CCW News

Pop-Up Gatherings – Staying Connected

The Guild Motto and guiding principle is “Friendship is the Shining Path We Weave”.  For months, we have been  separated from our friends by this pandemic and, while we are not ready to assemble indoors at a regular meeting, we are ready to try a new way to stay connected.

The Guild board is initiating a new program called “Pop-Up Guild Groups”.  Any member can offer to host a Pop-Up gathering.  The host will set the date, time duration, location, maximum number of participants, the theme (if any) and any other specifications.  All gatherings will be outdoors, in a back yard, park or other open space.

An announcement will be sent out to all guild members and those interested in attending will contact the host to reserve their space. no drop-ins or guests without a reservation will be allowed.

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Ruby Leslie September Workshop Cancelled!

We had hoped to be able to host Ruby Leslie’s “3Ds of 3-D: Deflection, Differential Shrinkage and Doubleweave” Workshop in September, 2020.  Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled due to the pandemic.  Contact Patricia Martin, Patwove@aol.com if you are interested in joining us at a future date.

All Guild Meetings & Functions Currently 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 (patwove@aol.com). 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: denise.schryver@gmail.com or 805.440.4579

Rigid Heddle Group

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

Upcoming Meetings

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.

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