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


Past Programs

Date:  January 23, 2018

Speaker:  Stephen Keller 

Topic:  “Navajo Weaving”

Steve is a long time collector of Navajo rugs and weaver in the Navajo style. He will give a brief history of Navajo weaving and then discuss the three kinds of Navajo rugs: boarded, banded and other, with lots of examples. He will also talk about some individual Navajo weavers, including Little Man’s Daughter who is also called Daisy Taugelchee, perhaps the greatest Navajo weaver of the 20th century. He will bring one of her pieces from his collection. Steve will be assisted by Marilyn Greaves, a highly regarded Navajo style weaver and teacher.

Date:  February 27, 2018

Speaker:  Nadine Spier

Topic:  “The Art of Basketry”

Fiber artist Nadine Spier will discuss basketry as an art form followed by demonstration and discussion in the afternoon. Examples of her work can be seen on her website

Date:  March 27, 2018  TBD

Date:  April 24, 2018

Speaker:  Barbara Setsu Pickett

Topic:  “Mihara Shibori Studio Techniques

Barbara is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Oregon. Her art and research focus on velvet weaving, Jacquard design and shibori. With her son Michael she runs the Mihara Shibori Studio and creates silk shibori scarves.

Her lecture will be followed by a trunk show and sale.