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April 2019

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: Our April meeting will be on April 12, 2019, the second Friday of the month, at 10:00 at Mary B.'s clubhouse.
This is a different date and place than usual. 

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.
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.

We are encouraging everyone to bring their own mug or cup for hot tea or coffee. The guild provides tea and instant coffee, plates and napkins. We will have some drink cups available as well.

April Meeting

Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 am at Mary B.'s Clubhouse
Program: Bhutanese Weaving

The Textiles of Bhutan
 with Wendy Garrity

Bhutanese textiles are quite unique, perhaps as a result of years of geographical isolation in the deep folds of the Himalaya. The most prized weaving techniques are Kushutara, a supplementary weft brocade, and Aikapur, a supplementary warp patterned fabric.

Wendy lived in Bhutan as a volunteer for a year and was able to learn to weave from some local artisans. A native of Australia, she is in the U.S. on a lecture tour and we are fortunate to have her come speak to our guild.

She will talk about the country, its people, the weavers and the fabrics they produce and how they produce them. The photo is from Wendy’s website, , and is an example of Kushutara.

For Sale


                       4 Treadles

                       Counterbalance Harness

                       Shuttle & Bobbin

                        Heddle Bar

                       Warping Board


     $600.00 Or Best Offer:  Looking for a good home for the loom            

    CALL SUSAN  SMITH 925 787-7989

Maple Floor Loom and Oak Spinning Wheel For Sale

       Beautiful Maple Floor Loom in Excellent Condition with all accessories
Oak Spinning Wheel, Swift and Niddy-Noddy

Details and photos below.

Suzanne McCulloch
Berkeley CA

It is best to contact Suzanne by email:

Solid Eastern Rock Maple Jack Loom for Sale

8 harnesses, 14 treadles, weaves 46” wide

Includes: rattle, 2 stainless reeds (6, 10), stainless heddles, sectional warp beam,

Gilmore loom bench with drawer, warping sticks, 10 boat shuttles, 24 bobbins, bob-
bin winder, 7 additional shuttles, combs, hooks and warping board as well as

weaving books. Excellent condition! $1800.

Complete setup for home or studio, capable of weaving fine fabrics to wall hangings.
Loom is 58” W x 44” deep x 38” H.

May be disassembled for moving.

    Double drive Ashford type solid oak spinning wheel, with distaff for     flax, 3 bobbins; includes 1 yard niddy-noddy, swift, roving, flat             carders.     Excellent Condition $500

Contact: Suzanne McCulloch

Travel to Guatemala

Aiko's daughter Mari is leading two textile tour to Guatemala this coming August.

For details and photos, see:

August 1-9: Creative Textile Adventure focuses on textile workshops with rural partner artisans. Topics include but not limited to natural dyes, warp ikat, backstrap weft brocade, and embroidery. We want to include special interests, so please let us know. This portion includes visits/stays in Antigua, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sumpango, Chichicastenango, and Lake Atitlán (several villages). $1950 per person.

August 8-14: The Quetzal Adventure takes us truly off the beaten path to visit partner weavers in a lush cloud forest region of Guatemala. This adventure features rural villages, colorful markets, home- cooked regional specialties in weavers’ homes, and breath-taking nature. Visits/stays include Antigua, Cobán and its surroundings (2+ villages), Semuc Champey, and hopefully some quetzal sightings. $1750 per person.

Minimum 4 participants for each itinerary. Sign-up with $150 deposit. Find more information at

Local Events

Coming in June:

Jan Langdon: Loomed

An exhibit of Jan Langdon's weaving will be exhibited in the Costal Marin Artists Gallery of the Bolinas Museum. The exhibit opens on June 15, 2019.

The Bolinas Museum

48 Wharf Road
Bolinas, California 94924