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Show and Tell January 2023

Barbara Shapiro – Featured Friday Artist for the National Basketry Organization

Jan 6, 2023

 As I explored Japanese Flower Knot plaiting on a jellyfish for Bay Area Basket Makers‘ participation in the CNCH Tableau event, it occurred to me that the surface resembled that of a pineapple. And off I went seeking to capture the shape of that once exotic fruit.   By the time I finish the fourth and fifth ones, I had figured out that I could use spacers between knots to create a nice plump form. The crown is made with two rows of twining on some extra elements and rolling them up to insert into the top. 


Stefanie S – Tencel Scarf

I wanted to feature both colors on this scarf, so I chose Blue as warp and Green as weft and wove in a cross-twill. I added a few rows of herringbone twill every few inches to mix it up a little. The scarf is very soft and has great drape and I really like the color combination. 


Barbara O. –  Samples from Rep Workshop with Kelly Marshall

Show and Tell December 2022

Gudrun  P – Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

These trees came to be in my early days of weaving. I had taken a 6 week weaving class at the studio of “The Handweavers of Los Altos” with my teachers Jane Koldorff, Yvonne Kortum and Margaret Gaynes. I had learned about rose path and this is what I used to create patterns in a plain weave background. It was fun play to weave, creating patterns using colors and the floats that rose path gives you.

Ulla d L – Hatband

I bought a hat at the second-hand shop in Burlingame and decided to do a hatband for it.

It is in split ply twining. 8 strands of 10/2 cotton per cord, in the SCOT ( single-course oblique twining) technique.

Linda Hendrickson calls it the “Waves” band. I haven’t had the guts to wear the hat.


Ply-Split Hatband, wave pattern – Ulla d  L


Ange M – Baby Blanket

Baby blankets for my grandnephews, made from 8/4 Brassard cotton in a rosepath threading.



Laura B – Rigid Heddle Project in process


Sarah A – My recently finished wrap

this is my recently finished wrap. Cottolin warp and weft, with supplemental handspun weft of Malabriho nube merino and handdyed locks from Namaste farms. Spiral plied with metallic thread. Finnish bird’s eye draft.  One armhole to keep it in place.



Barbara S – One Object for 2022

Barbara Shapiro, Never again is Now, 2022. Japanese handwoven hemp, plaited strips of Kozo fiber, clumps of Kozo fiber, Red silk thread stitching, and Sumi ink. Stitched and assembled. 

My most recent Horn Bag was completed in April 2022 with the constant specter of war in Europe on my mind. Damaged and soiled, its contents have singed edges. It is not pretty. As I did with Tikuun Olam, I gave this one a title that reflects my Jewish heritage. Never Again was what we said after WWII with the founding of the state of Israel. Never again would the Jews have nowhere to go when the world turned against them. And now again we see people fleeing their homes with just a bag of their possessions in their arms, not knowing what the future holds for them. It’s heartbreaking.  If these past years have taught me anything, it is that I should feel empowered to speak in my own true voice at this point of my life. If I see the world as fragile, all of us fragile, it’s OK to express that in my work. And If I feel like repairing that fragility with stitches and woven patches, because each of us can bring about change, stitch by stitch, then I can say that with my work too

Show and Tell November 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. 

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

Show and Tell, July 2022


Upcycled cotton thrums and blended with wool and spun for a second life.




Weaving with cotton knit rag coils from Great Northern Weaving




The Natural Dye Workshop from Maiwa School of Textiles wraps up this week. I spent the past 2+ months creating nearly 200 unique dye and fiber samples. Such an incredible class!


Double Ikat sampler made with 5/2 Perle cotton and dyed with indigo and madder. For more information, visit my blog.


Show and Tell, June 2022

We’ve got a lot of show and tell this month. Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom so you don’t miss anything!


Our friend Melanie Fuller passed away earlier this year, quite unexpectedly. On her floor loom she left an unfinished blanket for her new granddaughter. A family friend reached out to the guild to see if the blanket could be finished. I volunteered for the task and recently completed it. The family is very happy with the blanket and with the sense of closure.


This square ribbed basket is based on traditional Appalachian basket designs handed down over generations. The basket has an extra detail along the top of the handle which was a lot of fun to weave and easier than it looks. It took just about all of the 10 hours that the teachers predicted. It was a lot of fun to weave and a basket that I’ll enjoy for years.


My ikat scarf from Mary Zicafoose’s Shifted Warp Ikat at CNCH. Warp is 10/2 tencel that we measured, tied resist wraps & dyed in class before warping the loom & learning shifting techniques; weft & stripes are Bambu 12 from Cotton Clouds.



