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Come join us for our first gathering of the year!

There is a lot of exciting developments in the fiber world, and utilizing social media to follow artists and trends is a great way to stay in the loop. This meeting will focus on several social media platforms that have a broad fiber presence. If you haven't been using social media, we will help you get connected and start exploring who's out there! If you are already on social media and have some favorites you keep tabs on, bring that info to share. If you've never been to one of our gatherings, come check us out and find out about our happenings and events. We start at 9:30 with refreshments and social time, have a quick business meeting at 10:00, then onto to our social media platform exploration. Hope to see you Saturday!

Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

Welcome!

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 - January President's Message



Mentoring our Young

One of the primary missions of the Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild as a 501c3 non-profit organization is to promote and encourage an interest in the fiber arts, and educate individuals and the broad community in activities and techniques, specifically those related to hand weaving and hand spinning. I am a recently retired public school art educator and I made a point to bring fibers into my art curriculum through a small weaving studio that I set up in my classroom. Last summer, our Guild received a donation of a truck full of looms and weaving equipment, which we accepted with the goal of getting those looms out into the community for children and adults to explore the joys of weaving.

It wasn’t long after my “retirement” from the art classroom that a Visiting Artist opportunity popped up for me at an elementary school in the Plano Independent School District, Brinker Elementary. Alison Adame, the school’s art educator, approached me about presenting a Fibers program to the entire school. We planned a presentation that included me talking about the importance of fibers in the 21st century. I took my own small floor loom, demonstrated weaving on a wire warp, and left one of the Guild’s donated looms in her classroom for the kids to weave on.

In advance of my visit, Alison created a strong, vertical fibers program for her K-5 students, with various weaving projects that were appropriate for each age group so they would have some connection to the presentation. They wove with paper, created radial mandalas on a paper plate looms, and made pouches on small cardboard looms that the older students made. I set up the loaner LeClerc table loom with bookmarks for the kids to weave on.

The first donated loom is out, and the exciting news is there are two more PISD elementary schools that are working on brining me in for the fibers presentation and a loaner loom. Here’s what Alison has to say about having a loom placed in her classroom, “Having a table loom in our art room sends a clear message to our students – we are serious weavers. They know that each year we will weave at least two different creations on student-made looms, plus a work on this professional loom. I love that they get to se a variety of ways to make beautiful weavings.”

I’m super excited about the potential of this program, and wanted to share it with our fiber community. It’s the Dallas Guild’s mission to get more looms placed in k-12 art classrooms. If you know of an art educator that might be interested, please contact us at dallashandweavers@gmail.com.

Happy Fiber Trails
Christine Miller

Check our Calendar Page for more detailed information!

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.

January 25, 2019

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

February 9, 2019

February 9, 2019
Meet Up - 10:00 - 12:00
Upstairs at the Whole Foods, Preston & Forest, Dallas, TX

Join us in an informal gathering of fiber friends & projects! Bring your UFOs (unfinished projects) and get some work done!

Deadline for March Newsletter - 2/11/18

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