Kathy: scarf in shadow weave, jaggerspun zypher
Kathy: crackle weave scarf in 3 colors of 20/2 silk.
Gudrun: grey-white scarf with burgundy selvedge in deflected double weave, zephyr
Gail: Honeycomb Variation of Wandering Vine from the Marguerite Porter Davison book in tencel and cotton
John – Placemats in six-shaft spot weave.
This presentation is postponed.
Due to public health concerns, we have canceled our March meeting and will postpone Janette’s presentation on wedge weave to a future date. As the folk dancers say, now is the time to do what we do best, and take care of one another.
What is wedge weave and why is it so much fun? Janette Gross will talk about her growing love for the technique and share some of the many ways it can be played with. Open slits, closed slits, traditional zig zag design, little scalloped edges, big scalloped edges, in combination with other techniques and more. She will also talk about how she develops a design from the initial idea or theme to sketches, color choices, sampling, final project calculations and then what happens on the loom. Pieces of Janette’s and others will be available for touching and discussion. If you have a piece you’ve done, bring it to share.
Ice Break 34 X 27″ – Photo: R. R. Jones
Ice Break and Vanishing Glaciers are currently in the IMPACT show at the Mills Building in San Francisco until mid-March.
Janette began weaving in 2003 after retiring from 30 years of full-time employment in the business world. She fell in love with weaving on a trip to New Mexico with a workshop at the 2002 Taos Wool Festival. She followed up with weaving classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005, she moved to Santa Cruz, California. She sought out and met the well known rug weaver Martha Stanley, who became a dear friend and mentor. For over ten years, she has been weaving at least once a week in Martha’s studio under the redwoods in Watsonville, California. There are now five other weavers who dye yarns in an outdoor dye area and weave together in the studio. The group supports one another through encouragement, critique and friendship.
Janette’s passion for the Navajo (Diné) style of weaving called wedge weave has kept her engaged for many years. She enjoys exploring the many ways she can push wedge weave and yet stay true to the technique. Two of her pieces are currently included in the IMPACT tapestry show at the Mills Building in San Francisco and another has been accepted to the American Tapestry Alliance’s ATB13 to be shown in Massachusetts this summer and at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in the fall.
When she is not traveling or weaving, Janette also derives a lot of pleasure out of working with weavers who are blind or visually impaired. She has been involved in the Santa Cruz guild’s program for the weavers for many years. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild, Tapestry Weavers West, the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Society of America.
February: Black Sheep exhibit at the Redwood City Library!
There’s a small show of items made by guild members at the Redwood City Library during the month of February. A big thank you to Carto for sharing his photos!
Black Sheep Handweavers Guild #BSHG, 2020
February 20-23: Stitches West in Santa Clara
Primarily a knitting conference, also includes classes on other fiber related crafts and plenty of opportunities to grow your stash. https://www.knittinguniverse.com/West2020
March 21 and April 18: Farm Days at Deer Hollow Farm in Cupertino
Come tour the Deer Hollow Farm and meet the new lambs and kids! Admission benefits Deer Hollow Farm. There’s often a local guild spinner or weaver there showing off our craft. http://deerhollowfarmfriends.org/events/
April 3-8 2020: CNCH 2020 in Burlingame
Yearly conference for Northern California Weaving Guilds: tons of classes, vendors, and a whole convention center full of people who speak your language! https://www.cnch.org/conferences/2020-burlingame/
April 25 2020: Homestead Days at Hidden Villa
Sheep Shearing, Sheep to Shawl demos, and so much more! https://mailchi.mp/9ac5ec6ebacd/save-the-date-hidden-villas-homesteading-day
October 1-4 2020: in Dixon
Lambtown is a yearly sheep and wool show; activities include a sheep to shawl competition, fleece judging, and two fabulous vendor halls. https://www.lambtown.org/
Sharolene Brunston’s Towels with Tubular Selvedges
Warp: 10/2 ringspun cotton hand painted as three pre-wound bouts.
Weft: dark forest green 20/2 cotton.
Pattern: advancing twill with doubleweave edges.