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CNCH Retrospective Show and Tell – May 18, 2017

Tonight’s program will be held at Redwood City’s Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center. We’ll gather from 7:00pm and begin the program at 7:30. Even though items begun or even finished at CNCH this year will be showcased, we also have space and time enjoy Show and Tell of every fiber sort from every fiber member. Do come for an enjoyable evening. Refreshments and a short business meeting will conclude the meeting.

We’ll make reservations for dinner at the Redwood Grille, 356 Woodside Rd., Redwood City, at 5:30. It is only a few blocks from the Senior Center and has plenty of parking.

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Fund Raiser Stash and Tools Sale – June 15, 2017

Join us for our annual Fundraiser Stash sale on June 15th at 7:30 pm. We’ll meet at our usual venue, Woodside Community Church in Woodside CA, for the last time.  Clean out those nooks and crannies of that yarn, fiber or equipment you no longer have interest in. Please contribute an item for our Silent Auction if you can. This is fun evening of camaraderie before the summer, Don’t miss it!


Reservations for dinner will be made at Buck’s on Woodside Rd for 5:30 pm. Let’s share nostalgia!

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Sandy Fisher, Chico Cloth – March 16, 2017

Our program this month highlights Sandy Fisher from Chico, CA. Her program will focus on her mission, “The Chico Flax Project”, to bring the flax industry to Northern California, and thus to the United States. She’ll have slides, and dialogue with us on her vision, and offers a hands-on opportunity to experience Brake, Scutch and Hackle flax. She’ll also bring finished linen yard and garments, some of them for sale.

Sandy’s website, at, describes classes she teaches, as well as listing galleries and shows where her work can be found. There is also a section which explains her working principles and values for four different types of fiber art. The bags and handbags section celebrates sustainability, while table mats and runners show off her signature weaving with linen warp, using weft of blended cottons and paper (yes, washable). The Baby Wraps combine traditional twills learned in Scotland, and a unique, personally developed hand dye technique. Pictures below come from her website.

Please remember that doors at our usual venue, Woodside Community Church parish hall, open at 7 for set up and visiting. The program begins at 7:30. Afterwards we’ll have refreshments, Show and Tell, and a short business meeting, this month raising the need for a Nominations Committee for elections for our many service committee options.

Reservations will be made at Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside for 5:30 pm. Sandy and her husband will join us. Y’all come!

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Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs – April 20, 2017

This month we feature Robin Lynde from Meridian Jacobs Wool in Vacaville, CA. She will give her “World of Wool” presentation, which will clue us into the Jacob breed and its fiber characteristics, and how that fits into other types of wool for spinning and weaving. She’ll bring samples of different wools so we can feel how they differ, and roving and fiber for sale from their farm.

Dinner reservations will be made at Buck’s Restaurant on Woodside Road in Woodside at 5:30 pm. Y’all come!

Doors open at our usual venue, Woodside Community Church in Woodside, at 7 pm. The program begins at 7:30 and runs for about an hour. Afterwards we have refreshments and a short business meeting.

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Kim Davis – Jan. 19, 2017

Our regular meeting is held at Woodside Community Church, Woodside Rd in Woodside CA. Doors open at 7pm for set up and conversation. The program starts at 7:30 and lasts about an hour. That is followed by refreshments and a short business meeting.

Our presenter in January, Kim Davis, works at the Lace Museum in San Jose. She will give the program to us that she gave to the BRAIDS conference in 2015. In it she gives some history of how bobbin lace developed, and shows some similarity between loop braiding and bobbin lace. Her personal interest is in wire lace, as you can see in two of the example photos included here.













She brought several examples of her own work to show us as well:

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Carol James – Feb. 16, 2017

Our meeting this month will be held in our usual location, Woodside Community Church on Woodside Rd in Woodside. Dinner reservations will be made at Buck’s in Woodside beginning at 5:30pm; Carol will be there, so do come for conversation. Doors at our meeting place open at 7pm. The program begins at 7:30 and lasts about an hour. Refreshments and a short business meeting will follow.

This month our presenter is Carol James, who is teaching her second Sprang class for Santa Cruz Guild earlier in the month.Carol’s website, features 5 Galleries, each displaying her work in five different types of weaving – finger weaving, sprang, and loom-woven sashes, as well as clothing and accessories and woven art. She has published 2 books, and 4 articles in 2016 alone. She travels worldwide to speak at conferences and to teach. Her website also contains FREE VIDEOS showing in detail how to do finger weaving and sprang.

