with hand-woven clothing showing images and samples of her fabrics and garments.

On Tuesday, February 12, the guild is offering "Play With Color", a workshop exploring using yarns of different colors and textures to create beautiful warp combinations. from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The place is Valencia Hall, located at 2555 Valencia Road, Aptos. The cost will be $40. If you are interested in this workshop check the guild newsletter link above for a registration form, call Marilou Moschettin directly from contact information in the newsletter or contact the guild by e-mail and your email will be forwarded to the workshop coordinator.

January 9, 2013: Alex Friedman

Alex Friedman, tapestry weaver, is passionate about tapestry and believes that the serene aspects of a woven tapestry has the power to bring peace and harmony into any space

Several years after working in an architectural office as a model builder among other tasks, Alex became interested in weaving and signed up for classes at the YWCA. This led to a job weaving in a workshop with Michele Lester in New York on a commission making shaped tapestries for a fleet of Pan Am jumbo jets. From that point on, Alex Friedman has maintained a studio for over 30 years wherever she has lived, Connecticut, London, England and now the Bay Area, California.

Largely self taught in this age old tradition, she has continued to learn by taking workshops with many highly regarded weavers who have trained in several different European traditions.

Her earliest interests were in the architectural aspects of the medium; the structural imagery and particularly the way that light plays across the surface both illusory and in reality. More recently, Alex is exploring both the potential illusion and the constructive aspects of tapestry in a way that preserves the idea of 'textile' rather than a more traditional image based narrative subject. She is known for the striking designs and rich colors of her tapestries. She has executed many commissions and exhibited widely. One of the highlights of her long career was winning a fellowship from the New England Foundation of the Arts.

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