Guild study groups afford opportunities for members to learn and explore shared topics of interest. A study group is organized around a common purpose as stated in its mission statement along with its goals and objectives”. (excerpt from the Eugene Weavers Guild)
The Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild is in the process of organizing more study groups for a diverse selection that appeals to our member's varied interests and educational goals. Please come back for updates on future guild sponsored study groups!
*** NOTE *** Guild membership is required in order to participate in guild sponsored study groups.
Open to all levels of weavers and sewers. Activities based on the needs and wants of the participants. Suggested topics to learn or enhance your skills:
Choosing weaving techniques, loom and yarn ~Choosing a de-sign to sew ~ Adjusting the pattern to fit your measurements ~ How to prepare & cut your handwoven fabric ~ Special sewing techniques ~ Share your skills and design ideas with the group ~ Work on projects as a group or individually.
We have regularly scheduled VCHSG Sewing With Handwoven study group meetings on the 1st Monday of every month at 3:30 pm (subject to change based on current circumstances).
Our vision is to have an in depth study of complex weave structures. Each month a person in the group will research a structure of their choosing and lead the discussion at that month’s meeting. Then we can all go away, warp up our looms and spend the rest of the month weaving that structure. Requirements for the study group: An 8 harness loom and the ability to warp and weave this loom. Weaving software would be helpful, but is not necessary.
We have regularly scheduled VCHSG 8-Harness Weaving Study Group Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:30 pm. Meeting location is in Camarillo at Threadbenders Studio 4023 Camino Ranchero Unit C.
This study group will explore incorporating SAORI concepts and techniques into weaving and encourage members to embrace their own uniqueness with their weaving. Members should have basic weaving skills and ability to warp a loom for plain weave. What is SAORI?
SAORI is a plain weave, creative, free-style approach to weaving pioneered in Japan. SAORI emphasizes finger manipulation, color, texture and self-expression. SAORI is a great stash buster so the more fiber and yarns you have the better!
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at Studio Channel Islands 222 Ventura Blvd in Camarillo.
The VCHSG Dye Garden is open to VCHSG members and VCHSG Fibershed Study Group Members. Current plantings include indigo, marigold, amaranth, madder, and more! The VCHSG Natural Dye Study Group would like to be scientific in our endeavors to work with local fibers.
Please use the info form to submit your experiments with natural dye so we can keep track of it in our spreadsheet!
“Moonspinners. Sometimes, when you’re deep in the countryside, you meet three girls in the dusk, spinning. They each have a spindle, and on to these they are spinning their wool, milk-white, like the moonlight. Only when all the wool is washed and wound again into a white ball in the sky, can the moonspinners start their work once more, to make the night safe for all."
We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (location TBD) for spinning joy and comradeship. Discussions include spinning techniques, fibers, wheels and preparation. This group is for for novice to experienced handspinners.
Susie Meach & Maryann Eckhout
Tapestry Study Group has been formed to learn and explore tapestry weaving. We will delve into the techniques, the materials, equipment, instructors, workshops, exhibitions and maybe some road trips. We will offer advice, help and guidance to new and experienced tapestry weavers.
Meetings will be via Zoom with periodic
in-person meetings (TBD). They will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30PM. The moderators are Michelle Gannes, Susie Meach & Betty Boghasian.