Return to Sender is back at the 2020 CNCH Conference - Details Below

The Return to Sender gallery has a longstanding tradition at CNCH. in every even numbered year the conference makes fiber available for sale in the conference colors for that year. These are distributed via the guild liaisons or the U.S. Mail. 

When they have been converted to a different form by spinning or felting, they are sent back in as gallery entries.

Here are the ground rules:

Ordering Packets: To put all guilds and guild members on the same footing with fiber packet delivery, orders will be taken individually, first come, first served. The packets will then be mailed out in a batch to each guild liaison. This helps us save on shipping costs and trips to the post office. [there are only 100 packets available. They will be shipped 10/31/19]

Packet Contents: Fiber packets are 2 oz of delightfully spinnable fleece, processed with love by Morro Bay Fleece Works. Colors are green (for the SF Bay), blue (for the California sky) and red (for the art in our hearts). 

Adding Fibers to Your Entry: You may add an equivalent amount, by weight) of some other fiber(s) of your choice.

Cost: Cost is $10 per packet, which includes mailing in the batch to your CNCH representative, or $15 per packet if you missed that bus or don’t belong to a CNCH guild.

Order Procedure: Fill out an entry form here for your submission and mail your check according to the instructions on the entry form..

Entering the Gallery: To enter your creation in the Return to Sender Gallery, follow the instructions on the CNCH 2020 website here.  Check back in if the information you want isn’t on the website yet. There is a $5 fee for each gallery entry. If you know what you’ll be doing with the yarn after you spin it, whether weaving or knitting or something else, fill in that line on the form. It will help the judge evaluate the yarn’s suitability

Packet quantities are limited and they usually sell out. Get your order in soon. We are limiting packets to one per person. If extras are available, we’ll put out the word through the guild liaisons.

Bear in mind that CNCH 2022 will be looking for these in their Return of Return to Sender. So you might want to consider spinning with a weaving or knitting project in mind.



What: Buttons Galore with Dorothy Yuki When: Wednesday, November 13, 1:30 PM 5:00 PM

Where: Aptos Village Park Clubhouse

Skill Level: Beginning through Advanced Class size: minimum 10, maximum 20

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Learn how to make three versions of button necklaces from your button stash. Instructor will provide generous stash for participants and you can add to it from your own collection. MOST SUPPLIES PROVIDED. Bring your own scissors. 

Fees: $27 General Registration is now open. Contact Mibs Somerville to sign up.


What: Introduction to Art Yarn Spinning with Brenda Collins When: Wednesday, January 15, 12 - 6 p.m.

Where: Aptos village Park Clubhouse

Skill Level: must have ability to spin and ply a basic yarn Class size: 2-10


Students will learn some simple techniques that make spectacular yarns, thread plying, wrapping, how to add beads and perhaps some tail spinning.

Required Equipment and Supplies: Spinning wheel with bulky flyer/large orifice** / Any additional fiber you want, although fiber is included in workshop kit / Hand carders / Notebook and pen / Comfortable chair with pad 

**Small orifice OK and instructor will guide process

Fees: $30 deposit* + $20 for yarn kit [Brenda will also have additional supplies for sale] *Cost of room rental wasn't firm in early estimate so final fee TBA.

General Registration is now open. Workshop is full but waiting list spaces available--no deposit necessary to be waiting. Contact Mibs Somerville to sign up.



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29th January - 12th February 2020

Join us and experience India's incredible textile culture.

Your guide will be world-renowned textile scholar, artist, and curator, Yoshiko Wada.

Price per person is £6,195.00 [$761 USD] including domestic Indian flights, accommodation, museum entry, expert guide for the full trip, local guides, local transport and meals. This total cost is excluding international flights, insurance and visas.



2020 DEPARTURE Weavers’ Trail, Bhutan : 7 March - 24 March 2020


  • Experience first-hand the unique textile traditions of Bhutan in the company of Sue Lawty, one of Britain’s foremost textile artists

  • Meet local weavers and learn about the rich Bhutanese culture of spinning and weaving

  • Visit small villages and stay in homestay accommodation to experience life with a Bhutanese family

  • See Bhutan’s cultural highlights, join the revelries at a colourful local festival and enjoy walks in the beautiful Bhutanese countryside


    APRIL 3-5, 2020 — CNCH — Hyatt Regency San Francisco

    More information coming soon!



May 14-25, 2020 [with option of additional 4 day pre-cruise]

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For several years we have been leading an annual Textile Tour around the stunning Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, which stretch eastwards from Bali. Next year’s tour will be our most extensive itinerary to date.

We will be offering an optional 4 day pre-cruise tour on Timor and Flores, followed by a 12 day cruise taking in the islands of Flores, Lembata, Ternate, Alor, Pantar, Savu, Raijua, Sumba and Rinca.

Every day we will be visiting weaving communities, enjoying exclusive demonstrations of their spinning, dyeing and weaving techniques – including the fascinating supplementary warp used on Sumba in which the patterns are recorded on sticks.

This is also a great trip for those whose partners are not addicted to textiles as we sail through spectacular scenery, visit some amazing villages, get to see inside clan houses, enjoy snorkelling and a beach barbecue, and meet royalty - not to mention the Komodo dragons!

Our boat, the Ombak Putih, has 11 cabins for guests. Therefore we can take 22 people but it’s actually usually 16-18.

For additional information visit the tour website or email Asian Textile Studies.


July 24-30, 2020 — HANDWEAVER’S GUILD OF AMERICA Convergence® Knoxville, Tennessee

Registration is going to open earlier than ever: October 1, 2019 for general registration. And as always, HGA is pleased to offer priority registration to our Fiber Trust supporters. Your gift of $100 or more to the Fiber Trust offers you many advantages, including Priority Convergence Registration. Donors who have given $100 or more since January 1, 2019 will be eligible to register on September 24, 2019, and donors who have given $300 or more since January 1, 2019 will be eligible to register even earlier on September 17, 2019. For more information see the HGA website.