San Francisco Fiber Resources
This listing is by no means comprehensive, but meant to cover things happening around
the San Francisco Bay Area, in our usual opinionated fashion.
write us if you know of something that
should be listed here!
Guilds & Groups
There is a yahoo group called
sfknit, which claims to be an offshoot of the huge Knitlist
that's been taken over by XRX,
and to cover the entire bay area.
They have a lot of messages (read on the web?),
including group announcements, and
are so far open to public reading, although they censor comments
about local shops. Probably a good place to find resources and
friends in the more far-flung corners of the Bay Area.
The afghans for Afghans group
is active in the Bay Area and would probably hold your hand through a
few afghans ;-). Write Ann at Afghans4Afghans@aol.com for local info.
The obvious Knitting Guild of America
has some nearby chapters (Oakland, Hayward, Delta). They are afflicted with the
dorkiest magazine (Cast-On) ever printed, and lean heavily toward Victorian
charity-knitting, but may be helpful to a beginner?
Be aware that they are -not- a guild, but a private for profit organization.
The Crochet Guild of America is a nonprofit with an informative site
and several Bay Area chapters (San Leandro, San Jose, Redwood
City, Sacramento), all meeting on Saturdays.
- The SF Knitting Guild meets the first Sunday of the
month 1:30-4:40pm at the main public library (the room is behind the
information desk on the main floor). Very casual and friendly,
no agenda and no dues,
it's open to all. EMatsui@sfchronicle.com or
- SF_knitters in
coordinates informal events. They are not to be confused with
the above sfknit, being mostly for announcements for people
who meet in person in SF,
and having little online discussion.
They meet on Wednesdays at 7pm at Muddy's, 1304 Valencia (at 24th).
(This is the same group that used to meet at Espresso Bravo till
Contact Stacey Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Crafty Bitches (lesbian knitters) meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm at
the Lexington club. (They used to meet at the Muddy Waters
near 16th street in 02). Mixed-level group that takes good care of
beginners, very social atmosphere. "Beer, pussy and yarn!"
Contact Knitting Mistress Melanie
- Rumor has it that anarchist knitters are meeting on Thursday nights
in some out of the way place. But not regularly enough for us to
find out about it :-).
Any further info anyone?
- Stich'nBitch meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm at Annie's Cocktail Lounge,
a bar on 6th & Bryant (directions at
Starts at 6:30, features Cocktails, Punk Rock and Knitting,
a winning combination. "The jukebox is great and the drinks are strong"!
Contact Kari Girarde email@example.com
- The BAWDies (Bay Area Wool Divas) yahoogroup meet a various times in San
Francisco. The website is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BAWDies/
They meet just about every Friday at noon in Downtown SF and then have
other informal gatherings throughout the month.
The group is a very chatty and active mixture of beginning and
experienced knitters from all age groups.
- There is a crochet group meeting on the first Sunday of
every month at Imagiknit on 18th st and Sanchez.
Hours are 3:30-6:30pm, often followed by dinner. There is usually
some sort of educational program. Mary Jane MJaneWood@aol.com or
check out the calendar at
- The Throwup,
queer and genderfuck handjob, is on hiatus at the moment. Keep checking
their site for a revival.
- The queer knitters meet on Monday nights (7-10pm) at the
3-dollar bill cafe,
in the ground floor of the queer center.
Very nice and friendly group, very diverse in levels and everything else.
Men who Knit group
meets on Tuesday evenings at Cafe Macondo, on 16th st near Valencia.
A really welcoming bunch :-).
- The Church of Craft
is now meeting regularly on the 3rd Sunday of every month
the Atlas Cafe,
3049 20th Street @ Alabama (or Florida?).
firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 415-640-4224
if you have any further questions.
- A yahoo group
called EB_Knitters is meeting on Monday nights 6-9pm
at Barnes & Noble in Jack London Square.
- Berkeley/Oakland knitters apparently also meet Wednesday nights
at the Starbucks on Shattuck & Cedar, 5:50-7:30
(what's with the Starbucks thing in Berkeley?? Move to Peets!)
Contact Rose email@example.com
- The Meanie Knitting Club meets 7:30pm Wed, Gaylord's cafe on
Piedmont in North Oakland. It is a small group right
now where everyone is welcome, and they are happy to
teach newbies knitting basics(as are most other groups in our experience).
- A brand new (as of Fall 03) group meets in or near Palo Alto:
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info
write Kristina email@example.com
- CNCH www.cnch.org, the Conference of Northern California
Handweavers, maintains a list of most regional weaving guilds,
which often include
spinning and by extension knitting. Their listings have been recently updated,
and now include many more links to the newsletters of the groups involved.
The annual conference in late March is always worth checking out.
- A group of city spinners
is meeting regularly
on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Park Branch library in SF.
Open to all levels of skill and equipment.
- Another group meets on the edge of the city, at Carolina Homespun
www.carolinahomespun.com, on the
first Monday evenings of the month. This one is special because
Morgaine is the only purveyor of spinning and weaving
equipment in the city, and it's your only chance to actually
try out a specific spinning wheel before you buy one.
