Breeding Naturally colored cotton – EARLY!

PLEASE NOTE that this program is a week earlier than usual!

Sally Fox is a pioneer in the field of breeding and cultivating organic, naturally colored cotton on her farm in the Capay Valley area of Yolo County. She is also a Cal Poly graduate and a former Guild member. Sally will discuss her personal history of breeding cotton and her attempts to commercially develop the naturally colored cottons, which come in wonderful shades of brown, sienna and green.

Meet at the Strawbale Barn, 9156 Santa Margarita Rd., Atascadero. You might want to bring some cash because Sally will be selling her fiber, yarn and cotton fabric (and some organic wheat seeds). If you can easily tuck a chair or two into your car, please do so; we may get a large crowd and want to have seats for everyone. We will be joined by the Seed Exchange Group, which will bring seedy presents for the participants.

Antique reproductions

Paul Freeman, founder and owner of Archive Edition Textiles in Hawthorne, CA, will be the speaker at the Saturday, Sept. 30 guild meeting. Paul has been collecting antique textiles for more than 30 years and uses those textiles as an inspiration for the dozens of reproduction textiles that he creates. Paul will bring antique and reproduction textiles to his presentation, and will talk about his designs, as well as the status of the textile industry in the United States.

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Summer class at SLOMA

Kathy Friend teaches summer class at SLOMA

CCW member Kathy Friend taught a very successful weaving class for children at SLOMA in summer 2017.

There were 2 groups of children, 6-8, and 9-12.  The younger group started with stick wrapping and custom-designed cardboard cutouts supplemented with oil pastels, and was by far the most experimental. But the older group got to try out other methods up to a rigid heddle loom, and they enjoyed that tremendously.

Many thanks to the CCW members who donated massive amounts of yarn, and to the lender of the aptly-named Friendly loom which was used by as much as 6 children at a time.

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Sewing Work-In 2017

This sewing mini-workshop was held mid-July 2017 in Morro Bay, for 3 days.  People were encouraged to bring either a handwoven fabric or a fabric that appealed to them, and they all worked on a fairly generic unfitted jacket pattern which would fit a wide range of bodies. Patterns designed for quilters are often suitable for handwovens are they tend to be rather spare in their fabric requirements, and to often use fairly straight design lines. You can see from the results that this was a good starting point 🙂

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Guild 2017 challenge results

The yearly guild challenge for 2017 was to use ‘complementary plain weave’ (aka ‘diversified plain weave’, or ‘double-faced plain weave with overshot patterning’ ) to make something. This is generally used to weave thick mats, but with no floats to catch on anything, so it’s very practical for household items. There is a lot of potential for pattern variation, as long as you use reasonably contrasting colors.  So here are the results of what inspired guild members.

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Guild 2018 challenge

For the 2018 version of the challenge, guild members should weave or create (by any another textile method) a scarf (at least 70″ long) using the 3 initials of the Central Coast Weaving Guild name (ie CCW).  Use colors corresponding to each initial, either listed in the examples below, or use the Pantone site to visualize them or find others to suit you.  So you must use two  ‘C’ colors, a ‘W’ color, and then anything else you’d like to go with those.  You can use the 2014 challenge colors again, or whichever ones you can think of.  The results will be presented to the whole guild at the annual picnic in June 2018.

Have fun!

C

Cerise Cerulean Copper Chocolate Chartreuse Cobalt Corn Carrot Cranberry

W

White Walnut Watermelon Wisteria Waterfall Whiskey Wheat Wine Wintergreen

Weaving/spinning demos at the 2017 Mid-State Fair

It’s July, so it must be time for the Mid-State Fair in Paso again! A rotating cast of guild members will be demonstrating weaving and spinning at the fair, in the air conditioned Home Arts building. We will be there from noon to 8pm, both on Friday July 21st and Saturday July 29th.  Be sure to admire the many items contributed to the show by guild members, as well as the general talent displayed from SLO county as a whole!

Guild members always have a lot of fun at these events, and especially enjoy corrupting tender young minds :-).  You can still sign up with Rosemary, and bring a simple project so you can talk and weave/spin at the same time, enjoy the rest of the fair before or after your shift.

Tapestry tales – stories in fiber

The Tapestry Special Interest Group of the guild is having a show in August 2017.  A dozen members will be presenting their work at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St in San Luis Obispo, the same venue where the guild meets on Thursdays. The opening reception will be concurrent with Art After Dark, Friday August 4th, 4-8pm.  The show will run for 2 weekends, August 4-13, Friday, Saturday and Sundays August 4-13, noon-4pm.

Please join us!

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Warping with a paddle

On March 25th 2017, we met at Sally Knight’s beautiful house to investigate different methods of (quick) warping.  Nancy covered how to use AVL warping wheels, and Sally showed us how to use a warping paddle.

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