Diablo Weavers

October 2016

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. 

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

Library location details and a map:
Meeting location

Dues for the year Sept 2016 - June 2017 are $30 per person; $40 per family.

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10:00

Third Friday of the month at the library

Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

We'll be watching "Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo", a documentary about indigo traditions and current practices from around the world. To add the tactile experience that we all love, members are encouraged to bring examples of indigo textiles that they've made or collected to share with the group. 


Juana Gutierrez grinding indigo at the Porfirio Gutierrez family workshop in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
(By Thelmadatter (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Please bring dues to the meeting if you have not already paid for the year.

Snack for the meeting: Kathy D. and Lillian W.

Sharon G. shared a short video about silk production in Oaxaca:

“Rescate Seda” – Revival of Silk in Oaxaca, Teotitlan del Valle

Local Events

The Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts is holding its annual sale on Saturday, October 29 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.

Over 25 spinners, knitters, and weavers will be selling their items - everything from fleece to finished goods. 

For Sale

Harrisville Designs Loom

Harrisville Designs model 8 Loom for sale

8 harness @ 22 inches wide

Folds up for storage 17" × 30" × 43" high


Can deliver within 15-20 miles of Benicia

Schacht Highcastle Loom

8H Schacht Highcastle Loom: Maple. Inserted Eye Heddles. Easy tie-up system. Removable Breast and
Back beams. New Brake. Sectional Beam, 18” circumference. Four Leash Sticks. (See photos below)

• Custom Cherry Bench (designed copied from LeClerc bench). Fixed Height. Storage Under Seat. 
Two Built in Pockets.

• LeClerc Bobbin Rack. Holds 40 Four inch Bobbins/Spools. Easy to Store. Includes 30 Cardboard Spools
• Metal Temple. 32” to 51” Capacity.

• Located in San Ramon. Must be picked up by October 25

PRICE: $1100

Contact: Joan Leon at gypsieladi@hotmail.com

Local Workshops

From Willow to Basket in a Day!

A Willow Crafting Class Taught by Renown Willow Crafter Charles Kennard.                
Saturday, October 15 San Jose - 9:30 a.m. – to 4:00 p.m.

We will gather willow shoots at the Veggielution Community Farm in central San Jose, and make open-weave twined baskets suitable for gathering fruits or veggies. The workshop is sponsored by Veggielution, Silicon Valley Folk School, Silicon Valley Permaculture Guild and the Center for Popular Research, Education and Policy. This class is for adults and teens with beginning and experienced weavers welcome. The fee for the class is $75. To register, contact Kris Jensen at krisxjensen@gmail.com or (650) 521-1536
Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for MAPOM, Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and another is in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden he has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

Loop Braiding class with Ingrid Crickmore

The Lace Museum in San Jose will be having a loop braiding class with Ingrid Crickmore in October. You can find information at this link,


Loop Braiding Potpourri with Ingrid Crickmore

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016 9:30am-4:30pm

Loop braiding (aka fingerloop braiding) is a disappearing, world-wide traditional way to make braided cords and bands quickly and efficiently with almost no equipment other than the fingers. Many different braided structures

can be made: cords that are round, square, rectangular, triangular, and solid or hollow; as well as wide, flat ribbon-like bands, and lace-like braids with fine-yet-strong openwork.

Aside from being useful and strong, these cords and bands can also have very intricate and beautiful color-patterning. Nowadays, teens often learn one or two basic fingerloop braids as a quick friendship bracelet technique. Loop braids can also be used as lanyards, necklaces, drawstrings, fine fringe, edge trimmings on clothing, button-hole bands, shoelaces, and more.

In this workshop, we will learn square, flat, and openwork braids; a spiral- textured round braid; and (depending on time constraints and class interest) several different color-pattern variations of these braids; a beveled half- roundor triangular braid, and/or a dotted braid that was called Grene Dorg,(Barleycorn) in Medieval England.

Materials Fee: $7/per student, payable directly to teacher

I will be providing each student:

  •   All class yarn-students will be encouraged to measure off/ make up extra

    loop-bundles to take home, for any/ all of the braids we will be learning.

  •   Large-tooth plastic comb for storing in-progress braid (loops can be

    parkedon combs teeth)

  •   Thick multi-page handout packet

    Ingrid Crickmore
    is a textile arts dilettante who became fascinated by loop braiding in 2006, and has been learning and teaching it ever since. She teaches both traditional and original loop braids and braiding techniques, both on her website, Loop Braiding (loopbraider.com) – which has many free video and photo-based tutorials – as well as at workshops and conferences.

Registration Form

Loop Braiding Potpourri with Ingrid Crickmore
Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016 · 9:30am-4:30pm

Name___________________________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________________________ Phone________________ Email _______________________________________

Payment Options:
__ Check for $150 made payable to The Lace Museum enclosed __ Paying via Paypal at www.thelacemuseum.org
__ Paying by credit card in person or by phone at the Museum

An email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your registration. 

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