Saturday, October 11, 2008

Time to Renew Membership for 2009!

NOW is the time to get your checks in for the new year!

Please remember that there is a significant delay from the time a check is sent to the PO Box until it reaches the membership chairperson so try to hand in a check at the next meeting, or mail it directly to our membership chairperson, Karen Tyner, who will be handling all of the 2009 renewals.

Please complete the form which will be included in the October Newsletter and deliver to the Membership Chair, Karen Tyner, at the next meeting. If you will not be attending the meeting, please mail the form and your check as shown on the form.

Membership Application
Membership is open to all persons and associations interested in advancing, fostering, and promoting the art of handweaving, spinning and related crafts. Member benefits include use of Guild library and property, monthly newsletter, and priority and reduced fees for workshops. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month except November and December. Annual dues are $35 per individual and $50 per family and are payable in October and delinquent in January. NEW MEMBERS ONLY joining after June 1st, dues are reduced to $17.50 per individual and $25 per family.

The newsletter will be sent by email. It will be $15 extra to have it sent by US mail.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

October Program - Open House

The October Guild meeting date is changed!!

The meeting will be Saturday October 18, at Studio Channel Islands Art Center. The meeting will start at 9:30 and last until 3 pm. We will first have a business meeting, then Susan Goldberg will emcee the Show & Tell of the Challenges we have completed.

At the same time, we will host vendors in the Mosaic Garden outside. Guild members who would like to participate may purchase a 10x10” area for $35. Members are asked to contribute 10% of their sales up to $35 to Guild. Items to sell might be handspun, handwovens, knitted items, and equipment.

Other vendors anticipated include Village Spinning & Weaving, Anacapa Fine Yarns, San Buenaventura Soap Company, Morro Fleece Works, and Redfish Dye works.

We will have a Granny’s Attic where items can be donated and sold, with the proceeds going to guild…this is similar to our Ways and Means table. A great way to clean out your stash, equipment, books, etc. If you want to donate items, please get them to Silvia Leidig before October 11th. If you want Guild to sell your items, they must be priced, and listed, and given to Silvia Leidig, also by October 11th

Chris Villalovos is weaving a shawl from the remainder of the fiber from the Fair Sheep to Shawl. We will have a Silent Auction for the Shawl.

Betty Bingham has donated a wonderful triangle shawl that we will sell raffle tickets for.

Contact Silvia Leidig if you would like to reserve a vendor spot. Call her at 644-0678 or email

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July Program and Workshop

July Program

Janie Taylor will be our program presenter. Jannie comes to us from Central Coast Handweavers. She is a member of Complex Handweavers, and teaches for AVL. She has taught workshops for our Guild in the past, including one on Shadow Weave. This time she will be our program presenter for Saturday program, and will teach us how to make Camel Necklaces on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Designing can be astonishingly fast and easy with the help of any of the powerful programs available today. Learn how to take your weaving to the next level with on screen demonstrations of some of the many time saving and helpful features available to all weavers. Leave the graph paper and pencils behind and you might find that you actually ENJOY creating and weaving your own drafts.

July Workshop
Camel Necklace Workshop. Camel harnesses, saddles, and bridles are decorated with handwoven straps and tassels. Jannie has converted the concept of those harnesses into a necklace made of your own bits or thread, buttons, beads, etc. Attached is a picture for you to view the concept. Saturday afternoon right after the meeting, we will make tassels to begin the necklace. On Sunday, the workshop will continue at 4243 Telegraph Rd., Ventura where we will put the final product together.
Signups will only be guaranteed with receipt of your check for $35.

The Camel Necklace ~ A delightful necklace of tassels, buttons and beads; a miniature version of the adornment worn by the sultan's favorite camel.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
New Work Exhibit
March 8 – April 20, 2008.

Opening Reception: March 8, from 2 – 6 pm

The public is invited to attend and meet the exhibiting artists. Featuring Richard Amend, Susan Stinsmueller-Amend, Evelyn Dayman, Diane Bennett, Christina Carroll, Gayel Childress, Bernadette DiPietro, Carol Henry, Stanton Hunter, Laura Langley, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, Harry Poliak,David Reeser, Michael Rohde, Carol & Al Sils, Kathy Waggoner, Nina de CreeftWard, Fred Yokel and others to be announced.

The Opening Reception will feature a special presentation of jewelry by Clare Dune. The artist refers to her fused glass and rubber as "contemporary embellishments and charms for old souls and brave hearts". The contrast between hard, yet fragile colored glass and soft, yet flexible rubber creates a dramatic look that is both modern and timeless, with Asian and African references.

The Opening Reception will also feature a live musical performance by Joe Juin, featuring classic French and South American folk songs

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road
Ojai, CA. 93023
805 646-3381

Sunday, February 17, 2008

February Program and Workshop

Workshops: Saturday Afternoon, 2/23/08,
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., $35.00 per person

Spinning 101: Beginning Spinning: Cheryl Ambrose will be teaching beginning spinning. Participants need to indicate whether they will be using a spinning wheel or drop spindle.
Spinning 102: Spinning Designer Yarns: Susie Meach explores adding color and texture to your yarns by carding in fibers-both natural and man-made. Learn ply with special colored fibers and yarns-mohair, silk, nylon, angelina, metallics, sequins and thread and beads. We will practice some of Diane Varney's textured spinning and plying techniques as discussed in 'Spinning Designer Yarns' including
boucle, slub and spiral.

