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When 4 (or 6…or8…or 16) Blocks are NOT Enough! Single Two-Tie Pick-up Weaving

Single two-tie unit weaves are a great way to stretch the capabilities of your loom. Designing with blocks gives very graphic expanded designs on a limited number of harnesses. But what do you do if the motif you’ve designed has 12 blocks - or 16…or doesn’t ever repeat at all? Then it’s time to try this easy, single two-tie pick-up technique. Able to be woven on any single two-tie block harness arrangement (harness 1, pattern harness, harness 2, same pattern harness), this technique allows you to weave figures and patterns you may not be able to weave with a loom-controlled structure. At the meeting this month, we will explore the technique on pre-warped looms and you will have the opportunity to try some simple patterns. If you have a table loom or small portable loom you would like to bring, please warp it in your favorite summer and winter tie-up, or simply use the same block across the full width. Equipment is minimal – all you need is two shuttles, one thicker weft yarn, one thinner weft yarn, a skinny knitting needle or other thin dowel (slightly wider than the width of the warp) and a warped loom. There will be some simple motifs available to try, but if you are feeling motivated, bring a cartoon or print-out of your own design. Contact Cate Buchanan if you have any questions about warping prior to the meeting.

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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.

2019 - March President's Message



Doldrums of Winter/Promise of Spring

It’s been cold and rainy the last few days, and I’ve been housebound with flu, and seeing lots of illness posts on social media! I hope you have escaped the many bugs floating around! Maybe you have been hunkered down at the loom or wheel, creating and being productive. I have been just the opposite, not enough energy to tackle making a warp or weaving on the loom. I think we all have periods when our fiber mojo is stalled out, and though it is frustrating, I know I will turn the corner soon and be back at it with gusto.

The promise of Spring can help you reinvigorate during the doldrums of winter. I’m signed up to take Laura Viada’s workshop on Transparencies in Houston at the end of March. That will be here before I know it! I’m also participating in the Dallas Pottery Invitational with handwovens for the table in April, so those looms need to get busy again soon! And, the CHT conference in Fort Worth is at the end of May! I’m registered and now need to spring into action to have a piece for the members’ exhibit. There will be a fabulous field trip to Perennials Fabrics one evening, and I’m super excited about the seminars I’ve chosen to attend at the CHT conference.

This is also a good time to sign up for the Elisabeth HIll workshop, "Off the Grid", Sept. 27-29/2019. Feeling hemmed in by the ho hum of parallels and perpendiculars? Join me in an adventure out of the straight and narrow! In an on-loom, round-robin format we will weave multiple samples in structures that allow the warp and weft to shift and move, creating a dizzying array of curves, undulations and textures. We will discuss techniques and tips for weaving these structures, do drafting exercises and examine many fabric samples. Reserve your spot now by putting a deposit down now. Members and non-members of DH&SG are eligible to enroll.

What do you have on your calendar for the upcoming months? If it’s empty, go ahead and remedy that by signing up for a learning experience, or make sure to attend our regular meetings or our casual Meet Ups! Our Meet Up last Saturday was fun and productive! 3 DH&SG members wove sample fabric for the CHT newsletter, and we used the Meet Up to cut our samples up and mount them to the information sheet. What we thought would take a big chunk of time went very quickly with many hands. Share what’s going on in your fiber world on our Facebook page or post on Instagram and tag us! Keep on keeping on! Spring is just around the corner!

Happy Fiber Trails
Christine Miller

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Meet Up - February 9, 2019

Join us for a casual fiber friendly hangout at the Whole Foods in Dallas at Preston Rd. & Forest Ln. from 10-12. Bring a project, question, or show & tell!

February 22, 2019

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

March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019
General Meeting at C.C. Young, The Point, Meeting Room behind the Fitness Room - 9:30

When 4 (or 6…or8…or 16) Blocks are NOT Enough! Single Two-Tie Pick-up Weaving

March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019
The Theo Moorman Study Group Meeting will meet at Phyllis Murray's at 7:00 p.m.

March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019
Board Meeting
Any member is invited to attend the monthly board meeting which will take place at Chris Miller's house at 7:00 p.m..

April 13, 2019

April 13, 2019
Meet Up - 10:00 - 12:00
Upstairs at the Whole Foods, Preston & Forest, Dallas, TX

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

Deadline for May Newsletter - 4/15/19

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