Spring 2018 meetings

Thursday meetings

Second Thursday of the month, 9:45 - 12:30, at the United Methodist Church; 1515 Fredericks St., SLO, in the Terrace Room. Refreshments are provided; bring your latest "Show & Tell", raffle items and a few dollars for raffle tickets.  Thursday meetings are open to the public.



Not all guild members weave with yarn or use a loom to fabricate their creations. This month two of our jewelry makers will tell us about themselves and their work. Metalsmith, Jeanie Pratt will discuss her brooches and other pieces that combine woven metal strips, wire bobbin lace, semi-precious stones and colorful enamel. Her work has appeared in several national publications and can be found at the prestigious Mobilia Gallery in Boston.

Jewelry designer and professional colorist D’Elin Lohr works her magic with
beads and thread creating beautiful, colorful bracelets and necklaces. Many of her pieces evoke an exotic theme through the deft use of color and texture.
Come hear about what inspires these two talented members and a little about the processes that are involved in making their distinctive jewelry. Be sure to wear any pieces of Jeanie or D’Elin jewelry you own. There may be a few pieces for sale at the meeting too, so bring your checkbook!


Jeannie Pratt


Kathrin Weber, the founder of “Blazing Shuttles,” is known for her colorful hand-dyed warps and woven pieces, and is one of the most popular workshop leaders in the nation. In April, Kathrin will show photos of her work and discuss the inspiration for her striking color palettes. She also promises “lots of stories that pop up along the way and a lively Q&A afterwards.” Wear something colorful and enjoy the show!

Kathrin Weber


Usually the last Saturday of the month,

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Guild aprons

In order to work at the annual sale, you must be wearing an official guild apron, dark green with an embroidered “50 Years and Still Warped” logo, and preferably with your name embroidered on it.

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Hands-on meeting – Convergence goodies

The Saturday guild meeting is this Saturday, Feb 24, at the Strawbale Barn, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

One way that the guild is participating in Convergence 2018 is by providing items for the goodie bags. Among other things, we will be making handmade, unique note cards on Saturday.

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Date errors

An error slipped by in the last newsletter (Jan/Feb 2018) - the main monthly meeting has NOT changed, it's still the second Thursday of the month, only here that's February 8th, not 13th.  So we hope to see y'all there.  In the same vein, the post about the tapestry group is correct but the newsletter wasn't, it's happening February 17th and not the 10th.  Sorry!

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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