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The Western Textile Center Association

Celebration of Textiles temporary exhibitionThe Western Textile Center Association (WTCA) has been associated with the San Bernardino County Museum for many years as the friends group for the museum's Western Textile Center Collection. Members include weavers, needle artists, spinners, knitters, beaders, lace makers, and many other fiber artists. Membership can be on an individual basis (see below) or through membership in an affiliate subgroup (see list below). Affiliate subgroups offer classes and workshops and assist the History Division with the Western Textile Center collections. Members volunteer many hours to support collections and the public through workshops and lectures, exhibits, special events, fundraising, work on cataloging and care of the various textile collections, and assistance in obtaining donations of textiles and textile equipment. Others volunteer in our Western Textile Center Library.

Spinning demonstration in museum courtyardWithout the generous help of the WTCA and its affiliate subgroups the museum would be without its key textile collections, the ability to care for and exhibit them at the level we can currently provide, and stimulating, creative programming for the public.

The four affiliate subgroups are active, creative, and stimulating fiberarts organizations always looking for others interested in the textile world. They meet at the museum on the dates given below. For more information about membership, please contact the individual groups.

Western Textile Center Association (WTCA)

Membership: Marg Polich

WTCA Affiliate Subgroups

  • Bedazzled Beaders Society

    Membership: Hilary Cable (use "Bead Society" in subject line) or (909) 899-7849

    Meeting time: 4th Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

  • Inland Empire Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA)

Membership: Barbara Swalley or Pat Correz, (909) 875-6698

Meeting time: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Membership: Suzanne Chappell, (909) 794-3470

Meeting time: 2nd Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. September - June

  • San Bernardino Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG)

Membership: Barbie Jo Bonnett, (909) 370-2733; Diane Ackley, (909) 875-6698

Meeting time: 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

 

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