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Loom and Shuttle Guild

  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.

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Contemporary Indonesian Batik with Agus Ismoyo and Nia Filam. Meet the Artists on Saturday, April 27 at Krimsa Fine Rugs and Decor 2190 Union Street, San Francisco 9:30 AM – 2 PM. Free and open to the Public.

You are invited to join us for a special presentation at 9:45 AM by Nia and Ismoyo of
examples of their art and a discussion of the philosophy behind the formation of their unique pieces. Brahma Tirta Sari means ‘creativity is the source of all knowledge’ and Nia and Ismoyo describe their work this way:” We seek to read the visual texts of traditional Javanese batiks, which are expressions of the knowledge imbued in batik’s cultural heritage and to express it in a contemporary form”. These artists, whose work has been widely exhibited internationally as well as in the US, for example at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., have worked in cooperation with artists
from Australia to Africa to create art pieces that speak the stories of the creators. In addition to showing images of the installation art created for special exhibitions, examples of their work will be available for purchase.

Annual Sinton Lecture: Creating Uncommon Threads with Virginia Davis, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Gyöngy Laky. Saturday, March 9th, 2018 10:00 a.m. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. Admission: Free for current members of the TAC; $5 for students and members of FAMSF; $10 General Admission.

The focus of this year’s Carol Walter Sinton Program for Craft Arts is on the work of three highly regarded Bay Area artists, Virginia Davis, Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Gyöngy Laky, and the commissions each provided to The Box Project: Uncommon Threads. Their works were chosen from a field of international artists by The Cotsen Collection. These were unusual commissions, in that the artist’s contributions were three-dimensional works to be confined in size to either a 14” X 14” X 3” or a 24” X 14” X 3” archival box. The late Lloyd Cotsen was a passionate art collector and philanthropist who acquired objects from around the world that could promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship. The objective of the commission was to encourage fiber artists to explore spatial limitations and to challenge artists who work primarily on a single plane to expand into other geometrics. During the presentation, Virginia, Ana Lisa and Gyöngy will comment on how they reacted as artists to the given set of parameters to create one of a kind works.

Hands on Batik Workshop with the Artists. Sunday, April 28, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Berkeley. $200 plus materials, pre-registration required open to members of TAC
In this one day workshop participants will be given a step by step experience of the batik process. Agus Ismoyo and Nia Filam, noted contemporary artists from Indonesia, will share insights into the history and culture of batik and give an introduction to the equipment and materials used in the process followed by the opportunity to work with both hand drawn (batik tulis) and block print
(batik chop) batik instruments to create individual pieces. The workshop will take place in a private home in Berkeley, details will be given upon registration.

Safeguarding Your Textile Treasures. A Textile Conservation Workshop
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. In the Textile Conservation Lab of the de Young Museum. fee: $75 per person; pre-registration is required
Open to all TAC members plus one guest.  Visit the TAC website for more information.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

A Colorful Hex Plaited Basket Workshop. with Barbara Shapiro
Saturday, May 4, 2019. 9:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. de Young Museum, Wells Fargo classroom.$100 registration fee which includes materials. Open to TAC members.  Visit the TAC website for more information. Space is limited so register early! Deadline to register is April 19, 2019.


University of California at Berkeley Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive,
Berkeley, CA

March 09 – 31, 2019: Fiber and Dye.  Free with Garden Admission.  The 34 acres of the UC Botanical Garden is located in the hills above UC Berkeley, nestled in Strawberry Canyon and overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The Garden is home to over 10,000 different kinds of plants, including many rare and endangered species.  Come view our newly updated, colorful, and tactile exhibit celebrating the world of plant dyes and fibers. While at the Garden, be sure to pick up a copy of: FIBER & DYE PLANTS FROM AROUND THE
WORLD: A Self-Guided Tour – Available at the entrance Kiosk and in the Exhibit.

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. 

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


Tour Opportunities

Curator-Led Tour of Material Domestications at the Museum of Craft and Design with Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski. Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11:30am
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA.
Admission: $25, pre-registration required. Open to Textile Arts Council members plus one guest. Sign up deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

The Material Domestication exhibition, at the Museum of Craft and Design, will feature the work of six contemporary artists who utilize disparate cultural backgrounds as a framework for sculptural explorations invested in skill, material and identity. This exhibition is an investigation of materiality and technique based on slow production and repetitive making. These practices are often rooted in the notion of craft as women’s work. Typical processes include needlework, knitting, weaving and other historical fiber-based techniques. Modular components are stacked, folded, knitted or woven into existence by these artists. The exhibition opens on March 16, 2019. 

Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski will lead a group of TAC members through this exciting
exhibit. The group will adjourn to a nearby restaurant for a no host lunch and continued

 Kimonos Refashioned Tour. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA. March 25, 2019.  Admission: $25 per person, includes museum entrance and tour. Open to members of TAC plus one guest.  Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is Friday, February 22, 2019.  This “tour” is local!!! In the early 1980s, Japanese avant-garde designers took Paris by storm, disrupting the world of haute couture with their minimalist deconstructed clothing. But this was not the first
time that Japanese design principles had transformed international fashion. Instead as Kimono Refashioned reveals, kimono – its materials, forms, techniques and decorative motifs – has inspired designers for more than 150 years.  Featuring over 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, dating from 1870 to today, Kimono Refashioned shows us that kimono continue to be a fertile source for contemporary
designers, both in Japan and across the globe. 

TAC Tour to Los Angeles.  Thursday, April 25th- Sunday, April 28th.  LA is calling our name.  LA in the springtime is all about sunny weather, swaying palm trees and miles and miles of dazzling coastline. The area has so much to offer. Mixed in with iconic sites and Hollywood glamour, LA is home to some of the best museums in the country. And this spring there are several exhibits on display that are designed for textile enthusiasts just like us.

Two of the exhibits that are of particular note are LACMA’s “Power of Pattern:
Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection” and the
Fowler Museum’s “Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria”
also from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection.

With these two exhibits playing a central role, we have created a 4 day, 3 night
museum tour that takes in much of what LA has to offer. Included on the
itinerary are private tours of the Getty Center, the Getty Villa, The FIDM
Museum, LACMA, the Fowler Museum and the Craft in America Center – and
a few other opportunities to round out the experience. If this sounds like a wonderful way to spend a long weekend in the spring, please consider joining us!  For a complete itinerary and registration/payment forms go to   Registration opens February 9th. 

 Tribal Weavings of the Lesser Sunda Islands.  May 02 – 13, 2019,  The remote ikat-weaving islands of eastern Indonesia have one of the most diverse textile cultures on the planet. Hand-woven cloth plays a pivotal role in the cohesion of all these societies, cementing clan alliances through complex gift exchanges, reinforcing tribal loyalties and underpinning the annual cycle of rituals. As some islanders emphasize: ‘without cloth we cannot marry’.  Sadly the encroachment of the modern world means that the number of communities where women still continue to spin their own cotton, prepare their own natural dyes and weave on traditional back-tension looms is limited. Their numbers are dwindling, and within
a generation many could be gone. One of the last remaining strongholds for these textiles are the stunningly beautiful Lesser Sunda Islands, which stretch out eastwards beyond Bali.

Uzbekistan 2019. Textiles, Architecture and Traditions.  Sep 2-16, 2019. Fergana Valley, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva. $3750 double occupancy, $750 single supplement, half board with Salom Travel, Bukhara. For information contact

 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