April Guild Meeting

“A Life in Fiber….50 years of Entanglements

Our guest speaker this month is Susan Venable; she will discuss her work and screen a short documentary that reveals her artistic thought process.

The meeting is at Valle Verde, 900 Calle de los Amigos, Santa Barbara.

9:30 social time, 10:00 short business meeting, then Guest Speaker.

March Meeting – Screening of “YARN”

Our March meeting will be at 9:30 am, Saturday, March 4th.

Valle Verde
Ray Schneider Social Room, inside the Administration Building.
900 Calle de los Amigos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

We have a special screening of the film “YARN” .  This movie features 4 fiber artists and their Yarn Bombing work around the world.  Fun and fascinating!  Please join us for the movie which follows our social time and short business meeting.  The film is expected to start around 10:30 am and is 75 minutes long.

February Guild Meeting!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Paper But Didn’t Know Who to Ask  

Our guest speaker Is Jill Littlewood.  For forty years, Jill has been exploring different parts of the book!  With a degree in drawing from the Art Institute in Chicago, she later studied letterpress printing at the Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. Scientific illustration for the Natural Museum In Los Angeles followed, along with Western and Chinese caliigraphy, bookbinding, and finally papermaking.  Some of her works push the line between book art and illustrations: they are books you walk through, entirely made of handmade paper, with hundreds of her illustrations and writings embedded in them.  Most recently Jill had been making sculptural pieces out of her handmade paper.

This is our regular Saturday meeting format at Valle Verde, in the Ray Schneider Social Room inside the Adminstration Building, 900 Calle de los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA 805-883-4000

9:30 social hour, 10:00 short business meeting, followed by our speaker!

November Guild EVENTS – Lots going on!

A busy month!

First, there is the fabulous WoW  (Wonders of Weaving)  Sale!

4th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale Supports Local Weavers; 

Gorgeous hand-made items, including hand-woven, knitted, felted and unique items for home and family, will be offered at the 4th Annual WoW Sale. The sale will be held from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, November 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2016 at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara.

See the Wonders of Weaving page for more details, including the online sale option.



The guest speaker at our regular monthly meeting is Peter Crawford, and we are meeting at the Valle Verde community room.  This is on Saturday morning, November 5th, 9:30 social time, business at 10:00, followed by our speaker.

Peter Crawford is the owner of Red Thread Designs here in Santa Barbara, and will be giving a presentation on designing needlepoint canvases and the process of creating needlepoint today. www.redthreaddesigns.com

Valle Verde
Ray Schneider Social Room, inside the Administration Building.
900 Calle de los Amigos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 883-4000
Parking is available near the Administration Building entrance and on Calle de
los Amigos. The Ray Schneider Social Room (RSSR) is inside the entrance

There is also a retreat  in Cambria on November 11th, see EVENTS page for details.

OCTOBER Guild Meeting – Special Event!

Our October Guild Meeting will be our Reception for our Show at the Goleta Library.  The Reception is from 2-4 PM on Saturday, October 8th!  Bring finger foods to share!  Your artwork, ready to hang, must be brought to the ingathering on Friday, September 30th.  The show is up from October 1st through October 29th.  See your newsletter for more details or CONTACT us on the CONTACT page.  Here is a piece from a previous show.  Fabulous work!Blanket 2013 Faulkner Show

September 3rd Guild Meeting – another new location!

Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?  With Jannie Taylor

Jannie Taylor has been weaving and designing for over 40 years. Her fascination with textiles and handweaving began in the heady 1970’s and has only increased in the intervening years. Her second love is teaching; she has taught advanced weaving classes at AVL Weaving School, and has been a instructor at Convergence 2008 through 2016.

“Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
The world is full of an amazing range of fiber, and people around the globe have always put what is at hand to use for a myriad of purposes. Learn about the origin and properties of a wide variety of fibers that come from sheep to sheepdog; flax to fique; and silica to carbon. This lecture is suitable for anyone who is interested in fiber.”

Note Most Recent Change of Location: Valle Verde’s Ray Schneider Social Room, 900 Calle de Los Amigos SB 93105. Park near the Admin Building or on the street.  The Social Room is near the lobby.

August Guild Meeting – change of location

Saturday, August 6th: We will meet at Rancho Santa Barbara Clubhouse, 333 Old Mill Road, SB
(Dial #335 at the kiosk to get in though we will have someone at the gate to let you in)

Techniques and Traditions of Basket Weaving
With Cathy Molholm

Cathy Molholm will be giving an overview of the history and techniques of
weaving baskets. Learn tips on how to identify age, materials, and origin of your
old baskets. Samples of local contemporary baskets, and some historic uniques
styles from around the world will be shared.

July Guild Meeting – in the park!

Our regular monthly meeting will be anything BUT regular in July!

First of all, because the first Saturday falls on the Fourth of July weekend, we will meet on the second Saturday, July 9th AND we will be meeting at Tucker’s Grove Park in Goleta.

WHY ?  At our July meeting we are doing a dye day!  We will convene at 9:30 for social time and snacks, there will be no raffle so we can get right to work, playing with natural dyes.

BRING:   Protein fibers to dye (wool and silk), reasonable amounts.  Gloves, lunch and water.  There is a restroom there and power for the dye pots.

More details to come; for now, mark your calendars!

June Guild Meeting


Saturday, June 4th: Dying Around the World with Margaret Carlberg

Margaret Carlberg is a retired chemistry teacher (Connelly
High School, Anaheim, California) where she and students
designed, planted and maintained for 20 years more than 50
garden areas on their 6-acre campus. In 1998, she and her
students became intrigued with natural plant dyes, when she
started experimented extensively with different chemical
mordants. At Coastline Community College, Orange County,
and the South Coast Weaving and Spinning Guild she learned to weave, making
scarves and shawls, purses, belts, bookmarks, and vests with her plant-dyed yarns.
She and her husband Dave moved to Santa Barbara in 2013 and she has been an
active member of the SB Fiber Arts Guild since then.

Being a chemistry teacher, Margaret loves to do experiments, and has done
natural dyeing demonstrations and small-scale workshops at the Huntington
Botanic Gardens in San Marino, at the World Weavers’ Gathering at the San Juan
Capistrano Mission, at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, the Orange County
Fair, many teachers’ workshops, and with high school, elementary school, and
college students as well as with her grandsons.