Diablo Weavers

November 2018

Diablo Weavers Guild meets in Walnut Creek, usually on the third or fourth Friday of the month from September through June, 10:00 am until noon or a little later. We do not meet in July and August.

Note that November 2018 is on the second Friday of the month.

New members and guests are welcome. 
In September, December and June we meet at a member's home. Other meetings are usually held at the Thurman Casey Library in Walnut Creek (Ygnacio Valley Library).
Thurman G. Casey Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd.
Walnut Creek CA 94598

See the link below or the second item on the side bar on the left for meeting dates and topics. As additional programs are developed for 2018-2019 updates will be posted. 
Library location details and a map:
Meeting location

Dues for the 2018-19 year, September - June, are $30 per person; $40 per family. If joining half way through the year, dues are $15.

November Meeting

Friday, November 9, 10:00 am at the library

Making Dragon Boat decorations with Reba

Note that our November meeting is early this year--the second Friday of the month on November 9, 2018. We will be making Dragon Boat decorations. Directions to make two small "Dragon Boats" and all supplies will be provided by the guild. If you have fairly narrow ribbon, decorative pins or other materials you would like to use, feel free to bring them along.

Snack for the meeting: Margie K. and Joan A. 

For Sale

AVL Loom for sale

40 inch, 8 Harness AVL Loom with side tie up
4 Reeds 6, 8, 10, 12 dents per inch
See photos below, for back, front and side views and accessories.


Contact Mary Giammona: 925-299-1854

Local Events

Classes at San Francisco Fiber in Oakland

 What's New at San Francisco Fiber

Need  a Place to weave and/or a loom,
especially for the wide and multi projects, like baby blankets and Holiday gifts?
I have studio space and looms to rent from August 15 - November 15. Looms can be rented for a day, week, or a month at a time depending on availability. Call 510 995-6667 or email lou@sffiber.com for more information on studio weaving.

Full class calendar http://www.sffiber.com/description.html

November and December- no classes except for studio weaving.

 More details and information?  Call me at 510 995-6667
or email me at lou@email.com


Lou Grantham

Updates from Charlene Woodcock about the Jolom Mayaetik weavers

I scheduled my annual trip to Chiapas to coincide with a conference of cooperatives organized by the Jolom Mayaetik weavers to bring public attention to the rampant copying of designs from indigenous artists and artisans now facilitated and exacerbated by the Internet.  It attracted representatives from cooperatives in Oaxaca, Puebla, Guerrero, Yucatan, Michoacan, and from Argentina, Guatemala, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Colombia. The discussion panel included a newly-elected woman senator from the winning Morena party, a woman federal deputy, an anthropologist, and two members of the federal human rights commission to discuss the problems of intellectual and cultural property rights and the theft of indigenous designs, which has increased significantly in the past several years.

Seated next to me in the photo is Celerina Ruiz Nuñez, a past president of Jolom who is wearing a gorgeous traditional huipil woven by Magdalena Lopez Lopez, whose 12-foot long tapestry was the centerpiece of our exhibition at the SF Airport Museum from September last fall to April this spring (see photo below).

We’ll have exhibition/sale events on four days this winter.  I hope one of them will fit your schedule:

November 11 in San Francisco, the de Young Museum Textile Arts Council Ethnic Textile Bazaar, see below.
November 30 evening reception & 10 to 5 December 1 at the Hillside Club in Berkeley.
December 2 at my home in Berkeley, 10 to 5. Details to come.

The photo below shows the centerpiece of the SFO Museum exhibit.  There is a small exhibit up at the Berkeley Public Library this month.  And the link below connects to the University of Oklahoma Press webpage for Weaving Chiapas, the English language edition of the book of oral histories of the weavers who founded the Jolom Mayaetik cooperative. Copies will be available at these events.

Windrush Farm classes

Windrush Farm, in a lovely rural setting near Petaluma, has fiber arts classes in spinning, dyeing, carding and more. They encourage weavers to learn some of these skills.

There are classes throughout the year. They also sell roving and yarn. For more information:


Search our site using the search box at the top to find past workshops
and information about other activities.

Past meeting pages and meeting notes are linked from the lower left side
bar.  For meetings and notes earlier than those listed on the side bar, search using the box at the top.
For questions, suggested items to add or edit on this web site, please contact Carol.

Header photo: Coloured wool: By Sfuarch480 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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