Morning Program:
Silent Auction of Donated Books

The following books were donated to the Guild and will be sold at silent auction during Saturday's meeting. There's something here for almost everyone - weaving, spinning, knitting, beading, crocheting and more. Need some research materials for your Guild Challenge project? Check these out - help the Guild and expand your personal library at the same time!

Can't be at the meeting? Karen Tyner will accept emailed or mailed bids until Friday February 22 (bids received after that date are not eligible. Postmarks don't count; the bid must be in Karen's hand by the 22nd). These bids will be opened when the auction closes.

Rules: A minimum bid will be set for each book or set of books. Highest bid, either in person or sealed bid to Karen, gets the book(s); a tie bid will be decided in favor of the person who is present at the meeting. Payment is expected at conclusion of the auction unless other arrangements are made with Karen or Elisa. Disclaimer: Information provided on the books is to the best of our knowledge; books are sold 'as is' and no refunds will be given. Have questions or want more info on the books (published date, author's name), please email Elisa at epspinsATgmailDOTcom.

Out of Print, Hard to Find Books
Weaving Overshot
The Primary Structures of Fabrics
Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters
The Structure of Weaving
Flamskvavnad - Flemish Weaving
More Than Four; A book for multiple harness weavers
Ray Manley's Fine Art of Navajo Weaving
Tapestry Weaving
Making Miniature Chinese Rugs & Carpets
Earth Basketry
Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry
Spindle Spinning From Novice to Expert
Knitting on the Road
Sweater Design Workbook

Kim Hargreaves Collection
Anny Blatt Magazine #132
I Taught Myself Knitting
Vogue Knitting on the Go: Chunky Knits
Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks
Socks, Socks, Socks; 70 Winning Patterns from The Knitter's Magazine
Traditional Island Knitting
Crochet Yearbook, Vol 1
Vanessa-Ann's Plain & Fancy Crochet
Glorious Crocheted Sweaters
Pretty Tops in Thread
Breezy Cotton Crochet

Geometric Needlepoint Designs
Good housekeeping: Illustrated Book of Needlecrafts
Step By Step Needlecraft Encyclopedia
EGA Designer Series: Book 2
EGA Glossary
Needle Workshop; Canvas Sampler

Uniquely Yours; Beaded Amulet Purse Necklaces
Dancing Light; Beaded Amulet Purse Necklaces
Heirloom Peyote; Patterns for Peyote Stitch Beadwork
Bead Directory, The; 3rd Edition
Designers Guide to Color 2
Directory of Grants for Crafts
Crafting as a Business
Handmade Greeting Cards

Please join us for our next meeting - Visitors are always welcome!
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2008
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Coffee & goodies. 9:30 a.m. - General Meeting
Where: 701 Del Norte Blvd. Units 115 & 120, Oxnard CA
For more info, please visit our website or leave a comment below (please include your email address) and we'll get right back to you.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Silvia's Guild Challenge

The Challenge
Challenge yourself to create something that you’ve never done before. The creation can be woven, knitted, crocheted from handspun. It can be felted or a number of other techniques. It could be clothing, a basket, home decoration, for household use, and so on.

The purpose is to challenge yourself to do something completely different from anything you’ve done before. Your intended project or technique (or both) could be more than one challenge. Be prepared to present your completed project at the October Open House at a Fashion Show/Presentation.

Register the focus of your intent with Silvia Leidig at the February Guild meeting. Indicate what assistance you need to accomplish your goal, i.e. books, other members, a small workshop, brainstorming sessions.
This is a wonderful idea. We all have techniques that we see others doing that we feel we'd never be able to do; this is our opportunity to give it a try, helping each other with the things we know. What is there to lose? Come to our meeting and sign up. Guests/non-members are always welcome.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Happy New Year!

Thanks to The Spooners for hosting our festive Holiday Party. It's very generous of you to share your home with us during the holidays, and everyone had a wonderful time.

We hope you didn't miss the January workshop with John Pitblado on Indigo dyeing. His presentation was very interesting and informative and the pictures were lovely. We hope to see pictures of the products from the workshop soon!

We invite you to February's workshop. If you're interested in spinning but haven't a clue how to get started, Cheryl Ambrose is hosting a "Beginning Spinning" workshop at our February meeting. Whether a drop spindle is your thing, or you want to learn wheel spinning, this will be a marvelous opportunity to learn. Workshop fee is $35 and includes materials.

February is a wealth of riches, as there are two separate workshops. For those more advanced, Susie Meach will be exploring Spinning Designer Yarns. Add color and texture to your yarns with several techniques, including combing in, plying with, and spinning unique fibers and other materials. Bring a wheel, preferably with a large oriface, and carders, combs and other fiber prep tools you may have. Workshop fee is $35 and includes materials.

As always, Guild meetings are open to all. We love guests! Come by and see what we're about, and maybe you'll get addicted to fiber too!