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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's exhibits give 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 September through May on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am. We meet 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.


General Meeting
Saturday, November 2, 2019


Weaving with an Ondulé Reed



Margaret Arafat of the Fort Worth Weaving Guild will give our program about ondulé reeds. An ondulé or fan reed is no longer a total mystery to the weaving community; knowing how to use one, however, is another thing. If you’ve never seen one (or really don’t know what one is), you can learn a bit about this unique weaving tool during the program at the November 2nd Guild Meeting. She will explain some of the challenges a weaver faces with an ondulé reed from designing to finishing a woven piece, challenges that move beyond weaving with a conventional reed. She will also bring samples and finished pieces, some of which you may have seen, some new. In addition, Margaret will demonstrate how to use the reed on her table loom, and then give you the chance to try weaving with it. Come take a quick ride down the slippery slope that she finds so rewarding.

We always have a "clothesline" show and tell segment in our meeting! Bring your latest creation and strut your stuff!


Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

2019 - November President's Message



Finally! The weather has shifted into cooler temperatures and I know everyone feels relief from the non-stop warm days. It’s so fun to get those sweaters, jackets, and handwoven scarves out! Our December holiday party, “Off the Shelf” will be here before you know it! It will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Rebecca Shanks’ house in Grapevine. We will have more detailed info about this event, but it’s time to get busy and create something hand woven, hand spun, hand knitted, or hand crocheted to exchange with the party participants! It’s always a fun night, in spite of stealing coveted gifts away from each other! So get those looms, wheels, and hands humming with new creations!

We just wrapped up a great weaving workshop with Elisabeth Hill, “Off the Grid”, and the participants came away with samples and knowledge galore! Always fun learning something new and exploring magical ways our warp and weft yarns can interlace to create exciting fabric. There’s another learning opportunity coming up…the registration will be opening in mid-November to sign up for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Art Camp which is in March of 2020! This is so much fun! Attendees hang out at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX enjoying the fellowship of their fiber friends. You can also register for a 2 day class to take to learn a new technique or process, and continue your learning in the evenings at the informal classes that take place. Check the CHT website for more details.

Lastly, Mr. Miller and I invite you to visit our collaborative art exhibit, “Beneath the Surface”, a coral reef installation which opens 11/2/2019 and runs through 1/5/2020. More info about the exhibit here. Lots of fiber techniques are used for the fiber sculptures including my favorite, woven metal fabric. Keep those creative juices flowing!

Christine Miller

President

Happy Fiber Trails!
Christine Miller

Benefits of Membership to DH&SG



• Make new fiber friends!
• Participate in our Study Group and learn new weaving structures and techniques!
• Have priority registration to workshops
• Improve your skills in one of our Meet Ups, like the Last Friday Spinners
• Get a mentor and have access to the expertise skills of our members
• Attend our holiday Off the Shelf party and swap for a wonderful handcrafted item
• Exhibit your work in one of our public exhibitions


Another benefit of membership is having access to our wonderful library of books, magazines, periodicals, and equipment that you can rent! The screen to the right 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.

Connect to a community that keeps growing and learning! Join today!

Check our Calendar Page for more detailed information!

November 2, 2019

General Meeting at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 Belt Line Rd., Richardson - 9:30 - 12:00

Learn about ondulé reeds, what they are and what they can produce.

December 9, 2019

Off the Shelf Holiday Pot Luck

This member party is a pot luck, gift exchange at Rebecca Shanks' house at 7:00 p.m. Bring a handmade gift and join in the fun!