January 20, 2020

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

December 2019

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.

Late Fall 2019


Second Thursday of the month, 9:45 – 12:30am. Join us at the United Methodist Church in SLO; 1515 Fredericks St., in the Terrace Room. Light refreshments are provided; bring something for “Show & Tell”; weaving/spinning related items for the raffle; and a few dollars to buy raffle tickets.

November 14 The history and evolution of Lunatic Fringe Yarns

Michele Belson is the founder of Lunatic Fringe Yarns, a company that is well known for its Tubular Spectrum of brightly colored cottons. Today Lunatic Fringe has expanded its repertoire and has added the American Maid naturally colored cottons to its inventory — along with an entire line of hemps, and some lovely wools.  At our November meeting, Michele will tell the guild how her company evolved from a backyard dyeing party into one of the most highly respected woman-owned yarn companies in the United States.  And of course, Michele is bringing many products to sell, so be sure to bring cash!

No Thursday meeting in December


10:00 – 2:00, usually the last Saturday of the month, usually in members’ homes; potluck lunch unless otherwise noted; bring items for Show & Tell.

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Challenge 2020: plaid

The Challenge this time is to design a plaid and then weave a cotton kitchen towel in your plaid. Contact Nancy Weber for a Challenge Envelope containing a collection of color cards for inspiration and a sheet like the one here showing some of the various classifications of plaid.

Finished towels will be presented and admired at the June 2020 picnic.

Calendar for members

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.

Surprise change of look

More update hassles

Very sorry, another update seemed to have broken something else... This time, it was menus that were destroyed. Rather than leave the site in an unuseable state for many people, I brutally changed the theme to something else. You may notice some very strange looks here and there, but the fonctionality should be all fine. I'll work on making it more consistent over the next few days.

The main change you might notice is that the 'login' box you used to see in the right column is now at the bottom of the page.
The sliver lining: the site is now 100% ADA-compliant, which should improve things for some of our audience.

All my apologies - M-C