Past Programs of The Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild

November 9, 2016: Obsessed Travel Collections, Part 1: Europe, Asia & Africa

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Members bring a few of their favorite textiles collected while traveling.

October 12, 2016: Jim Tucker, P.T., OCS

Ergonomics for Weavers

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Learn to take care of your weaving body with Jim Tucker, P.T., OCS is the owner of Seascape Physical Therapy & Village Fitness Center. He was raised in Aptos and has been a physical therapist for 23 years. His area of specialty is Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation. Jim uses a unique blend of manual therapy techniques, modalities, and the use of therapeutic exercise to reduce pain, improve posture, and restore functional mobility and performance. He earned a degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, followed by advanced training in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. Jim is a board certified and a long standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association and board certified as a Specialist of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

September 21, 2016: Fair Recap and Sharing

Aptos Village Park: 9:30 am

Members bring entries to show, & talk about this year's Santa Cruz County Fair.

Note: this meeting is a week later than usual because the Fair runs from Sept. 14-18.

September 14-18, 2016: The Santa Cruz County Fair

As always, there will be plenty of opportunity to demonstrate weaving, spinning, braiding. Whatever your fiber skill and love come out to the fair and share it. Contact Cathy Walls to get your name on her list of demonstrators and to find out about parking and admission. Find her contact information in your roster or use the Contact Us page to email the guild.

June 8, 2016: Annual Potluck and Gathering

May 11, 2016: Jean Cacicedo: Looking Back Going Forward


Cacicedo was a prime innovator in the Wearable Art Movement of the 70’s. For over three decades she has worked both on and off the body, incorporating a special process she developed for wool fabrics as well as works on paper. Known for her “signature coats”, her pieced and sewn, slashed, felted and dyed constructions have been exhibited throughout Western Europe, Japan and the United States. In 2000, a 30-year retrospective of her work was featured at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Museum of Art and Design, NYC.

Cloth is the primary element in much Jean Cacicedo’s work. Combined with symbol and metaphor, her sewn constructions tell stories about images collected from journeys both physical and spiritual. She is inspired by the transformative properties of working with wool cloth through the process of shrinking and dyeing. Working in the form of one-of-a-kind garments are the forms Cacicedo creates garments that have the ability to transform a body, the power to seduce the eye and the hand and the means to connect us to art, both visually and physically. The wearer has an active role in the experience of the art creating a duality of both fantasy and function.

April 13, 2016: Michael Rhode


Michael Rhode , a weaver since the early 70s, became a full-time studio artist in 1998 after a career as a biochemist. "Working in the medium of woven textiles," he states, "I use my tools to observe and comment on what I see. These observations come from news of world events, travels and study of ancient and traditional art forms. By employing simple, iconic geometry and strong colors, there is room left to contemplate what is not there and not explicitly stated. Recent pieces of work over the last several years have addressed the impact of human and natural causes on the homes and lives of people. These include houses that disappear into the sands of war, are filled with rising floodwaters or simply vanish as the natural consequence of time. Yet, without the foreknowledge of what is behind the creation of these images, the works stand as objects of quiet beauty."

The artist, who is based in Westlake Village, CA, draws on his study of color and design at the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, where he attended classes after earning a PhD in biochemistry at Ohio State University. Michael's tapestries and rugs are regularly selected for juried exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work is represented in the collections of the Mingei International Museum, San Diego; the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles; and The Art Institute of Chicago. For many years he was a member of the Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild and we are delighted to have him return to bring us up to date on his work.

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



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


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, 2015: Guild sale at the Aptos Grange

November 11, 2015: Preparation for Guild Sale

October 14, 2015: Deanna Deeds: Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique

October 14-15, 2015 Workshop: The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth

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

June 10, 2015: Annual Potluck and Gathering

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

April 15, 2015: Sharing from CNCH 2015

March 11, 2015: Serena Lee

February 11, 2015: Angelina De Antonis

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