General Meeting, Saturday, November 7, 2020
"Uzbekistan Ikat Textiles" Challenge
Zoom Virtual Meeting
DHSG General Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Guest lecturer's video presentation to start at 11:00 am
Marilyn Romatka's focus in textiles is through living folk art crafts. She teaches a wide variety of approaches, the common thread being techniques that are deep-rooted in a culture from around the world. The techniques she teaches have all survived the ‘test of time’. She believes she has the best job in the world as she travels to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then returns to the US to teach enthusiastic students!
The program she will be presenting to the Guild will be about Uzbekistan ikat textiles. She also leads Tours for Weavers to Uzbekistan. If any of our members are interested in hearing more about this, we will collect those email addresses to receive further information..
Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
2020 - November President's Message
Don’t you just love yarn? I do, and I remember loving it from an early age. I loved going to the yarn shop with my Mom, loved making string art in margarine tubs, loved going to Straw Into Gold in Berkeley with my Aunt Dot where they had a warehouse sized space filled with color. It really is magical how it looks different in every form it takes, single strand to skein to ball to knit to woven, with those last two having infinite variety of appearances depending on the stitch or weave structure. I really enjoy having all that magic pass through my hands when I am spinning, winding a warp, winding a ball of yarn, winding a shuttle. There is something about it that brings me joy and connects me with the land, with my family, with our ancestors throughout history, and with all of you.
To continue one little saga, I did finish plying about 750 yards of the handspun that I showed you last newsletter. I have probably another four to five hundred yards of singles of two of the plys, but am about to run out of the blue ply. Now what? Time to spin a different color to ply and make a coordinating yarn. What will I do with it? Who knows, but I’m sure it will let me know when the project is right.
Speaking of yarn, our summer challenge was to try something new and I decided to make yarn on my loom. I made chenille with a simple plain weave base structure. Time consuming? Yes. Messy? Yes. Fun? Yes. I wanted all that fluff under foot, so I wove a rug in Krokbragd. It is so thick and luscious!
DH&SG Member Off the Shelf Holiday Party
Monday, December 7, 2020
7:00 p.m. via Zoom
What is an Off-the-Shelf Party?
Each year, members gather to exchange gifts under the tree that are handmade from items lying around. Members are encouraged to use something off the shelf, or existing in their stash, to create a small gift to exchange. Members wrap their gifts and place them under the tree. Everyone draws a number and each person gets a turn to select a gift from under the tree or take a gift from someone else that has already opened a gift ahead of them. A gift can only be “stolen” two times. It’s third giftee is safe and the gift cannot be taken away. It is lots of fun!
How will we run the gift exchange at the virtual party?
Everyone joining that completes the prerequisites, has a gift to exchange, and agrees to complete the physical exchange after the party can participate in the exchange. However, you don’t have to bring a gift in order to participate in the party and watch the fun. Everyone is welcome. In short, gift exchange participants will receive a randomly drawn number and take turns selecting a wrapped gift image from an on-screen slide. The gift will be virtually opened, so they can see the picture(s) of the gift. The next person can open a new gift or take a gift from someone else (with the rule that an item can only be taken twice).
What are the prerequisites?
Before the event, each participant will need to submit a picture or pictures of their item and a picture of the wrapped gift, or any wrapped gift, or something with a wrapping essence that will be enticing to the participants (this will be another outlet for your creativity!). Send these to Laura Herriott at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5th. At the party, Laura will show a numbered slide showing the wrapped gifts “under the tree” that are available for selection. Each virtually wrapped gift will be linked to the picture(s) of the gift.
What will happen at the virtual party?
Anyone joining the meeting will join using a Zoom link, If you are participating in the exchange, you will receive a randomly assigned number indicating which order you will select your gift.
What is required after the virtual party?
Those that want to participate in the gift exchange will need to arrange to get their gift to the recipient within a week after the party.
Questions? Give us a shout at email@example.com. Looking forward to getting our holiday party on!