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Lolli’s Textile Art History class

Wow – what an amazing start to the class yesterday afternoon.  So many wonderful slides showing how textiles have been made through the millenniums and their various purposes.  Long lost cultures being discovered via global warming and the melting of glaciers.  We are in an interesting age.   Single classes are $30 each and the entire 14 (13 left) weeks for $250.  

Earliest direct proof of weaving yet known: impressions of textiles from Jarmo, in northeastern Iraq, ca. 7,000 BCE  Both plain weave and basket weave.  Since textiles disintegrate in air over time, those surviving are found in desert burials, bogs, lakes and bays with deep mud, caves, and glaciers.  Many ancient cultures mummified their ancestors and buried them in/with contemporary textiles that have been preserved in these various “tombs”.

Why were textile made?  sticks woven together for housing … felted wool yurts in Mongolia … bedouin tents … used for insulation during the middle ages with space between wall and large tapestries in castles allowing for the servants to walk between and providing a bit of warmth … clothing for cold … clothes for modesty … clothes that indicate marital or social status … clothes that identify their wearer’s place of origin or membership in a community … occupation … “tools” for hunting … for comfort (bedding, rugs, furniture, etc) … transportation (rope suspension bridges) or carrying or containing …  made for festivities, ceremonies, life cycle celebrations … banners and flags … trade / economics.

So many reason
So many beautiful expressions
So many symbols with significance

And before a textile can come into existence there needs to be proficiency in creating the raw material – yarn / string.  So spinning started many years prior.  And natural dyeing was done throughout the centuries – synthetic dyes only “discovered” in 1856.

Looking forward to next week:  Fibers … so many many of them

First meeting of New Year is … amazingly now the 4th Sat: January 25th

Lowell Kline  “A Guy and His Lace –
– what’s he wearing under that? ……..

11 am to noon in the Pacific Textile Arts classroom followed by workshop in Tatting  through Pacific Textile Arts. Set next post.

Business Meeting starts at 10 am and socializing around 9:30 … Come One , Come All !!

2 day/9 hour TATTING workshop @ PTA

Tatting workshop with Lowell Kline (speaker at MCHG January meeting 1-11-14)

Sat Jan 25: 1:30 to 4:30
Sun Jan 26; 9:30 to 4:30

Tuition $150 if 3 to 5 students, $125 if 6 or more.
Send $50 deposit to Pacific Textile Arts 450 Alger St. Fort Bragg, Ca. 95437

Sat 14th: December Holiday Potluck and Boutique

We are meeting early again this month since Christmas comes before the 4th Saturday and we are hopeful the boutique will bring in some guild funding (15% of sales goes to guild) as well as provide you with a few stocking stuffers or gifts for friends and family.

We will eat around noon so come early to Pacific Textile Arts 450 Alger St with a potluck item to share and any items you might like to put into the MCHG boutique … those fiber and craft items that you didn’t put into the PTA Holiday Sale Gallery.

Starting around 9:30 there will be drinks and nibbles so you can socialize and shop in both the guild boutique and the PTA Holiday Gallery.

Also note that the January meeting will also NOT BE THE 4th SATURDAY —  Save JANUARY 11, 2014  for program by local lace maker, Lowell Kline.  Afternoon workshop on tatting will be held through PTA.

Some great textiles were available at Nov meeting


Really enjoyed Charles Galatis and his Mimbres Valley collection.   The two items I brought home with me were a great bag that Diana shared with me as she had the last 2 and a lovely ikat tablecloth.  FAB !!

Elizabeth summed it up: “Charles was a fun presenter. There was a great turnout and lots of purchasing. He brought out his first weaving which he took down from his Mom’s home after moving her to a care facility. It is nice to see a vendor who has actually woven themselves.”

mimbre valley bag              mimbre valley ikat  

MCHG November 23rd meeting at PTA

We aretextile from India again meeting on the 4th Saturday this month.  Business Meeting at 10am and program at 11.   We will be hosting Charles Galatis who will be bringing some lovely textiles from his collection.   His enterprise (Mimbres Valley Imports)  carries unique handcrafted products. 

