All posts by Stefanie Selck

Show and Tell Nov 2022

Archana N

One warp, many structures

Here are photos of the sample to be turned into a scarf project from CNCH Workshop One Warp, Many Structures: Explorations in Extended Parallel Threadings.

10/2 pearl cotton warp and 20/2 weft. 

Three patterns – Echo – falling stars, shadow weave and turned twill. 

Upcoming Events

Yuletide at Montalvo Holiday Marketplace

Presented by the Montalvo Service Group, on Friday, Nov. 18, & Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10:00a.m. – 3:00 p.m., our Dotty Calabrese will be among the vendors at this holiday show. The Show is free, parking is $10, with a clearance sale, Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with free parking. For more information, see – proceeds benefit the maintenance and preservation of Montalvo’s historic villa and grounds.

Textile Arts Council Annual Textile Bazaar

On Saturday, November 12 the Textile Arts Council will again hold our “annual” Textile
Bazaar at St. Mary’s Cathedral event center, 1111 Gough St, San Francisco. Last year more than 30 vendors participated. Shoppers, vendors and volunteers all raved about the return of this truly unique event after a year without it.

A special addition to last year’s event was the TAC table with an incredible selection of
donations from TAC members. A special thank you to each of you for your contribution to the Bazaar’s success. Note that there is free parking, free admission, masks required; payment is by cash or check; and some mvendors accept credit cards.
Note that a group of people will be carpooling up after this month’s Creative Endeavors
meeting at AmazingYarns

CoCA 13th Annual Open Studios

November 12 & 13, 11:00 a.m. = 4:00 p.m.
We’ve been inviting visitors into our studios since 2010, and this year we have 40
exceptional artists in 23 locations for your enjoyment. Please be considerate of our artists if they have “masks required” posted; otherwise, masks are optional.
Win an original work of art. Visit at least 7 participating studios (noted with a red *) to
qualify for the drawing held the week after Open Studios. Thank you for your continued interest in our coastside artists. Please visit for a downloadable brochure and a list of artists.
—Patt Sheldon, Founding Artist

Peggy Osterkamp Collection

Antique Textiles, Art and Books Sale – Textiles from Japan, India, Central and South Asia,
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Sunday Nov. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Building C, Room C 205, Fort Mason Center, 2 Mrina Bolvd, San Francisco, CA

Zoom Guild Meeting, Thursday, November 17th

Please note the meeting will begin at 6:30 due to our presenter being on the East Coast

Karen Donde

Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures

Although the history of the weave structure known as Beiderwand predates even its name, Beiderwand remains a powerful tool for creating contemporary designs. When the traditional draft is turned, converting the customary supplementary weft to a supplementary warp, that power expands exponentially. This lecture will explore Beiderwand history and traditional drafting and design characteristics, then illustrate the exciting results of turning that draft, results that extend well beyond faster, one-shuttle weaving. Join Karen to discover the hidden potential of a Turned Beiderwand draft.

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012, 2014 and 2016 and 2022 (postponed from 2020), Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. In Asheville, NC, she has taught at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, Friends & Fiberworks, Local Cloth and her own studio.

Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other allied publications.

Please note the meeting will begin at 6:30 due to our presenter being on the East Coast

Show and Tell, October 2022

Stefanie S

Napkins for my Daughter’s Wedding

My daughter is getting married in November and requested 30 napkins in the wedding’s color scheme “Wisteria”.

This is 22/2 Cottoline, 420 warp threads in two warps, 8.4 yd each. It is a plain weave with the pattern being a point twill with 4 threads of white and one gold thread between the two patterns. All napkins were machine-sewn, washed and ironed;  there was about 10 % shrinkage, which I accounted for in the initial width and length.

A fun project, although I am now ready to weave something else for a change.

Johanna G

First of 2 pieces from same cotton 10/2 warp from Lunatic Fringe.

Baby blanket for newborn grandchild Luca.  It is a 4 shaft waffle weave that shrunk considerably but is soft and light.

