Sprang garment by Carol James
Carol James – April 2020

The April 1st meeting and lecture have been cancelled. We will be attempting an online alternative, with details to be announced.


Lecture: What is sprang, and how has it been used in the past?

Sprang is an ancient method for creating a variety of textile structures. This lecture will describe the way sprang works through diagrams, live demonstration, and touchable samples. The presentation will feature a series of images of sprang through history, from the bronze age in Scandinavia, through ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt, and visiting Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The technique was all but lost with industrialization. The speaker is adamant that we need to revisit this most adaptable textile method.

Carol James has been playing with strings since childhood. In the 1990s she fell into the grip of a special braiding technique called sprang. Ever since, she has been researching and exploring the varied possibilities of this textile method. She has visited examples in numerous museums, and attempted replicas of those examples. Her replica work lead to the invention of a pattern-writing system which she shares with students and on-line followers. She is the author of 3 books, and now 2 DVDs. She is the keynote speaker for this year’s CNCH Conference on April 3-5, 2020. spranglady.com

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Linda’s finished twice-woven rug
Linda Hartig – January 2020

Twice-Woven Rugs

Guild Challenge Lecture and Demonstration by Linda Hartig

January 3, 2020, at 11 am (during the Guild meeting)
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-guild members are welcome.

Linda Hartig, a new guild member, has been weaving for 10 years, but has much more time for this passion now that she has retired to Sebastopol. While her early training was in detailed pattern weaves, she is now branching out to colors, textures and representational works inspired by West County teachers Marta Shannon and Nadine Sanders.

Wonder what to do with that ever-growing stash of yarn or fabric that is too good to throw away, but there is not enough left for a project? Do you hang on to your thrums, but don’t know what to do with them? RGFA guild member, Linda Hartig, has a suggestion: Put a widely-spaced warp on a loom and use your stash and/or thrums to create your own chenille. Then, using the same warp, weave the chenille “caterpillars” into a mat or rug!

In this program, Linda will discuss materials, show examples, and demonstrate the process. There will be a loom set up with a weave-twice project so you can see for yourself what an easy stash-busting weave this is. And the result can be gorgeous!

Let’s kick off the new year by using up some of that stash. It will feel great! And then share your finished projects at the show and tell at future guild meetings.

Guild members are invited to bring any twice-woven pieces in their collections to share with the group. Non-guild members are welcome.

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Extreme Warp Makeover with Robyn Spady
Robyn Spady – November 2020

Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her great-grandmother. Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for over 40 years. She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.

Lecture: Gizmos & Gadgets for Better Weaving (description below)
November 4 at 11:00am, during the guild meeting
Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-Guild Members welcome.

Workshop: Extreme Warp Makeover (description below)
November 5-6, 2020
Cotati Community Center, 201 West Sierra Avenue, Cotati, in the Copeland Classroom (map)

Workshop for guild members: $180 plus $15 Materials fee
Workshop for non guild members: $215 plus $15 Materials fee

For more information contact, Linda Chaffin, lindachaffin2@me.com

$195.00$230.00 Select options
Konocti Twilight by Sheila O'Hara
Sheila O’Hara – March 2020

Lecture: Jacquard Handweaving – One Thread at a Time

March 4 at 11 am (during guild meeting)
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-guild members are welcome.

Sheila O’Hara of Lake County, CA, has pursued a career in textiles since her graduation from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, in 1976 with a BFA. Her innovative and often humorous tapestries have gained international attention. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and is in many public, private and museum collections including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Denver Art Museum. Currently she travels to give lectures and workshops and also offers ongoing weaving classes in her home studio. More info about Sheila O’Hara can be found at www.sheilaohara.com.

Lecture Description: Handweaving has become the beneficiary of the computer age as the dream of individual thread control becomes more accessible. Handweavers, thrilled with computer assisted dobby looms, are now also searching out jacquard hand looms for their explorations. Enjoy an informative and entertaining lecture about Sheila O’Hara’s textile art and its development on a variety of looms. The slide presentation will cover design, commissions and inspiration.

Sheila O’Hara’s unique 4 warp twill structure enabled her to create lush surface textures on a countermarche loom starting in 1976 and then on an AVL compudobby loom from 1984-2003. Complex color combining enhanced the imaginary landscapes in her twill tapestries.
From 2000 to 2006, Sheila rented time on 2 jacquard hand looms in Berkeley. This enabled her to create limited editions of jacquard tapestries in complex weaves inspired by her new Lake County country side setting. O’Hara will show how the development of her imaginative textiles opened doors for her to work as a short term consultant for a Ribbon Company in Cairo in 2006.

She was also invited to attend a symposium at the Lisio Foundation in Florence, Italy, in 2007. At Lisio they teach classes and also weave amazing brocade and velvet fabrics on old jacquard hand looms. In 2008 Sheila was given an AVL jacquard hand loom with 672 hooks thanks to the generosity of Mim Wynne. O’Hara’s work on the jacquard hand loom included her classic Flockettes, lush landscapes, a series of jacquard tapestries inspired by Edward Curtis photographs of Native American Indians and the last series that included some of her imaginary landscapes again. She was thrilled to weave at home and explore the myriad possibilities this new technology offered her until 2017. She has now returned to the creative challenges of designing weavings using her 1984 AVL 16 shaft compudobby loom.

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