- Loom & Shuttle www.loomandshuttleguild.org
is the most weaving oriented of the local guilds. It meets in SF
on the first Saturdays of alternate months. It has kind of off-putting membership
hazing requirements, but does have programs well worth checking out.
spinning and weaving guild, meets the 2nd Thursday of the month in Woodside.
They welcome non-weaving spinners,
or any curious sort really.
- Spindles & Flyers
long time East Bay
spinning guild, meets the 4th Sunday in El Cerrito.
You might have seen them demonstrating
at their usual booth at Stitches, they are always very active at local events.
- The Elkus Ranch danr.ucop.edu/_elkus_ranch
spinning group meets informally every 3rd Saturday of the month,
a few miles South of Half Moon Bay. You can just knit.
- EBHQ www.ebhq.org, the East Bay quilting guild, meets
the last Monday of the month in El Cerrito. They have very exciting
biannual shows in the Spring (2004 is the 'on' year).
- San Francisco Quilters' Guild
www.sfqg.org meets on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month.
- Contemporary Quilters and Fabric Artists. Meet the 1st Saturday of
the month at Fellowship
Hall of Trinity Methodist Church, 748 Mercy St, in Mountain View. (831)338-2245
- Studio Art Quilt Associates
has a Northern California Chapter.
Louise Schiele, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contemporary Textile Artists (of Northern California).
CONTEXT, a local guild which addresses dyeing, fabric painting
and printing, textile design, art quilting, fiber sculpture, felting and the joyful
meld of any or all of these and more. All varieties of fiber/textile artists are
welcome. Meetings are on the first Saturday of even numbered months in
San Francisco, starting officially with the February 1, 2003 meeting. There will be
a speaker at every other meeting and a hands-on type activity at the opposite ones.
- Northern California Silk Artists
in San Francisco. email@example.com (415)826-8248
- South Bay Silk Artists in Los Altos and Santa Cruz meets alternate months Thursday
in Los Altos and Sunday in Santa Cruz. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild
meets the 2nd Saturday of the month
at 10 AM at Immanuel
Lutheran Church, 14103 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga.
email@example.com or (510) 247-0446
- The Embroiderers' Guild of America
has a San Francisco chapter which meets on the 2nd Monday.
- Dharma Trading
in San Rafael is our favorite
old reliable supplier of dyes and dyeing materials in San Rafael.
They are now a just as great but stealth knitting store
(don't ask them to mail order!!)
and teach daily free knitting classes.
- There are a couple good new knitting stores in town which teach
many accessible classes. The Urban Knitting Studio
is on Fell near Gough. Imagiknit
www.imagiknit.com is on
18th and Sanchez.
For that matter, many if not most knitting stores near you have some sort of
classes going on.
Call them, check it out.
- The Sanchez
is in Pacifica, close to hwy 1, and has a nice selection of crafty classes
at affordable prices.
- The Caning Shop
www.caning.com in Berkeley,
teaches chair caning, gourds and basketry
- The Crucible
in Berkeley teaches all kinds of
interesting industrial/artistic classes, metal, glass, you name it.
- The Richmond Art Center
is a well
kept secret, and teaches good weaving classes for a still somewhat reasonable fee.
Lots of studio time available.
- SCRAP is the great
San Francisco recycling center, and we highly
recommend their well-organized fabric scraps. They also occasionally
teach good workshops.
- Stonemountain & Daughter
teaches many great sewing classes.
- The Sewing Workshop
teaches all kinds
of mostly sewing classes.
- [The Harvey Milk Institute has since folded, no more knitting from them.]
- Joy Lily teaches regular and excellent classes
at various locations. Silk painting, shibori, quilting, stamping are some of
her regular offerings. One of her regular locations is the affordable
South SF park & rec center, and many of her classes are nearly free for seniors.
- Karen Livingstone firstname.lastname@example.org teaches batches of really good
dyeing workshops, mostly at her studio in Oakland. Yarn, fabric,
every variety of shibori, she's got something for you.
"Sewing Machine Shop" in Walnut
Creek on Botelho avenue (or street). They have a great list of classes, and they're
particularly good with their sewing machine club meetings.
Museums and galleries
- For best and most current listings, always check
for museums and galleries (well, film too, but never mind that :-)).
- More specifically, look at art listings at
But be aware
that fiber is mostly an afterthought for them.
- San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
always has good quilt shows, from traditional to experimental.
- San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum
usually has very inventive fiber shows. Dried fish gut anyone?
- The California College of Arts & Crafts
www.ccac-art.edu has many interesting events open to the public,
some directly textile-related.
- The De Young Museum
is closed for eons
for so-called renovations. However, the Textile Arts Council keeps having interesting
monthly events, at the Legion of Honor (but $5 over the general admission to the
- The Oakland Museum
often has textile
exhibits, basketry, quilts and weavings etc.
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