Second pieces is the same warp with a rose path pattern that was turned into a tunic with flounce sleeves. I created the tunic for my Canada Sewing Course Principles of Design. It is warm but comfy!

Show and Tell, September 2022


Linen ikat with marigold, iron, and very faint Myrobalan

My latest ikat project let me practice some of the skills from the Natural Dye Workshop and get to know my newest loom. The ikat project I measured out 4 yards of linen warp and prepped it for dyeing.

The piece is made from natural linen. I used myrobalan as a tannin, dyed it with marigold (the yellow part), and then overdyed with iron. The marigold turned brown with the addition of iron. The myrobalan tannin faintly reacted to the iron, but much of the color difference disappeared after wet finishing.

It was a practice piece to get to know my “new” loom and to experiment with natural dyes and ikat. So mostly it was for experimentation, but I’ll probably sew something with it at some point.


Kumihimo braid key fobs

These key fobs are a collection of braids in various colors and techniques, mostly cotton, some silk.

Can you spot the Lady Bug pattern, the blue-yellow flowers on a vine?

Most of them are Japanese Kongo Gumi braids made on a Kumihimo disk. The red, yellow, turquoise spirals have the nickname Laramie Braid and are derived from European straw-plaiting.




Show and Tell, August 2022


Quick update on three new exhibits that I want to share with you in a timely manner.
Pulp: Book and Paper Arts will feature my Faulty Towers: Night and Day, a plaited paper
sculptural pair made of shredded artist prints. Inspired by the SF Millennium Tower that is
sinking on its foundation, this work also refers to the many things that are faulty in our society today. If you look closely, you can see the faces of little children. It is for their sake that we need to fix our world. My work is featured on the postcard and on the website. The exhibit at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts runs from July 30 – September 4, 2022. This work just won first prize in the exhibit at the opening July 30th. Nice surprise for me.

Faulty Towers: Night and Day, 2020, plaited shredded artist prints.

Traditions Evolve is sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of Surface Design and will include a sculptural basket from my newest series Welcome Pineapple 236. The exotic
pineapple was a symbol of welcome in wealthy homes in Europe and the Colonies. My work acknowledges the human capital of colonization that made the display of this luscious fruit possible. The form is built with 236 plaited cane flower knots on a hemp leaf plaited base.

Welcome Pineapple 236, 2022, flower knot plaiting in dyed cane on a hemp leaf plaited base, twined top pieces

The exhibit will soon be available on the Surface Design website.
Every 1 is an inclusive exhibit sponsored by the National Basketry Organization.

My Welcome Pineapple 236 will also be featured here. You can view it online at the NBO website after the opening reveal at NBO’s conference Virtually Woven 2022: Crossing Boundaries July 28 to 30, 2022. The exhibit will remain online until December 31, 2022, and it includes a large collection of the best of contemporary and traditional basketry being made today, one piece by each artist. It is worth taking time to peruse this site!

I wish you all good health and much joy as you navigate the rest of summer 2022.—



Working on CNCH workshop project, Falling Stars pattern. I had a false start but on track

Falling Stars pattern on the loom



I’ve been wanting to try some rug weaving, so when my darling husband declared we needed a rug of a certain size and material, I browsed the library looking for inspiration and guidance. I settled on A Rug Weaver’s Sourcebook,  edited by Linda Ligon, and following directions in the book, wove this rep rug. I used 8/4 poly cotton rug warp sett at 30 EPI with 4 strands of mop cotton as the thick weft.  Those of you who have talked weaving with me recently are aware of the many issues I’ve had with it, but I’ve learned a lot and I love the rug. The book is a “compilation of weaving techniques”, and is more of a how-to book than a book of projects, and covers a number of techniques, with a lot of focus on weft faced and rag rugs. Especially helpful was advice on how to keep your loom from walking across the room! I want to try the card woven edges on my next rug; the appendix article by Martha Stanley clearly explains how it’s done; I’ve watched Gudrun demo this, but have not yet tried it myself.

— Ange Mirer, Guild Librarian