Diablo Weavers

October 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.

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.

October Meeting

Friday, October 26, 10:00 am

In October we will meet at the library.

We have dates for meetings and programs through November and others are being planned.

If you have ideas for a presentation or workshop please contact Reba. She is coordinating program topics and dates, but looking to members for ideas and help in developing programs.

Local Events

The 5th Annual

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show

Saturday, October 20th

11 AM to 4 PM (Rain cancels)

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

1310 McGee Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94703

Berkeley Hort is pleased to have fiber artists from Nevada County join us again to share their hand-made items for perusal and purchase. From music to painting, fiber and other mediums, Nevada County offers some of the most original creative artists around. 

There will be clothing, hand towels, scarves/shawls, yarn, blankets, rugs and more.  This year’s trunk show will highlight plant-based dyes with a live demonstration of  indigo dyeing by Eileen Lee (aka Mzfiber).  If you’ve never seen the process, you’re in for a real treat – It’s like art and a magic trick all rolled into one.  Persicaria tinctoria is the Japanese indigo that Eileen uses for dyeing.  Native to Vietnam and China, the plant is a fast grower but frost sensitive.  It requires rich compost and is happiest with a nitrogen based food.  Indigo was originally used to dye denim jeans. Eileen worked for many years at Levi Strauss, so this is sort of a full circle for her. 

 During the event, the Oakland based husband and wife team from Okkon Japanese Street Food will be selling their okonomi yaki, a popular street food from Japan.  And, The Buffalo Gals (West) Band will be back playing their brand of old-time country and swing music from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

More information is available on the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery website:


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

    Tapestry, Floor Loom W2W, Floor Loom Weaving 101, Rigid  Heddle III - Double Heddle, Open Studio Weaving

Navajo Rug Tapestry Weaving and Navajo Loom Warping (space limited and this is one time class)
Floor Loom Weaving W2W

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 in September and October and on during the year. They also sell roving and yarn. For more information:


Museum of Craft & Design

ANCHOR IN TIME, a retrospective exhibit of work by DOMINIC DI MARE, is June 2 - October 28, at the Museum of Craft & Design, 2569 Third St, S.F. 
Hours are 11-6, Tues-Sat, and 12 - 5, Sun.
Fees are Adults: $8 and Seniors: $6. First Tuesdays are Free. 

Dominic's small mixed media sculptures incorporate dimensional weaving and cast paper, which serve as the inspiration for his current works on paper. He was one of Helen Pope's favorite artists. More information at sfmcd.org

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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