Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – CHINESE DRAGON BOATS

This will be a hand’s on meeting program…we will be making Chinese Dragon Boats! Jane took Marilyn Romatka’s class at Convergence in Reno last July and had lots of fun making these. She purchased 50 cardboard pre-scored blanks at Convergence in anticipation of this presentation. Originally made in China for the Dragon Boat Festival on the 5th day of the 5th month (of their lunar calendar), boats were raced, crowds cheered, and ladies in the neighborhoods made these traditional Dragon Boat Sachets and gave them to their neighbors as gifts. They can be stuffed with lavender or herbal medicines. The outside is made of 1/8″ wide colorful ribbon (from Ben Franklin’s Bag Day!).

Brief bio: I’ve been sewing since I was 8, knitting since I was 10, tablet weaving in the ’70’s, and started weaving on a rigid heddle loom also in the ’70’s. Just before we left Colorado to move back to California and Grass Valley, I bought a 4 shaft table loom from the Carbondale Loom Company. It was horrendous, and had the same warp on it from the time my daughter was 2 1/2 until she was 22 years old. The loom was donated to the Community Center for the Arts and I swore off loom weaving…until I visited Mardi Nathan’s Glimakra Ideal, and it was all over. l also do backstrap weaving, tablet weaving (again), kumihimo and crochet. I teach basket weaving at the guild level in round reed, plaited and rib style baskets.

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – PLANTS, COLOR, PLACE: USING LOCAL NATURAL DYES

Join natural dyer and plant lover Helen Krayenhoff for a presentation on using natural plant dyes on fiber. Co-owner of Kassenhoff Growers plant nursery in Oakland, Helen has over 20 years experience in growing organic plants and is co-author of 10 Plants for Color — A Simple Guide to Growing and Using Natural Dye Plants.

In her presentation, she will talk about her love of plants and how using them to dye fiber has deepened her appreciation for growing them. Following her journey in the cultivation of natural dyeing experience, she will show some slides, share some stories, and have samples for you to look at. Bringing natural color to local fiber opens a window into seeing how our practices can move us beyondcreating sustainable textiles to something truly regenerative.

Helen sells dried natural dye plant material in her online shop Plants•Color•Place.com