Activities

Monthly meetings

The guild meets regularly twice a month, during the regular guild/academic year September-June. Guests are aways welcome, this is a good way to get to know us and decide if you'd like to join.

The Thursday meetings usually feature a speaker, and are held on the second Thursday of the month, 9:30 - 12:30am, at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo, in the Terrace Room. Refreshments are provided; bring your latest "Show & Tell", and a few items for the monthly raffle.

We also meet, usually the last Saturday of the month, 10:00 -2:00, in member’s homes. These meetings usually involve some sort of hands-on project. Bring something for “Show & Tell” and a potluck lunch.

Occasional workshops may or may not coincide with regular guild meetings, but are usually held on weekends.

Special Interest Groups

The guild has many activities as a whole, of course. But many of us also form sub-groups to address special interests. These may meet more or less regularly, and vary between a couple members and nearly the whole guild. Contact the group leader(s) for inclusion in the sub-mailing lists and meeting notifications.

Study Group

Study groups convene over a regular year, from January to December. The topic is chosen by consensus and changes every year. Meetings are held in member’s homes from 10:00 – 12:00; usually on the third Thursday of the month. Contact Jeannie Taylor for specifics.

Previous years have studied:
2015-16: rugs and rug weaves
2014-15:lace

Dark weaving by Denise Schryver
Brown and white very textured yarn by Denise Schryver

Spinning

The Spinners meet every Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 12:30, at the Strawbale Barn Weaving Studio, Atascadero. Call Rosemary or Kay Thorne for directions, 805- 438-5501. Anyone wishing to learn to spin may join the group for informal instruction.

A $1.00 per visit donation is requested to help defray the cost of firewood, utilities and hot drinks.

Tapestry

Tapestry Weavers meet 3 or 4 times each year on Saturdays to share ideas, encouragement, techniques and strategies for this design-focused , weft-face, plain weave format. Please contact Cindy Gaulin for further information.

Tapestry picture of the Benicia Bridge by Cindy Gaulin
"Postcards from Italy" tapestry vest by Cindy Gaulin

Garment Encouragement

Many weavers produce lovely lengths of clothes, but feel a bit lost when it comes to transforming it into clothes. If you are interested in improving your sewing skills and creating garments from your hand woven fabrics, this is the group for you. Topic are pretty self-contained and vary with each session. Contact Patricia Martin for information on meeting dates and locations.

Rigid Heddle

A rigid-heddle interest group is forming in Spring 2016. The initial time is Tuesday early afternoon, after spinning. Please contact Diane Reynolds for more details.

Start of a rigid heddle project by Sally Knight

Yearly events

Guild members also participate in a number of yearly events.

  • In mid-April, many members go to the CNCH conference. In 2016, we were one of its major organizers in Modesto.
  • In early June, we have a large annual picnic, with presentation of the results of the yearly challenge, a show of items from the various interest groups, and reports from guild activities.
  • In late July, we participate in the County Fair in Paso Robles. We usually have a booth to show various aspects of textile production. We also spend a Friday or two doing live demonstrations at the Fair, so that we can talk to the public more directly.
  • Later in July, some members go to the national Convergence conference.
  • Labor Day weekend is when the Monterey County Fair holds its fleece auction.
  • In early November, we hold our huge annual sale.
  • The following week, we have a weekend retreat up the coast so we can all recuperate.
  • And naturally we have a holiday party in December, with a small-present game.