Saturday, March 24, 2007

Conference Booth

The Association of Southern California Handweaver's Conference is in full swing.Our Guild booth - Blooming Cotton Scarf Challenge - features cotton scarves made by members in a variety of techniques and a rainbow of colors. Thanks to Nona for another great booth design, and to Silvia and her assistants for a great conference.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Call For Programs

We’re looking for members to present a program (with or without an accompanying workshop) during upcoming guild meetings.
  • Do you have a fibery collection you’d like to share?
  • Want to show us slides from your recent fiber-related trip?
  • Are you an artist who’d like to talk about what you’re doing in your studio?
  • Have you learned a new technique you could teach other members?
We’d love to hear from you! Examples of member presentations (with apologies to anyone I’ve forgotten) include Susan Goldberg’s collection of woven coverlets; Susie Meach’s workshop on color blending a la Deb Menz; and Deborah Jarchow’s beginning weaving workshop coming in June.

We’d also love to hold more ‘beginning’ workshops for our new members or those who’d like to learn a new craft. If you have an interest in teaching or giving a presentation, please contact Elisa at epspinsATgmailDOTcom or leave a comment below.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Demo Opportunities

**Spinners and Weavers are needed to demonstrate at the Topanga Banjo, Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, Sunday, May 20, 2007, 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We will demonstrate on the porch (short section) of Old Town, across from Huckeby’s Feed & Grain Store and Brays Mercantile. Maps will be provided. You will need to bring your own chairs, water, sunscreen, and blankets or mats for your wheel. Tables will not be available.

If you drive into Old Town (before 9 am) to drop off equipment, you can’t drive out until the festival is over, approximately 7 pm. I recommend you bring a cart to haul wheels, etc. to the site. The road to Old Town is a rutted dirt road so wear comfortable shoes. You will receive free admission to the Festival. Lunch will be available from catering trucks. For additional information, access their website at

Signups for demonstrating spinning and weaving will be taken during the February, March and April meetings. Contact Rose Mary Schaefer for additional information.”

** Cowboys, Heros, and Outlaws: Passport to the American West event at historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, Saturday, June 2, 2007, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

We will be demonstrating in the inner courtyard. Shade will be provided. Food will be available. This will be a hands-on demonstration of hand-carding, drop-spindles, weaving, or any 19th century skills. This demonstration must be interactive with children. Participants are encouraged to make something to take home, i.e., yarn, carded wool, bracelets, etc.

Demonstrators should wear the following clothing: long skirts, blouses, jeans, or western attire. Bring chair and rug or blanket to put your wheel on. Tables will be available for looms.

Signups will be taken during the February, March, April and May meetings. Contact Rose Mary Schaefer for additional information."