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 Originally made in China for the Dragon Boat Festival on the 5th day of the 5th month (of their lunar calendar), boats were raced, crowds cheered, and ladies in the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.



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


Simple looms do not necessarily mean simple textiles. Weavers in South America use rustic looms to create complex cloth employing a wide variety of techniques using complementary-warp structures and both supplementary warps and weft. Even plain-weave textiles are not in any way ‘’plain’’ when incorporating ikat or finished with intricate knotted fringes, colorful joining stitches and tubular edgings.

In this program Laverne Waddington  will walk you through the various woven structures she has encountered while learning to weave in South America and show examples of how I have used these in her own work on the backstrap loom.

Laverne’s Bio:

Laverne Waddington has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design influences from around the world to create pieces on a backstrap loom using the various techniques and structures she has studied in South and Central America as well as with backstrap weavers from Vietnam and Mayanmar.

In 2010 she published her first book on one of her favorite warp-faced patterning techniques, Andean Pebble Weave which was followed by More Adventures in Warp-faced Pick-up Patternsin 2012. In 2017 she released her first instructional dvd on Operating a Backstrap Loomfollowed by her third instructional book Complementary-warp Pick-up. An accompanying pattern book to the 2017 publication was published in early 2018.

Her articles on backstrap weaving and indigenous textiles have appeared in Handwovenand Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot as well as in the published proceedings of the 2012 and 2016 Braid Society conferences.

She has shared her skills and experiences with many visitors to Bolivia over the years and now reaches a global audience with her weaving tutorials and travel tales on her blog. She provides online advice and support to weavers through forums such as Ravelry and teaches and speaks at guilds and textile conferences around the world.