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!
20th - Lecture on Tablet Weaving April 21st - Tablet Weaving Workshop
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
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.
June 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
Convergence 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.
Date Change: Meeting on Aug. 24th 12:30 - 3:00.
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.
August 30th - Sept. 3rd
"Shake Your Tail Feathers" Come to the Monterey County Fair. We always have a wonderful
time together. It's all about fiber and fabric at the Carmel Crafts Guild Monterey County Fair Exhibition. Look
for us at the Weaving Show.