Friday, June 25, 2010

New Website

Please visit us at our new and improved website: . See you there!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Meeting

Our April 24 meeting will be a planning session for some of our upcoming programs, such as our 40th Anniversary Open House. This year is our guild's 40th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with everyone. We'll be celebrating our roots and demonstrating weaving, spinning, maybe some dyeing, felting and whatever else we can think of. If you have a particular talent, ie. inkle loom weaving, backstrap weaving, meat tray weaving with kids, carding, etc., please speak up and volunteer to share your talent.

We have lots to think about and discuss at this meeting, so please plan to be there. We need your input.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 27th Meeting and Workshop

Introduction to Bobbin Lace with Maria Provencher

Maria will be with us for the afternoon after the Guild meeting to give us a taste of bobbin lace making. She will help us with basic bobbin lace stitches to make a simple bookworm. If you have ever been curious about bobbin lace, this is the workshop for you. We will learn a bit of lace history and have a chance to see a multitude of lace samples that Maria will display. She will also cover such basics as the proper way to wind bobbins and at the end we will have a question and answer session. Maria will have pillows and bobbins for us to use during the workshop. She will also have pillow/bobbin sets for sale ($20/set), for those of us who can not avoid the bite of the bobbin lace bug! The fee for this workshop is $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. All Materials will be supplied.

The location of this workshop is SCIART Gallery in Camarillo. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny - furbunny at earthlink dot com

Guild's new meeting location:

SCIART Education Classroom across the street from 136 Elm Drive, Camarillo

Going North on the 101 Fwy., get off the fwy at the Lewis Road exit, turn left at the light onto Daily Drive. At the light at Arneill Road, turn left, go to the light at Ventura Blvd, turn right and then make an immediate left onto Elm Drive. Drive about 1.5 blocks, make a right turn into the parking lot across the street from the house on 136 Elm Dr, and our meeting room is right there.

Going South on the 101 Fwy., get off the fwy at the Carmen Drive exit, turn left onto Ventura Blvd and continue a little over a half mile, turn right onto Elm Drive. Drive about 1.5 blocks, make a right turn into the parking lot across the street from the house on 136 Elm Dr, and our meeting room is right there.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Workshops on the calendar

These are the workshops that are already booked along with the workshops/programs that we are working on. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Edie or Ginny or leave a message here.

Monday, February 22: Nancy Bush, Estonian Traditional Folk Socks (1-day workshop)

Sat/Sun, February 27 & 28: Sara Lamb, Contemporary Knotted Cut Pile (program & 2-day workshop)

Saturday, March 27: Maria Provencher, Bobbin Lace (program & 1-day workshop)

Saturday, June 26: Rebecca Smith, Tapestry Weaving (tenative workshop)

Saturday, July or August: Marie Spaulding, either wet felting or nuno felting (tenative workshop)

Monday, February 1, 2010

New location for February meeting

We had such a great turn out in January but I think we all felt the pinch for space. We know that we will be moving in a month or two but that doesn't mean we should be uncomfortably crammed into the space that is currently available to us. So, we have made the decision to look for an alternate meeting space for February and possibly March. So, this month, make note that we will be meeting at the Hampton Inn in Camarillo ~ February 27th.

Hampton Inn
50 West Daily Drive

You would take the Las Posas exit, no matter which direction you are driving on the 101. The Hampton Inn is on the opposite side of the freeway from the Target shopping center. Daily is the first street past the freeway and you would turn left on to Daily. You can't miss the building. We will be in a meeting room on the ground floor. Look for the signs directing you.

We will be having a presentation by Sara Lamb directly after the meeting/raffle.

And, I want to remind you about the 2-day workshop, Contemporary Cut Pile by Sara Lamb. The workshop will be at SCIART gallery and will start at 1:00 pm...

If you have signed up for this workshop and you have not paid in full, please do so no later than February 20th. Please contact Ginny at furbunny at earthlink dot net if you have any questions. The fee for the workshop is $80 for members and $90 for non-members. Sara will have some additional materials for us to use during the class and that packet will be $10, payable directly to Sara.

The materials list for the workshop:
  • Loom: rigid heddle with a 12 dent reed or better, a table loom or frame loom with tensioner and heddle bar are also acceptable.
  • Yarns: one ball (250 yds) size 10 crochet cotton in any neutral color; small amounts of several other colors of the same size crochet cotton
  • Two colors of larger grist cotton (tahki Classic cotton or Super 10 cotton)
  • Wool for pile: needlepoint yarns (Appelton) in several colors,
  • -OR- two ply wools of coarser grade wool in several colors.
  • Sissors, both large and small (thread nippers are perfect for the small pr.)
  • Tape Measure
  • Tapestry beater or kitchen fork
  • Large eyed tapestry needle
  • 2 "C" clamps for tablet weaving
  • colored pencils or pens
  • notebook and calculator

Optional: swift and ballwinder

Materials from Sara: handout booklet, tablets for tablet weaving, shuttles and small amounts of yarn. Fee $10 payable to Sara.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 ~ Its a NEW year! Meeting - Program - Workshop

The next meeting of the VCH&S Guild will be held at our new meeting location in Camarillo. Look to the right of this message for the address and directions. Its at the NEW SCIART Gallery across from the Camarillo Farmers Market.

January 23rd is the date of our next meeting. Coffee at 9am with the General meeting to follow at 9:30.

There will be a Program at the conclusion of the meeting. We are welcoming Susan Conn Italo a local fiber artist. Susan is an award winning pattern designer, wearable artist and fiber artist. 2009 introduced her to spinning in a major way. She recently attended a Jacey Boggs art yarn workshop, so look for many wonderful things to come from that adventure.

We will be treated to a fashion show of her wearable art, and Susan's presentation of her trapped fibers, her technique of weaving on your sewing machine, and many other uses of fabric, fiber and threads.

You can visit Susan's website by clicking on this link:

We will also be having a Workshop in the afternoon.

We're calling it the Wild Spinning Exploration Workshop. Let color and texture fly into your yarns. We will explore new spinning techniques - Corespinning (as featured in Winter 2009 SpinOff), coils, bumps and halos. Check out inspiration and ideas. The Guilds drumcarder will be there so you can learn to make your own art batts. Susie Meach will demonstrate and escort you into spinning neverland. Workshop fee: $20

Please contact Ginny Deppe at to have your name added to the participants list. We want to make sure that we being enough fiber for everyone.

Ability level: Confident beginner. You should be able to spin a soft single and are familiar with plying.

Bring: Spinning wheel, bobbins, lazy kate, spindles, niddy noddy, ball winder etc.....all of your spinning tools.

Materials: Soft wool top in colors of your choice, stash fibers to add to corespinning. Plying threads - make sure your kate can handle small spools (bamboo skewers or knitting needles work) or a container to corral the spools.

For core spinning: lace weight textured yarn - wool or a blend -cotton works but is more slippery. Have your core yarns wound into a ball or on a cone. Note: to get a jump on corespinning practice, come with a bobbin full of bulky softly spun singles.

Materials fee: $15 for wools, art batts, mohair, angora, glitz, silks,alpaca, locks for tailspun, plying threads, funky yarns for plying, more....................... (No materials fee if you use your own fibers)

We are also working on having a few fiber vendors there - dyed batts and top and also alpaca.

Come spin and have a wild day!

Any questions contact Ginny Deppe @ furbunny at earthlink dot net