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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.

Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

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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 - May President's Message



Our fiscal year is coming to a close at the end of May and it is time to renew your membership for the 2019/2020 Guild year. It's very convenient to do it online or bring a check to the May 4 guild meeting.

We have some wonderful developments for our Guild! Thanks to the hard work of Laura Herriott, Cynthia Bohnenblust, Rebecca Shanks, Linda Fleming, Chandell Straley, and Christina Smith, we have relocated our physical library to our storage unit at Central Expressway and Forest Lane. And, it is now searchable in the digital database of Library Thing! Members have already been sent their Library Thing login information. Not a member? This is a wonderful benefit of membership, as many of our library items are out of print. So go check out what we have and put something on hold! I have!

Another big news announcement is the addition of more general meetings for the 2019/2020 Guild calendar year. Please put these on your calendar now, and stay tuned for the exciting programs we have in store for you. Always on the 1st Saturday of the month, our general meetings will be: Sept., Oct., Nov. (no Sat meeting in Dec.; we host our Off the Shelf handmade gift exchange at someone's home), Jan., Feb., Mar., April, and May. We are excited about having more time together to learn and create some wonderful items with hands on programs.

The CHT conference in Fort Worth is at the end of May! This is going to be a fabulous conference right here in our own back yard, so take advantage and sign up - you can still register. 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.

Hope those looms are humming with beautiful creations for the members' exhibit at CHT. I will see you there!

Happy Fiber Trails!
Christine Miller

A benefit of membership is having access to our wonderful library of books, magazines, periodicals, and equipment that you can rent! The screen below links to our digital library and randomly scrolls through our collection. See a book you're interested in?

• Click on a cover and it will take you to our library, or
• Click on the DHSG Library at the top of the screen to go to our library, or
• Click on the Library Thing icon at the top of the home page to go to our library.

With your membership ID and special library passcode, you can reserve and check books out. Join today!

Check our Calendar Page for more detailed information!

Deadline for May Newsletter - 4/15/19

Want to add something to our bimonthly newsletter? Contact our Newsletter Editor for more information.

May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019
General Meeting at C.C. Young, The Point, Meeting Room behind the Fitness Room - 9:30

Special program about Bauhaus Article and Theo Moorman Study Group Show & Tell

May 4, 2019

May 4, 2019
Board Meeting
Any member is invited to attend the monthly board meeting immediately following the general meeting.

May 31, 2019

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