Jacket was created using 3 prior weavings-one done in high school, one done as a wall hanging about 25 years ago and one was done in a SF City college weaving course a few years ago.  My goal was to learn to piece weavings together using a technique from Daryl Lancaster using sheets of fusible tricot.  I then tailored the jacket to submit for my sewing/fashion course I was taking at Canada College.  I used both wool and cotton weavings and a Thai silk lining to finish it. I wanted it to be sporty so I used a long front zipper.  I have already worn it  and am pleased with the end product.
Turned Taqueté, 22/2 cottolin with 12 threads per cm in a 40/10 reed. Every second weft shot was white, the first was in one of the three warp colors
– The white/blue napkin is a cotton warp with linen weft in plain weave with a blue cross twill pattern. Sett was one per dent in a 100/10 reed.
– The overshot pattern is called Sun & Moon, it has a white 17/2 tabby shot in every second weft.
-The grey striped napkin is an 8/2 cotton in plain weave, stripes per Fibonacci method
– The grey and red table runner is a 10/2 white cotton for warp and grey and red cotton for weft. 1 thread per dent in an 80/10 reed.
– Pineapple 132 basket, dyed cane, Japanese flower knot plaiting on a hemp leaf plaited base.
– Shark for Bob Darchi. He carried it in the BABM CNCH Tableau. Round reed, grape vine, paper, waxed linen, paint
– Blue and Gold fish, round reed, paper, waxed linen.
  Created for BABM CNCH Tableau.
CNCH 2022 Tableaux:
Fun was had by all at CNCH 2022.

Show and Tell, May 2022


“Gisela’s Wool, Split-Ply Rug #2”
The rug is made with 360 cords, each consisting of 40 threads of an old yarn called Maypole, Willamette from Oregon Worsted Co., 5600 yrds/pound.  I over-dyed most of the yarns so the variation in color comes from the original colors. I took a class in Split-Ply from Linda Hendrickson and finally found a use for the two big boxes of yarn I had had for many years.  The technique is mainly used for bands but also for baskets and bags and other 3-D items.  I have not seen any other rugs made with the technique.  Rug #3 is on the way here in Sweden.
I am now working on a body of work that is based on using up yarns that have been given me over the years.  Old yarns / New work.  Use them all up, the yarn stops here, etc.



These are pins/pendants (the larger pieces have a bail on the back to accommodate a leather or satin cord) made from both woven and sashiko fabric. They range from 1” – 2.5”. The fabric is mounted on a small piece of wood that fits into the hoop frame and then covered with a matching size wood before the pin back is attached.




Huck lace tunic in white made of 8/2 cottolin.  It is a Robin Spady pattern from Heddlecraft Magazine. It was woven on my 8 shaft AVL loom. I made it using a Simplicity pattern.



Gudrun: Twill Blocks

These twill blocks were woven on a 4 harness loom as an exploration of split-shed weaving. Find out more about this technique by visiting the website of Deborah Silver,
The placement of the blocks mimics the drawdown of 5-end satin.



Crochet Temperature Blanket for 2022. For each day of 2022 I am crocheting a granny square with the center color representing the high temperature of the day.



Show and Tell, April 2022

Ann M:

The red/yellow shawl is 30/2 silk from Redfish Dyeworks. The draft is from Shalp’s Eight Shafts: A Place to Begin. The treadling is my own adaptation. It’s for a friend’s wedding next month. Finished dimensions: 18×72
The blue/zephyr is tabby and of my own design — really it was an itch of an idea that had to be scratched so I pulled out a long abandoned warp that’s been hanging on the back of the coat closet. I added a 1″ red ribbon down the center. It turned out a whole lot better than I imagined. Finished dimensions: 20×66.
Sarah A:
Lift a Finger, 2022. Merino, polwarth, bamboo, silk, nylon, angelina, cotton, polymer clay. 7.75”x8.75” This piece was donated to @artiststakeaction and auctioned to support the people of Ukraine.
Betsy B:
Knit sweater.
Allison K:
Ikat projects.
Barbara S:
Never Again is Now.
Never again, never again! Each time there is a horrible war, we repeat this phrase. The phrase Never Again was used after World War II at the time of the creation of the State of Israel. Never again would the Jews of the diaspora have nowhere to go when their very existence on the earth was threatened. Now it is the Ukrainians who are forced to leave their homeland under the threat of the extinction of their country and their culture. You see them fleeing with a single bag of belongings, and fortunately being welcomed by strangers.  The horrors they fled are reflected in the singed contents of my bag. Hope is expressed in patching and mending, reflective of families that will hopefully someday be reunited and cities rebuilt.
Completed several weeks before, but unnamed until Russia attacked Ukraine. Never Again is Now is the 6th in my Horn Bag series.
Materials: Hemp cloth, Kozo fiber inserts and woven kozo patch, indigo dye and sumi Ink. Plaiting, stitching, assemblage.

I just finished off the second assemblage of card woven bands in a work called Family Choir. Family Choir is a companion piece to The Elders completed in 2021. Watching people sing from their balconies during the pandemic inspired me. I finally decided to use the vertical openings I could create to make mouths for this ensemble of people swaying as they sang together. They seemed to form a family unit and that gave me a title.

The bands are woven of my own space-dyed pima cotton and woven in the so-called “Egyptian diagonal” technique. The feet were tinted blue in indigo long after weaving and cutting the bands. Like The Elders, this work is framed in a black picture box frame, but I photographed it without the box and glass. Dimensions are 12 x 16 framed.

Terry E:
Tatza, a traditional Polish bread basket pattern.  I wove this basket in Charlie Kennard’s workshop using peeled willow grown and processed by Mr. Kennard.
Stefanie S:
My latest project, an exploration of Summer & Winter. 8/2 cotton at 24 EPI. White warp and 3 different shades of color in the weft, one being a 16/2 tabby shot.