Currently being presented via Zoom

Educational programs take place during Guild Meetings,
which are held at the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd, Sacramento, CA,
10:00 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, September through May, except December.


September 22, 2020

Speaker: Annie MacHale

Topic: Inkle Weaving: Narrow but not Limited


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October 27, 2020

Speaker: Daryl Lancaster

Topic: Great Garments from Handwoven Cloth

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November 24, 2020

Speaker: Carol James

Topic: What's Sprang and What Can You Do With It

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January 26, 2021

Speaker : Robin Lynde

Topic: What’s in My (Weaver’s) Toolbox

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February 23, 2021

Speaker : Deb Essen

Topic: Color Value in Weaving

Deb Essen is the author of Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps (Interweave Press) and a frequent contributor for Handwoven magazine. She has recorded several DVDs on supplemental warps, profile drafts, and pin loom projects. She has been weaving for over 25 years and teaches at local, regional, and national conferences, guilds, and shops. For us, she will be answering the question: “Why do those colors look so nice together on the cones, but when I start winding the warp or weaving things don't look nearly as pretty? Likely it's because of the color values.” She will discuss color values, how to identify them and make them work for you. You can take a look at some of her “swatch critter kits” at

Deb will also be a two-day online, workshop, “Color in Weaving,” February 27-28. That’s Saturday and Sunday, so some of you workers can take part.  More information on the workshops page

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March 23, 2021

Speaker : Jane Patrick

Topic: How To Weave the Cloth You Love

Jane Patrick of the Schacht Spindle Company will give a talk to the guild general meeting on Tuesday, followed by a two-day, online, rigid-heddle workshop on Saturday and Sunday, part on pickup-stick techniques and part on hand-manipulation techniques. 

Workshop details will be posted soon on workshops page.

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April 27, 2021

Speaker : Joan Ruane

Topic: Spinning Hemp

Joan has been spinning and researching hemp for over twenty years.  Her online presentation will cover how to spin hemp and use your yarn, as well as the history and importance of hemp and what’s happening with hemp today. To get a taste for Joan, check out her cotton carding videos on YouTube or her website at

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May 25, 2021

Topic: Annual “Potluck” Luncheon, Place-Setting Sharing, Fashion Show & Demo

We will be celebrating the end of our Guild year with our annual “potluck luncheon” and looking forward to meeting in person in the fall. Even if you haven’t made it to all – or any – online Zoom meetings, sign into this one. It will make it easier for us to recognize each other in when we can get together, fingers crossed, in September. This will be a pared-down celebration, but we still want to see people’s creative place settings and enjoy a fashion show of what people have made this past year or two. This year we would love for a few members to show a quick demo of a technique, tool, or tip with the rest of the guild members during our May zoom. Let Langdon know if you can demo something,