Creative Endeavors Study Group

Date/Time:  2nd Saturday of each month, 10 AM – noon
Location:      Emerald Hills

Joyce and Patt with Show n tell

Joyce and Patt with Show n tell

This study group is open to all guild members. We experiment with all different fiber arts from spinning, weaving, dyeing, jewelry and paper making.

Plans for 2018 (subject to change):

  • January 6 – crimp weave – NOTE: This is deliberately the FIRST Saturday of the month.
  • February 10 – needle felting
  • March 10 – dye and steam January project
  • April 14 – tapestry (tentative)
  • May 12 – Inkle weaving with Ruth
  • June 9 – marbling (dye)
  • July 14 – paper making – Marilyn (Los Altos)
  • August 11 – Dorset buttons (Betsy’s house)
  • September 8 – alcohol ink ornaments (Patt)
  • October 13 – eco dye
  • November 10 – transparency/leaf/rose path (Teddie)
  • December 8 – holiday brunch & planning


  • January 7* Tapestry weaving
  • February 11 Felting (bring thrums)
  • March 11 Silk fusion (bring thrums)
  • April 8 Ice dying (bring shirts; consider ordering rayon shawls – Dharma)
  • May 13 Indigo dying and clamping
  • June 10 Solar printing (on paper? on fabric?)
  • July 8 Dying with wood chips
  • August 12 Field trip to Dharma
  • September 9 Watch videos at Barbara’s
  • October 14 Mud dying
  • November 11 Dying with pine cones
  • December 9 Holiday potluck, show & tell, and planning for 2018


Jan – v-shaped shawl
Feb – silk painting
Mar – dyeing fibers for felting
Apr – felting
May – dyeing with soy wax resist, solar dyeing with resist, sun dyeing with cyrro
Jun – saori weaving, pin weaving
Jul – bring your UFOs to work on – especially those from previous study group sessions – but any will be fine.
Aug – ice dyeing at Betsy’s house
Sept – pin weaving at Betsy’s house
Oct – woven book covers/place mats using items from garden – HW May/Jun 2015
Nov – dyeing warp and weft for weaving project
Dec – planning meeting and potluck


  • January: We will make small, post-card sized, embellished cards.
  • February: 1st part of a 3-part activity – combining weaving and knitting in a garment.   Maryanne will also show us her method of combining knitting and weaving on a knitting loom.
  • March: warping with multiple colors, Gloria-method
  • April: leaf patterning using bleach solution & rust staining/transfer on cloth for garments .
  • May: 2nd part of combining weaving and knitting – working on project.
  • June: surface printing techniques.
  • August: Field trip to Tech. Shop.
  • September: Meeting cancelled.
  • October: Spinning – different ways to combine yarns into thicker yarns.
  • November: 3rd part of combining weaving and knitting – knitting portion.
  • December:  Social potluck and planning for 216.


  • January : Patt led us in more Kumihimo braiding, including flat braids and a new button closure technique.
  • February: We will be making bags for the CNCH 2014 guild display.
  • March: Try out some Anita Mayer techniques.
  • April: Silk reeling.
  • May: Time to do some dyeing! Natural dyes.
  • June: Glass making in Half Moon Bay.
  • July: Ice dyeing with Sue Hans.
  • August: Weaving workshop with Teresa Ruch.
  • September:  Time to dye!  We will paint yarn/fabric.
  • October and November:  Our topic will be felting.
  • December:  We will have our annual holiday potluck brunch and planning for 2015 activities!

Photos from past activities

Gloria’s wall hangings – seen on a field trip

Gloria’s wall hanging

Cookie introduced us to Saori weaving

Cooke starting the Saori weaving demo

Cooke starting the Saori weaving demo

Cookie weaving in the Saori technique

Cookie weaving in the Saori technique

Andrea weaving using the Saori technique

Andrea weaving using the Saori technique

Making twining looms

Warping in progress

Warped loom




Painted loom

Joyce shows her customized painted loom. Some people have many talents!

Andrea at the drill – making twining looms

Contact the group

For more information or to join, contact Betsy Blosser. (Contact information in the Membership Directory.)