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.