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Loom and Shuttle Guild

 Program  for the regular guild meeting.  February 2, 2019.  Giovanna Imperia, Weaving with Unusual Materials.  Followed by an afternoon seminar which extends the topic, $10 fee for participants.

 Wendy Garrity, Kushutara.  April 4 & 5, 2019 Workshop. In this workshop, Wendy Garrity will introduce students to sapma and thrima, the supplementary weft
techniques used to create kushutara, the sumptuous single-faced brocade used for women’s festival dresses in Bhutan. Participants will explore traditional Bhutanese motifs and begin to combine the 5 basic stitches to weave these motifs and to experiment with their own designs. Wendy learned from and wove alongside master weavers during a year living in Bhutan, and shares techniques not documented in the few books published on Bhutanese textiles. She has adapted the techniques executed on the Bhutanese backstrap loom to the shaft loom in order to share them with western weavers. Participants will have the opportunity to examine samples of Bhutanese kushutara cloth and learn to identify how different patterns are created, to enable them to continue their own explorations after the workshops.  Participants will also have the opportunity to converse with Wendy about her experiences living in Bhutan, attending festivals, teaching in schools, weaving alongside locals, and travelling the country to research and learn the weaving techniques.
Although kushutara is woven in Bhutan with a pickup stick and fine silk yarns, participants will learn using more substantial yarn that can be manipulated with the fingers, increasing the ground we can cover during this workshop.   $175 + $30 materials fee.  Non-members $200.00 + $30.00 material fee.  Limited to 12 participants.  Workshop to be held in our regular meeting space at St. John’s UCC.  Full fee required to required to reserve a space.  Contact Lucinda at sunsetsf at

 Program for regular guild meeting.  April 6, 2019  : Wendy Garrity, Woven Textiles of Bhutan.  Having always taken any opportunity to learn local textile techniques as she travelled, in 2011 Wendy Garrity found herself presented with an unexpected and unique opportunity during a year teaching music in Bhutan: a backstrap loom in a workshop of Bhutanese weavers with a master weaver assigned to teach her kushutara, or Bhutanese brocading. “For 8 months, I wove next to master weavers before and after school, learning without common language. These women became my Bhutanese family as we wove and sang together, drank butter tea, snacked on popped rice, and laughed and cried and joked using mime and the few words of English and Sharchop we had in common.” Wendy will take us on a journey through the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, focussing on the unique
Bhutanese woven textiles, and share stories of learning from weavers in tiny villages in Lhuentse as well as weaving alongside master weavers in the capital of Thimphu. She reveals details that are not found in the handful of books published on Bhutanese textiles: how the intricate brocaded kushutara stitches are executed.

Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts

Kathe Todd-Hooker – Lecture and Workshop.  February 6th – 9th, 2019.
We need three more signups to make it a “go”.
Workshop is appropriate for beginning to intermediate tapestry weaving. Don’t
miss this opportunity! Looms are available to rent and/or instructions for making an inexpensive tapestry loom can be provided.  Deadline for registration is January 6th, 2019.  Call Ellen LaBruce with any questions: 707-938-1993.
Click on this link for class details and to register:

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Empowering Threads: Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.  Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Windrush Fiber School  2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952   (707)  775-3390

Spring 2019 Classes:

Fleece to Garment Series | January to May | times vary –

*Students must be beg/intermediate spinners or have taken the fall classes to be admitted into the series.

This exciting class series offers the unique opportunity to go from fleece to finished garment. The series provides a wonderful way to learn the process hands-on, have personal instructions, a community of other fiber enthusiasts to be around, and set deadlines to help complete your project (we all have a few unfinished projects in the closet).

This class is designed to challenge intermediate and  advanced spinners with the adventure of choosing a fleece, preparing it for spinning, discovering the merits of that fleece, and finally matching it to a garment design.  Students in this class must be able to spin a continuous thread and know how to knit or crochet.  We offer beginning and intermediate spinning classes in the fall for those needing to learn or improve their spinning skills in order to take this class. 

January 26th, Saturday, 10am to 3pm – Shearing and Fleece selection – Students will see the shearing, pick their fleece, and then learn about parts of the fleece, how to skirt, and how to match the qualities of that fleece to a garment. 

February 3rd, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Scouring Fleeces & Beginning Design Discussion – We begin the process by learning how to scour (wash) the fleece in the class.  We will examine a variety of knitted samples in different needle sizes and look at different prepping to begin to plan the design of the garment.  We will have 3 different designs to choose for your garment.

February 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Prepping Fleeces –Spinning with curls, spinning woolen, or spinning semi-worsted are techniques that have different effects in the finished garment.  What works best for the fleece?  Will you card or spin from the lock?  We look at how the prepping of the fleece influences the design of the garment. You will learn to card.

March 3rd, Saturday, 10am to 2pm – Open Studio – This is an unsupervised open studio day for students to use Windrush Farm’s carding equipment.

March 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Designing Your Yarn – Start spinning your roving or washed fleece into yarn.  Try curls, fleece carded for woolen spun or worsten spun, combed fleece, flick carded lock spinning, or look to novelty spinning for special accents. If you have a chance, bring in a gauge swatch.

April 7th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Project In Process – Bring in your in-progress project.  Are you stuck? Need encouragement and feedback?  This class will share all the projects and offers specialized help for completion of the garment.

May 5th, Sunday, 10am to 4pm – Spin In & Fashion Show – This is a great way to end the class. Hang out for the day spinning and knitting in the morning. After a yummy pot luck lunch everyone will show off their projects, no matter how far along. This is open to all spinners, knitters, and friends.

$550 for the whole series (includes fleece) Taught by Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart.

Registration/Payment: Eventbrite

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

An Opportunity to Buy Mayan Textiles.  Jolom Mayaetik textiles, Nov 30, Dec 1, Dec 2, 2018. Fr0m Charlene Woodcock.  From the Maya weavers’ cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, backstrap loom handwoven 100% cotton huipiles, tapestries in a range of sizes, shawls, scarves, pillows, table runners, tea towels, tablecloths, cotton and wool bags and purses, including tiny vegetable-dyed wool coin purses from Chamula.  Friday November 30 evening reception, 7 to 9 PM and Saturday December 1, 10 AM to 5 PM at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street in Berkeley.  December 2 at my home in Berkeley, 10 AM to 5 PM, 2355 Virginia Street, Berkeley. Since the November 11 Ethnic Textile Bazaar sponsored by the de Young Textile Arts Council in San Francisco,  I have a new shipment of huipiles and shawls.  Cash or checks only. All proceeds go to the cooperative.


Tour Opportunities

Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and beyond: Ethnic dress, weaving, dyeing among the hill

PeruAndean Textile Arts:  contact tinkuy2013 at
Textile/Folk Art Market tours:

Japan, France and India:  Yoshiko Wada and Slow Fiber Studio Tours