In 1960, Betty Holcombe organized the Tamalpais Weavers’ Guild by inviting students in Marianne Rauschnabel’s weaving class at the College of Marin to a potluck at the Nicosia home of Lois Purdom. The first official meeting was held August 16, 1960 at College of Marin and the membership was opened to everyone in September.
There were 31 founding members and Betty was the first president. In 2011, the name of the guild was change to Tamalpais Textile Arts Guild to reflect the diverse and evolving textile interests of the members.
The main purpose of the guild is to promote interest and high standards in weaving and other textile arts. Activities include monthly meetings with speakers, workshops, field trips, study groups, sales exhibits and an annual retreat.
Since 1961, the guild has participated annually in the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (CNCH) and has won awards for its exhibits featuring the outstanding work of its members. It has also taken part in fairs at the Marin Art and Garden Center, the Marin Civic Center and the Sausalito, Mill Valley and San Francisco Art Festivals.
A congenial, social and educational group, the guild is constantly on the lookout for new members. Interested or simply curious individuals are always welcome, even encouraged, to attend its meetings.
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Leslie – the newsletter is only available to members of TTAG. Annual dues are just $45 a year, and include 9 programs and the monthly newsletter. Stop by any of our meetings to say hello, learn more about the group, and see why you want to belong to TTAG!
Hi there, my mother who is 80 is interested in learning about weaving. We would like to get her a loom, but want to make sure we get the correct kind. Is there someone we can talk to to give us advice? Please contact me.
Thanks so much,
I found a description of the different types of looms online at http://www.theloomroom.co.uk. I think it’s pretty good about setting out the differences between the different types of looms, but the description of a rigid heddle loom is a little off and reflects a general attitude about rigid heddle looms that is out of date. Some people who use larger looms (table, floor) look down on rigid heddle looms because they think rigid heddle looms are more limited. But I would hazard a guess that most of those people have never actually used a rigid heddle loom. It turns out you can do a lot on a rigid heddle loom, and they have the advantage of being lightweight and portable. It was my first loom, and is still the one I use for almost all my projects.
I would check out the resources on our website for classes. A simple 1 day class, or something that meets a couple times for a couple hours each time on a simple rigid heddle or table loom should provide the basics and give you a feel for the craft and if it’s something you really want to pursue. From there you can move up to more advanced classes with other loom types.
Hope that helps!