Join us on January 19th at 12:30pm
in the Community Room of the Monterey Public Library for our monthly supply of fiber and fellowship. This month our focus
is on finishing your beautiful woven projects. We will watch a video by Laura Fry titled “Wet Finishing for Weavers”.
Wet-finishing is the process that turns weaving into cloth. Handwoven threads need water and motion to open them up, flatten
them out, move them into place, or shrink them into the fabric that you intend them to be. After the video we will talk about
additional ways to finish your woven projects; fringe treatments, pressing, drying methods and more. Bring your own techniques,
books, and finishing methods to share. We'll see you there!
Thrums, thrums and more thrums. Thrums are loom waste.
They are strands of beautiful left over warp bits that are left on the loom after your project is completed. Come to
our February meeting, Friday the 16th and Leelyn will instruct us on how to use those lovely leftovers. We'll make tassels.
Tassels can be attached to zippers, small scissors, a bookmark and little gifts. In addition, we will be in training
for our tassel marathon. Convergence Goody bags will include our Carmel Crafts Guild tassels. It will be terrific
to have our guild represented at Convergence in Reno in July in the Goody bags that each participant will receive upon registration.
There will also be a completion of the "Wet Finishing for Weavers" meeting from
January. Susan and friends will discuss how to finish weaving that will become pieces of clothing plus the all important
fringe twisters for scarves, shawls, wraps, etc. Everyone is welcome and we always love new faces. Please join
us at the libary Community Room.
There is so much going on at our guild meeting this month. The
mini workshop opportunity will be given by Judy and she'll teach us how to make shawl pins for our wonderful handwoven and
knitted scarves and shawls. We'll also be discussing our Holiday Gift Exchange ideas and voting on our Logo. Did
you make tassels for Convergence, bring them to add to our collection. Take time out of your day to join us. We
always have fun!
April 20th - Lecture
on Tablet Weaving April 21st - Tablet Weaving Workshop and
April 28th Repeat Workshop on Tablet Weaving
Our April Guild meeting will be a lecture by Joan Near on tablet weaving. In
addition, we will have two workshops in beginning tablet weaving with Joan.
She is very knowledgeable on the topic of tablet weaving and a clear,
concise and interesting teacher. On Saturday the 21st, Joan will teach the first
class of 8 beginners and one or two intermediate tablet weavers
and the 2nd class will repeat the first class for those who could not participate on the 21st. The overwhelming sign up for the first class necessitated the additional class. If you are interested
in either class please contact Dawn, our workshop coordinator. You can find her email address on the Members Only page.
If you are not a member of Carmel Crafts Guild please contact President, Judy Earp, 831-521-9304. This is going
to be a great lecture and class so don't delay if you'd like to join us. Slots for the class are going quickly.
May 18th - Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braid-making
Kumihimo, an interlacement of cords and ribbons, will be explored with our CCG member and presenter,
Michael Hattori. Michael has studied kumihimo for many years including a period in Japan learning from the masters.
We are so honored to have this opportunity to explore this beautiful braiding technique with Michael and hope you will
make every effort to attend the meeting this Friday. As ususal, we will have a brief business meeting and Show and Tell.
So bring your latest fiber creations to share. We'll see you at the Monterey Public Library, Community Room from
12:30 to 3:00. Light snacks will be provided.
15th and 16th - Dye Days are Here
Every year during the summer we participate
in Dye Days. It comes in two parts. Our General Meeting on the 15th will feature our favorite dyer Susan E. and
techniques that will be easy, requiring no heat and will successfully dye your non protein yarns. On Saturday, June
16th, we'll travel to Robin's house in the Valley to dye our favorite cotton, silk and linen skeins, etc. in dye baths and
squirt bottles that we'll share. Plus, we will have lunch together while the magic happens in the pots. So, bring
your material for dyeing, a lunch, your hats and sunscreen and we'll have a great day together. Robin has already sent
you an extensive list of items to bring and requests that we RSVP her. All information is in the newsletter this month
and has been sent to the members via email. We will see you there!
July 20th - Convergence Review
has come and gone. We will share our experiences with our fellow guild members. There will be short reviews of
the many class choices and what we learned. Convergence is a national convening of weavers who participate in
HGA (Handweavers Guild of America). Top weavers from around the country and world come together to participate in Fashion
Shows and Exhibits. Plus, the classes in various fiber topics are top notch. You won't want to miss this review because
it will get your creative juices flowing.
County Fair is coming our way in a few months. Aug. 30th - Sept. 3, 2018 are the dates to put
on your calendar. Now is the time to start preparing your handwovens for entry into the Fair judging events. Don't forget
to spin those skeins of yarn, knit a sweater or tatt those earrings. You will have so much fun anticipating
your Blue Ribbons.
Important Date Change: Meeting
on Aug. 24th 12:30 - 3:00.
The General Guild meeting
which normally meets on Aug. 17th has been changed to Aug. 24th and will be held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds Weaving
Show. This is the 1st day of "Set Up". Bring your hammer, pliers, small nails and large, and anything
else you think of to hang Exhibit items and decorations. We are also accepting Exhibit items which should be marked
with your name. Any fiber or fabric handmade item, equipment used while producing handmade items, books, yarns, fibers,
etc. are appreciated for the exhibit also. Members please look for emails that will be specific about display items,
volunteer hours, Set Up, and Take Down. See you at the 2018 Monterey County Fair, "Shake Your Tail Feathers"!