The Mimbres Valley textile collection was born out of a deep respect and long-standing appreciation for the eccentricities and one-of-a-kind nature of things that are handcrafted.

 In a world where mass production has become the norm, five years ago we set out to present the work of the finest textile artists and craftsman from India and SE Asia. This has led to the pursuit of traditional and vintage textiles, but more importantly, the contemporary re-interpretation of age-old technique’s and motifs.

We have a keen interest in sustainable materials, including natural, plant-based dyes, organic cotton, flax, nettle and wild silk.  In addition to presenting traditional hand-woven and block-printed textiles, we are strongly focused on expanding the horizons of various tie-dye techniques such as Bandhani, Shibori (clamp and dip dying).   

Charles Galatis, owner, was a fledgling ceramicist when he enrolled in a weaving class many years ago at Goddard College in Vermont.  This limited training in traditional hand weaving sparked an ongoing love affair with hand–crafted textiles. In 2009, inspired by a long-delayed return visit to N. India, he founded Mimbres Valley with the simple premise of only producing and presenting work that is handcrafted.

Bandhani is a type of tie-dye practiced mainly in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat, India. The term bandhani is derived from the Sanskrit word banda (“to tie“).

October Pgm Thursday night Oct 24 !!!!

r-owenA change in the usual schedule allows us the opportunity to see and hear Rodrick Owen at Jackie’s Hen House Studio.  Kumihimo open house, potluck and program starts at 6pm.  29863 Madsen Lane

Rodrick is here for Pacific Textile Arts Kumihimo Festival workshop Oct 21-25

CNCH 2014 announced …

CNCH 2014 registration opens on-line on Nov. 1 at 9AM.   Booklet
Scholarship registration form due Nov. 1

Scholarship Raffle 2014 Items needed from Guild — Make something out of your scraps

using scraps as embellishment

using scraps as embellishment

September 26, 2013, Posted by Web Manager on CNCH.ORG

You have all heard of getting something from nothing and making a silk purse from a sow’s ear. Basically, it’s making something wonderful–or at least nice– out of scraps that might normally be thrown away.
Since we are all fiber artists, we all have scraps. The pieces left after cutting out a garment, the thrums lefts after you’ve thrown the shuttle the last time in a warp, even the short curlicues from a fleece you have just spun. We don’t throw these things away because we might find a use for them.

thrum scarf

thrum scarf


Perhaps you accidentally threw your beautiful sweater into the washer and the dryer. You’ll never wear it again, but you can’t throw it out. Or how about that expensive outfit that you bought because you fell in love with the fabric. It never fit and you never wore it. Now is the time to look hard at your collected leftovers and figure out how they can be up-cycled and, maybe, beautiful again.

notebook and journal covers

notebook and journal covers


For this year’s scholarship moneymaker, we are asking each of you to make something – clever, fun, cute and/or wonderful – with your leftovers and scraps and donate it for the Scholarship Raffle. All entries will be displayed and all of us will be able to vote for our favorites with raffle tickets. After the voting, a raffle ticket will be pulled for each item and that lucky person will be the proud owner of a wonderful creation.

For other ideas, refer to back issues of CNCHnet. There are crafty articles in Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2010, fall 2011, Summer 2012 and Summer 2013.


AdrianeOpening Oct. 4, 5-8 pm, ADRIANE NICOLAISEN will present an exhibit of intricate textiles from her studies at University of Pennsylvania, entitled “Finding Art in the Industrial Weaving Process: My Masters Thesis on Sheer Fabrics and the Struggle to Keep my Fabrics Alive.”  She will do an introductory program for the Mendocino Coast Handweavers Guild, Sept. 28, 11am, at PTA.