Workshops and Programs

Below is information about upcoming programs and workshops for the 2018/2019 year.


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. 

Date: September 25, 2018

Speaker: Stephanie Gaustad

Topic: “Handspun: A Fabric Designer's Most Powerful Tool” 

The stuff of cloth is yarn. The quality of that cloth reflects the strength, texture, rigidity, endurance and appearance of its component yarns. In this presentation, Stephanie Gaustad brings examples of her fabrics and finished garments to illuminate what producing your own yarn can offer to a discriminating designer. 

Walk through design processes with her as she works from original concept through project planning, yarn production, weaving, finish work and conversion to final piece. This is a thoughtful talk about fabric as if it were architecture. Straw, sticks, or bricks, choices made at the onset inexorably reverberate throughout the creative process unto the finished piece. And using handspun yarn is a considerable commitment in time. These are fabrics not for the everyday. They are for the moments when you need to make “a statement.”  

The afternoon presentation is a review and discussion of seven handspun handwoven pieces. 

Date: October 23, 2018

Speaker: Sharlet Elms

Topic: “The Lowly Rag; Rag Weaving in the 21st Century”

Sharlet will discuss the history of rag rugs and their significance in various cultures who made them. She will also talk about how these rugs were made.

Date:  January 22, 2019

Speaker: Adrian Nicholaisin

Topic: “From Hand Weaving to Industrial Weaving and Back Again”

Date: February 26, 2019

Speaker: Deborah Silver

Topic: “Split-Shed Weaving”

Split-shed weaving is a process that allows weavers to break out of blocks and choose where a pattern structure shifts. It is a wonderful way to create pictorial imagery without using multiple tapestry bobbins, shaft switching, or pick-up sticks. You can see examples of her art at

Date:  March 26, 2019

Speaker: Keith Smith

Topic: “Batik”

Date: April 24 & 25, 2019

Workshop Instructor: Robin Lynde

Topic: Jacob Wool - What do I do with a Spotted Fleece