Here are pictures of many of the items she passed around during her talk for our closer viewing, followed by the pictures originally posted:


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Laverne Waddington – Oct. 20, 2016 – location Vets’ Senior Ctr RWC

Laverne titles her program for us “Woven Structures in South American Textiles”.  She promises to walk us  through the various woven structures she has encountered while learning to weave in South America.  “I’ll show examples of how I have used these in my own work on the backstrap loom”, she writes.

She elaborates, “Simple looms do not necessarily mean simple textiles. Weavers in South America use rustic looms to create complex cloth employing a wide variety of techniques using complementary-warp structures and both supplementary warps and weft. Even plain-weave textiles are not in any way “plain” when incorporating ikat or finished with intricate knotted fringes, colorful joining stitches and tubular edgings.”


Our program will be different from Laverne’s workshop (doubleweave, a structure commonly used in South America which fell into disuse but in recent years was revived by Jennifer Moore), held the previous weekend at Ruth’s house. The workshop there is full but more details will be posted.

The meeting location will be VETERANS’ MEMORIAL SENIOR CENTER, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, an alternate site we have used several times in the past. The doors will be opened for us by 7pm. Our program will start at 7:30 pm. Refreshments and a short business meeting will follow the program.

Reservations will be made for 5:30 pm for the pre-meeting dinner at a restaurant new to us but highly recommended – Redwood Grill, at 356 Woodside Rd in Redwood City. It is only a 6 minute neighborhood drive from the meeting location, and it offers a variety of menu choices as well as parking and accessibility.

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Timeless Treasures – Nov. 17, 2016

Our program this month will be a Members’ Show and Tell, in which each person who attends is invited to bring one fiber object which has been important to your life. Certainly it can be created by someone else and gifted to you or inherited by you, and sentimental value is just as important as artistic merit. Please be mindful of the number of people present who want to share during our normal hour of program, and limit your explanations accordingly.

For instance, during the summer Joan brought in a special quilt:


Our meeting location is the familiar Parish Hall at Woodside Community Church. Doors will be opened by 7pm. Program runs 7:30-8:30, approximately, and we’ll have a short business meeting as well as normal Show and Tell after refreshments.

Dinner reservations will be made at Buck’s on Woodside Road for 5:30 pm.

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Programs – 2016-2017

1.  Sept. 15, 2016 – Tien Chiu – Book Signing – “Master Your Craft”

2.  Oct. 20, 2016 – Laverne Waddington – program To Be Announced

3.  Nov. 17, 2016 – Members – Timeless Treasures

4.  Dec. 15, 2016 – Holiday Party – Potluck and Presents

5.  Jan. 19, 2017 – Kim Davis –

6.  Feb. 16, 2017 – Carol James – Sprang

7.  March 16, 2017 – Sandy Fisher – Chico Cloth

8. April 20, 2017 – Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs Wool

9.  May 18, 2017 – CNCH Show and Tell

10.  June 15, 2017 – Sale and Raffle

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First Fall Program – Tien’s New Book and Signing! – Sept 15, 2016

Our web mistress has published a new book, Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making and Selling Artisan Work. This book helps beginning and intermediate crafters create award-winning work by outlining a powerful creative process, then offering advice through each step. It also provides an introduction to design – visual, functional, and practical – to jumpstart you on your journey to mastery.

Insights from 22 master artisans appear throughout the book, across a broad range of media: glassworking, metalworking and jewelrymaking, woodworking, and of course textiles! Textile artisans include surface design artists John Marshall and Ana Lisa Hedstrom; tapestry weavers Archie Brennan, Susan Martin Maffei, and Tommye Scanlin; felter Andrea Graham; and milliner Wayne Wichern. Many of these artisans have also been Black Sheep program speakers!

Tien will show and tell us about it at our first meeting, Sept. 15, as well as have plenty of copies for purchase and signing. (If you can’t wait until Sept. 15, you can order the book from her at .)

Master Your Craft - Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work

Reservations will be made at Buck’s Restaurant for dinner at 5:30 pm and you can come unannounced, Buck’s is happy to accommodate us. (We have “our own waiter”!)

The meeting will be held IN THE CHAPEL, to the east of the community room we usually use at Woodside Community Church on Woodside Rd. Door opens at 7 pm, program runs 7:30-8:30 pm, followed by refreshments and a short business meeting. Y’all come!


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