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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, February 6, 2021
"Folding & Design"

Zoom Virtual Meeting
DHSG General Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Program to begin around 10:00 a.m.



Cynthia Bohnenblust and Rebecca Shanks will be presenting Itajime, a form of Shibori, using folding and dyeing techniques to create designs that you will be able to closely duplicate. As we all know the dye many times goes where it wants to, but with this process you have the chance to control your end results more closely. We will cover things that we experimented with that were less successful and what things you can use from around your house to make a notebook of samples. There are 23 samples using the square fold and 26 samples using the triangle fold.

How you folding the paper or cloth is important. We would like for those members who want to experiment with this process to fold both the square and the triangle figures we used to create these samples. There are many other ways to fold but we kept to the 2 basic techniques because we wanted to experiment with one color and two color dyeing series. If you want to you may explore 3 color dyeing on your own.

Supplies for the folding (to be dyed later) ONE of the choices below:
• precut 8” x 10” 100% cotton fabric – an old sheet works well, muslin was tried but was harder to control the dye • 8 1/2” X 11” copy paper – dyes well but fragile opening wet, dry it opens fine. • 11” X 60' washi paper – dyes well, deeper color and less fragile (may not have this at home) we ordered a roll of 11” by 60” for about $12 - $13 and you can get 90 samples out of this.

We will also share a complete list of supplies we used (and the things to avoid) and dos and don’t that we worked through. You can also search the web and find videos of this process. We had lots of fun with this and we think you will too.

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Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
Triangle sample folded
square sample open
square sample folded

2021 - February President's Message



I am often amazed by the ingenuity of a loom. This past month, I put together two very different looms, a complex 16-shaft computerized dobby loom and a very simple rigid heddle loom. Each loom presented me with new challenges as I set them up for a maiden weaving voyage.

The dobby loom was like a puzzle to figure out where all the pieces go. I had an assembly manual, but until you have used the loom for a little bit, it can be hard to understand what piece you are looking for or how it fits into the operation. The rigid heddle was much easier to put together, but still had to consult a manual to determine which side faced up on each of the pieces. Setting up the rigid heddle was also new to me and challenged me to figure out new ways to work. Let me tell you, clamps are your friend!

My experience with these made me think about how it can take some time and a few projects to really get to know and understand a loom. That understanding comes from problem solving across multiple projects. I do love a good problem to solve, and even more so, the satisfaction you get when you have solved it! (I probably could be accused of creating some of my own problems.) Yes, there is some temporary head scratching and discomfort while you wonder if you will ever figure it out. But when you do, it can inspire innovation and how sweet is that?

My enjoyment of weaving is in no small part due to the craftsmanship and problem-solving of many generations of weavers before me, and my hat is off to all those smart people all over the world and throughout time. I hope the inventors of ways to evenly separate warp threads on a weighted loom with a tablet woven header in Egypt enjoyed that light bulb moment. I hope the first person to set up heddles on a stick felt a similar satisfaction. How excited was Jacquard when the first dobby loom started lifting a complex pattern?

Anyone just starting out with weaving, I understand it can be overwhelming and seem complex at times. But I recommend talking to other weavers, getting help when you need it (a great reason to be part of the guild), being patient and kind to yourself, laugh, and enjoy the problem solving. It is great for your brain and your self-esteem.

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!

Jan. 2, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
Gloria Haefner-Gatti program "Color by Number"
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Jan. 8, 2021

Roc Day Spinners Gathering
Zoom virtual meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Jan. 11, 2021

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

Jan. 25, 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.

Jan. 29, 2021

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

Feb. 6, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
Fold & Design by Cynthia Bohnenblust and Rebecca Shanks
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Feb. 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

Feb. 26, 2021

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