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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 have met physically 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, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are meeting virtually via Zoom. 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 at dallashandweavers@gmail.com!

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, March 6, 2021
"Decorative Knots"

Zoom Virtual Meeting
DHSG Member Gathering at 9:30 a.m.
Business Meeting & Program to begin around 10:00 a.m.



Cate Buchanan will be presenting a program on decorative knots. Most of us, as weavers, probably cringe at dealing with knots, knowing that it usually means there is an issue. But knots can be beautiful, decorative, functional and fun to create. For the March meeting, we will explore some of these in a hands-on tutorial on knot tying. Details and materials will be shared

Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

Decorative Knots

2021 - March President's Message



I am sure you have been asked “Why weave cloth, when you can buy it for less and it is already made?” Indeed, why do weavers weave, why do spinners spin? Why do we knit or own socks, sweaters and yet another shawl? It has me thinking, similarly why do we bake our own bread, make our own jam, make our own cheese, or make our own shortbread? It is often more expensive than buying it in the store, especially if you add the time spent.

Maybe we bake bread and knits socks for the some of the same reasons we weave and spin. Superior quality and control over recipe and ingredients (or design and materials) come to mind. Or maybe the end goal is for the item to meet a particular purpose or occasion.

But quality, control and purpose seem too simplistic an answer. Our pursuit, I believe, is loftier. I think we have the luxury and privilege of enjoying a more spiritual connection to both the process and the end results of our weaving and spinning - the joy and pride of everything from designing, to choosing and combining colors, to gazing upon the final squishy yarn or finished weaving we have created; or the meditative quality of rhythmically treadling the wheel, treadling the shafts or throwing the shuttle with attention half focused on the task and half wandering to explore new areas of personal growth or understanding; and the learning, problem solving, and often surprise as our ideas and creations either meet our artistic vision or travel their own path to a better than imagined, acceptable, or even failed end result. (Yes, I think we can be joyful we have the privilege of having a failed result, even if it doesn’t feel so great in the moment!)

Admittedly, I have been asked this question and thought they were lobbing a put down within the subtext of the question. But I am kind of thankful that several people have asked it over the years, and unwittingly given me a chance to really examine what motivates me to spin, weave, knit, and bake bread. I can answer that question with more clarity and insight, which hopefully motivates them to try their hand at creating something in whatever corner of the creative space they choose.

Happy spinning, weaving, knitting, baking … stay safe and stay warm!

Laura



2021 CHT Biennial Conference



It's Registration Time!

Our state weaving organization, the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, is holding its biennial conference this summer in San Antonio. For current CHT members, priority registration opens at 7:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2021; open registration for non-members will open Feb. 2, 2021.

This statewide event is so important and beloved, as it brings weavers from all corners of the great state of Texas together for a few days of workshops, seminars, exhibitions, vendors, fun, and fellowship. It's a wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge of weaving and spinning (and a sprinkle of other fiber techniques) whether you are a beginner or experienced. You can preview the location and events of the conference on their Overview Conference 2021 for more info, or you can email the organization at weavetexas@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!


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!

Feb. 26, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m..
Spinners gather virtually for fellowship
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

March 6, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
Cate Buchanan program "Decorative Knots"
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

March 8, 2021

DH&SG Study Group 7:00 p.m.
This year's topic is Double Weave!
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

March 15, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm
Any guild member is welcome to attend
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info

March 26, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m..
Spinners gather virtually for fellowship
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

April 2, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
Daryl Lancaster gives the program
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

April 12, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm
Any guild member is welcome to attend
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info

April 30, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m..
Spinners gather virtually for fellowship
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.