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October Guild Meeting – Exhibition Reception!!




 1st Choice     LENA SCHARFELD  #50, Quilt:  Nature’s Splendor Too  (56 votes)

 2nd Choice    LENA SCHARFELD   #50, Quilt:  Nature’s Splendor Too  (6 votes)

 3rd Choice     LENA SCHARFELD   #50, Quilt:  Nature’s Splendor Too  (7 votes)

Congratulations Lena!  After 7 years of effort on your extraordinary quilt, the general public and the Guild hope you feel rewarded with our admiration and appreciation for your fine expression in fiber, Nature’s Splendor Too.

Second: A limited number of exhibition pieces will be installed in Santa Barbara City Hall.  Look for news about the December First Thursday reception for a shared installation with the SB Sculptors Guild.

We kick off our month long exhibit of fabulous fiber art pieces from our members with a First Thursday Reception.  While strolling the open galleries on October 5th from 5 – 8 pm, make sure to visit the Faulkner Gallery at the Main Branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library.

Members may submit multiple pieces to exhibit, guidelines available in our newsletter. Members with questions and potential members, please use the CONTACT page.

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.

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.


Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild’s

What: A huge fund raiser sale of Yarn, Fiber, & Fabric.
Books & Magazines. Equipment for all fiber related arts including Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting, Needlework, and Basketry.
Finished Fiber Products
When: Saturday, February 6th from 11 am to approx. 2 pm.

Where: Presido Springs Community Center
721 Laguna Street
(between E. Ortega & E. Canon Perdido)


UPCOMING in November and October!

Plan Ahead for the WoW Sale!


You can also sell and shop at the Fiber Arts Show in October!

No regular Saturday meeting in October.  The Fiber Arts Guild will be showing work at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library (Central).  The ingathering and opening are on October 1st!   The opening at 5 pm is part of First Thursday, downtown Santa Barbara’s monthly evening of gallery openings!  Not too late to join in (September 25th deadline for entry forms, please see the newsletter for the form.)


September already, will Fall weather follow?

September Guild Meeting:  First Saturday, September 5!

This Month:
Artist Sommer Roman lives and works in Santa Barbara. She received her
MFA in 2014 from UC Santa Barbara, and subsequently became their
inaugural artist-in-residence for the following year. Her art practice is
comprised of both 2D and 3D work which can be categorized as playful
surrealistic abstraction. Sommer will discuss her habit of collecting domestic
discards (clothing, pillows, bed sheets, discarded toys, windows), her nontraditional
approach to working with fiber, her interest in play, her historical
and contemporary influences, and her past and recent projects

A Great Time to Join the Guild!


Our August meeting (August 1) will be at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.   Guild members check in the office and will be checked in to hear our guest speaker.  Come a little early so you have time to sign up as a Guild member!

Saturday, August 1st: Chumash Basketry with Jan Timbrook, Ph.D.

Jan Timbrook is an anthropologist and ethnobiologist—one who studies the interactions of human societies with plants and animals. She is the curator of ethnography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Her specialty is the indigenous Chumash people of the Santa Barbara region, particularly their uses of plants in food, medicine and basketry.

“Chumash Basketry: Art in the Life of Native Californians”

Chumash baskets have been admired and collected since the first days of Spanish exploration. Of the few hundred older baskets now thought to exist, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History houses the largest collection, and nearly all of those are on display. Jan Timbrook’s talk will begin with an overview of the cultural context and diverse roles of basketry in the traditional daily life of Chumash peoples of southern California. She will then discuss the characteristics of Chumash basketry – weaving techniques, materials, design layout and patterns – and note the changes in designs, shapes and function that began with European settlement in the late 18th century. The last three old-time weavers died between 1902 and 1915. After a long hiatus, cultural revitalization of Chumash basket making traditions is now underway.

The presentation will take place at the Natural History Museum, entrance is free for the program.


The June meeting was a field trip!  Please see our Facebook Page “Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild” to see the photos posted by our members who took the bus down to the Craft Show in Pasadena.

Month of June: Guild Showcase at the Goleta Library

In June the guild has mounted a display in the Goleta Public Library display case. It will be taken down on Tuesday June 30 so hurry over!

The theme is “Tools and Toys of Fiber Arts”, a display – of smaller items like scarves, hats, small wall hangings, mats, handspun skeins, and small tools!

Our July meeting will be special also, and not just because it will be the 4th of July!  Stop by before going to the parade (or as an alternative to all that commotion!) as we prepare for the upcoming Yarn Blast at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.  Here is a message from our coordinator for the event:

Come and Join the Fiber Blasting Party!

