All Guild Meetings and Functions Cancelled

In order to help prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19 in our vulnerable population and the community in general, the Guild Board has decided to cancel all meetings for the remainder of the month of March.  At that point, the Board will reevaluate the situation and notify all members.  This includes regular Thursday and Saturday meetings, as well as Tuesday Spinners, Study Group and all Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.

Please stay safe and healthy – and get some weaving done!


Thursday Meeting Location Change!

For the March 12 Thursday meeting, we will take a field trip to Horsefeather Ranch  in Arroyo Grande (11:00 to 12:30pm).  We will meet at the home of Diane Ayers, 1678 Noyes Road in Arroyo Grande at 10:00 am for a brief meeting and then continue to the ranch.  We will see sheep, goats, alpaca, and exotic birds and there is a store which offers fiber and other items.  This event will be held rain or shine and may involve walking in muddy conditions, so dress appropriately!   You might want to bring an umbrella!

The fee is $10 for members who sign up by March 9 and $20 for everyone after that.  Send your check to Karen Wiley if you would like to join.  Parking is limited so please carpool to Diane’s house!

Swedish Weaves Workshops

In conjunction with our May Saturday Meeting (May 30), Joanne Hall will present two workshops about Swedish Weaves.

On Friday, May 29 Joanne Hall will talk about “Understanding Countermarch and Draw Looms” with loom demonstrations. This is a good opportunity to learn about these types of looms.  The fee for this 1-day workshop is $68.

On Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Monday (May 30-June 1), there will be a “Swedish Arts Weaves” workshop covering five different Swedish Weaves through the use of pick up and half heddle techniques.  This workshop is appropriate for both 4 Shaft and Rigid Heddle Looms. The fee for this 2 1/2 day workshop is $175.

Sign ups will be available at the Thursday, February 11 Guild meeting. Space is limited, so bring workshop fees to hold your space.  If you cannot attend the Guild meeting this Thursday, contact Patricia Martin (  There are no refunds, but you may find a replacement if you are unable to attend.

New Special Interest Group Forming!

If you are curious about freeform weaving in the Japanese philosophy and styles and  you would like to explore this topic with other weavers, please join us for our first meeting in Diane Reynolds’ home in San Luis Obispo (805.704.8273) on February 27 from 10 am to 12 pm.

This would be a good place to expand your creativity and color sense while creating your own unique handwovens.  We would informally gather monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm. Portable Floor looms, Table Looms and Rigid Heddle Looms can all be used.

If you would like more information about the formation of this new Special Interest Group, contact Denise Schryver: or 805.440.4579

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.