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November 3 MEETING

Make a Froebel star (Fröbelstern)

Come make paper stars with us! This 16 pointed star, also known as a Froebel star (Fröbelstern), is made with paper strips and no glue and takes about 10 minutes to fold (once you have made a couple). Bring children to this fun activity. Most of my family learned to make these as children and some even sold them, Lemonade-stand style to make money for gifts.

According to Wikipedia, while Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852), probably didn't invent this paper star, he used paper folding in pre–primary education to conveying simple math concepts. His primary fame is as an educator that founded the Kindergarten concept. The folded star probably dates back long before Froebel.

Lots of bright colored paper will be available to make multiple stars. Bring paper scissors.

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The Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of weaving and the craft of fiber work through education, member activities and mutual support. The Guild promotes fellowship among members with bi-monthly meetings, educational workshops and community demonstrations. The DHSG biennial juried show gives each member an opportunity to show off their latest treasures. We invite you to join us and experience the camaraderie of our members and the interesting topics at one of our general meetings.

Guild members meet odd-numbered months (January, March, May, July, September and November), usually on the first Saturday at 9:30 am, at The Point, Center for Arts and Education on the campus of the CC Young Memorial Home, located at 4829 West Lawther Drive, in East Dallas near White Lake. We enjoy friendships, old and new, and learn from speakers on a wide range of subjects and areas of interest to our members. Each meeting presents a different topic, many times a hands-on topic, and each year our program chairperson tempts members to experiment with a new range of ideas to explore.

If you currently live in North Texas, or plan to visit our area, please join us at one of our regular meetings, or sign up for one of our workshops or special events. For more details, contact us!

Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and our mission is to educate the community about weaving, spinning and the fiber arts. Please utilize the programs below to support the Guild. Thanks to these retail partners, whose collaborative fund-raising programs help to support our mission, and our communities.

2018 - Fall President's Message

Beginner's Mind

I've been weaving a very long time - over 45 years. Weaving is a life long passion for me, and I've explored many pathways: functional items for the home, clothing and fashion, 2D art concept works as well as 3D art concept sculptures. I've woven cloth of various weights and, when introduced to weaving with wire as a warp back in the 90s, have woven hundreds of yards of woven metal fabric. So what is left for me to learn?

Everything! One of the touchstones of my passion is the knowledge that I will never get to the end of "it" in this lifetime. I can pursue different pathways, or "rediscover" old paths in a new way. Sometimes our long time habits can get in our way. I find that these last few months, I want to approach weaving with a beginner's mind. What's a better way to warp, thread the heddles, and tie on to the front beam to begin my fabric? Since opening my mind to new ideas, tools and techniques, I find I am an old dog learning some new tricks!

This is one reason I have undertaken studying Madelyn van der Hoogt's "The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers". Chapter by chapter, she builds on understanding basic structures, beginning with what she calls The Royal Family of weaves: The King - plain weave, The Queen - twill, and The Princess - satin. I made a cursory study of drafting decades ago, but find that I want to go deeper; I want to have a better working knowledge of the structures so I can begin creating some new designs of my own.

No matter where you are on your weaving path, there is always something new to be learned. With our state weaving organization's conference coming up next spring, the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas's 2019 Conference “Treasuring Our past, Discovering Our Future”, there is no time like the present to gear up for some great learning experiences. If you haven't attended a CHT conference before, seriously consider attending the 2019 event!

So give that prefrontal cortex some exercise! Learning NEW things is a healthful activity for your brain. Find an area of your weaving practice you want to delve more deeply into, and enter with beginner's mind. Explore some new ways to expand your weaving, spinning and dyeing practice and have fun at the same time!

Happy Fiber Trails
Christine Miller

Check our Calendar Page for more detailed information!

November 3, 2018

November 3, 2018
General Meeting at C.C. Young, The Point, Meeting Room behind the Fitness Room - 9:30

Laura Herriott will teach us how to make these which make great ornaments for the holidays.

November 30, 2018

Friday Spinners - join the group for spinning, pot luck and friendship! Contact Hinke Schroen for more details.

December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018
Off the Shelf Holiday Pot Luck
7:00 pm
Any member is invited to join us in this lively handmade gift exchange! More details on the calendar page!

December 8, 2018

December 8, 2018
December Meet Up - Join us in a field trip to the Fiber Lady, a fabulous yarn shop that manufactures and sells bamboo yarns and other yummy fibers. 10 am - 12 pm, 438 Southfork Drive, Suite #200, Lewisville, TX 75057
Can't make it between 10 & 12? They are open 10 to 4 - tell them you are with the Dallas Guild!

January 5, 2019

January 5, 2019
General Meeting at C.C. Young, The Point, Meeting Room behind the Fitness Room - 9:30

Christine Miller will give a program "Hop on Social Media" - grab a device and come learn and share!

January 5, 2019

January 5, 2019
Board Meeting
Any member is invited to attend the monthly board meeting which will take place at C.C. Young immediately following the general meeting. End time of meeting approximately 1:00 p.m.

January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019
The Theo Moorman Study Group Meeting will meet at Phyllis Murray's at 7:00 p.m.