This article was submitted for publication on the Schacht Spindle Company web site:
“There are happy rigid heddle weavers on the central coast of California! Our group is part of the Central Coast Weavers Guild. We number about 25, with attendance at monthly meetings averaging about a dozen. We use all manner and size of rigid heddle looms and we love them for their versatility, portability, ease of use and just plain fun. This group is responsible for bringing the popularity of the rigid heddle experience to the forefront in our Guild.
“At our gatherings, we share our weavings, try new techniques, and enjoy learning from one another. Rigid heddle weaving is not our only interest by far. We are floor loom and tapestry weavers, spinners, dyers, knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses. There is no shortage of talent, experience and ideas when we get together.
“This past year we had sessions on such topics as draft reading, pick-up techniques, double weave, color and design, and natural dyes, to name a few. Our rigid heddle weavers produce scarves, table runners, purses, bathmats, pillow covers, wall hangings and more.
“If you’re in the area and want to experience the joys of weaving, we’d love to have you join us. Visit us on Facebook @ Central Coast Weavers.”
Submitted by Diane Reynolds, Rigid Heddle Group chairperson
Our Thursday meeting will be January 9, 2020, from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm, in the Terrace Room at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredricks St, San Luis Obispo 93405.
The Program will be:
THE STORY OF PENDLETON WOOLEN MILLS – Pendleton operates two textile mills in the Pacific Northwest; one in Pendleton, Oregon and the other in Washougal, Washington. Yvonne Smith will take us on a visual tour of the Washougal mill while she tells us about the company’s history and evolution over the past 110 years.
Bring something for Show and Tell, weaving/fiber related items for the raffle and a few dollars to buy raffle tickets! Light refreshments will be served. The Public is welcome.
Our Saturday meeting will be January 25, 2020 at 11:00 am. The ANNUAL ALL DRESSED UP LUNCHEON will be held at the Grill at Alisal River Golf Course, 150 Alisal Road, Solvang.
Contact Kathy Briles by January 21 to reserve your place. Wear (or bring) your special handwoven items for Show and Tell.
Annual All-Guild Holiday Meeting and Party
Saturday, December 14, 10:00 – 2:00
Bayshore Village Club House, 171 Bayshore Dr, Morro Bay
(see late Fall 2019 Post or the Draft for driving directions)
The All-Guild Holiday Meeting will feature a salute to the four winners of the “Ena Marston Award for Excellence in Weaving”.
Bring: Something for “Show and Tell” and your favorite potluck dish to share. There will be “real” plates and utenils, but you may want to bring your own cup.
For the STAR project: Bring scissors and large eye needle… and your glasses if you need them!
Optional Gift Exchange: Bring a modestly wrapped gift, something handmade or useful to a weaver or spinner. Please keep items simple and handmade if possible.
Have you noticed the new calendar? It’s only visible to members so we can include private information like addresses for small events. Naturally the main listings are for guild events. We’re including some regional info for textile events like shows and classes, mostly those the members or friends are involved in of course. Please contact us if you’d like your event listed.