Bring your fiber friends, family and neighbors. Join us in knitting and crocheting up a storm at our next meeting on July 4th. We will be discussing designs and fabrication of pieces for the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden Yarn Blasting project. We have 10 site installations and need lots of creative fiber men/women to help make fun pieces including pom poms, flowers, small bugs, or animals. Bring your extra yarn or scraps of unfinished projects, (we will have yarn to use too). The installation of the project is set for the end of August. Karen Luckett will open up the meeting by discussing the details of the projects and show pictures of what we need. Creative ideas are welcome. We want to make this a fun party. Karen will supply the 4th of July themed goodies. For questions call Karen: (805) 570-0306.

PLEASE see our EVENTS page for upcoming events after July!

Spring Forward – April Guild Meeting

The time change seemed early this year, along with the warm weather.   Please see our events page for upcoming opportunities to share your fiber art work with the community.  Keep up the good work everyone!

Our April Meeting will be back at the Presidio Springs Community Center with a talk on Peru:

April 4th— Textile Adventures in Peru with Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore has specialized in the field of doubleweave pick-up for over 30 years and is the author of The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave. When Nilda Callanaupa from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco was planning her 2013 conference in Cusco, she asked Jennifer if she would come to the conference to teach the pre-Columbian doubleweave techniques to her weavers. Jennifer spent a year preparing for the experience by studying backstrap weaving, Peruvian doubleweave and learning Spanish. In November 2013 she attended and taught at the conference and then traveled to a number of weaving villages and archeological sites in the Peruvian highlands. Jennifer will present a slideshow from the conference and her travels in Peru, as well as demonstrate what she taught at the conference.

March Workshop – Special Guest Dianne Totten

Our guest speaker in March will also be conducting a 3 day workshop.  Her talk at our Saturday morning meeting is free (but in a different location, take note at bottom of page!) but there is a signup and fee for the 3 day weaving workshop.

March Workshop: “Crimp and Create” with Dianne Totten (

3 – day Workshop “Crimp and Create”

This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.” Using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class to discover the endless possibilities. Learn how the fabric can be used for entire garments as well as for permanent pleating to replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or to add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket. No dyeing involved. Advanced beginner and beyond. You will need a loom: there are a few table looms available, but most are spoken for. Warping instructions and directions to Rancho Santa Barbara will be sent to registrants at a later time.

The workshop and program will take place at the beautiful Community Room at the Rancho Santa Barbara Mobile Home Park. The workshop starts Friday, December 6 from 4-8PM, including setup and a potluck dinner. It continues after the guild meeting* on Saturday, and all day Sunday. Box lunches are available for a fee, or bring your own. Registration for the workshop began at the December guild meeting. The fee for the two days will be $150.

To reserve your spot in the workshop,  e-mail Kim Cooke at Send checks to: SB Fiber Arts Guild, P.O. Box 30944, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

Please include your name, e-mail (if applicable), phone number, and whether you need a loom. This is going to be a great event, we have 13 people registered already, with a 15 person limit, don’t miss out!

* The March Guild Meeting will also be at Rancho Santa Barbara and will be 9:30-11:00 without the usual raffle.  Email the websmaster on contact page if you need a map emailed back to you.


November Meeting Change and Wow Sale!

It finally feels a little like Autumn!  Today anyway, tomorrow it could be entirely different!

NOTICE: We will NOT be having our regular first Saturday Guild Meeting this month.

Instead there is a FIELD TRIP planned for the second Saturday and a WoW event too!


6th ANNUAL SALE AND GALLERY SHOW at the Strawbale Barn Weaving Studio

9156 Santa Margarita Rd., in Atascadero

Followed by a visit to an Alpaca Ranch!

Our Santa Barbara Airbus will leave promptly at 8:30am, Sat. Nov.8th from SB Airbus, 750 Technology Dr, Goleta, CA 93117. You can park in back if leaving car at the Airbus.

$25 members/$35 nonmembers

Bring your lunch/snacks/drinks and $

We plan to arrive in Atascardero at approximately 10:30 am and leave the Central Coast Weavers Sale at noon. Weather permitting, we will have lunch at Atascadero Lake (presence of lake not guaranteed.) If it’s cold or rainy we can find a place inside at the Strawbale Barn.

Then we head for the Ranch of the Oaks, to arrive between 2 and 3. This is at 3269 Crucero Rd. Lompoc CA 93436

 We will leave Ranch of the Oaks by 5pm, about a 1 hour drive back to the SB Airbus, arrive about 6pm.

Does this sound like fun or what!!

Contact our President or Secretary (see CONTACT page) if you want to reserve a spot!


More shopping in Santa Barbara Nov, 6th and 7th and also on the 15th!

There is a WoW sale around the same time so you can do even more of your early holiday gift buying and snag some really wonderful woven goods.  Please see the Wonders of Weaving page for details on that event.