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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, April 3, 2021
Artist Lecture with Daryl Lancaster

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



From Peter's Valley School of Crafts on YouTub, we will have an inspirational, in-depth lecture by Daryl Lancaster. She is a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her hand-woven garments, and has been sewing for more than 50 years. Daryl gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven magazine, she frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and contributes regularly to Threads magazine. Daryl maintains a blog at www.weaversew.com/wordblog 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.

Daryl Lancaster

2021 - April President's Message



Have you ever experienced weaver’s block, the weaving analog of writer’s block? I have had a touch of weaver’s block lately. Why does it happen? What are the symptoms? What is the cure?

I don’t know exactly what brings it on, but a few possibilities that might trigger my weaver’s block are:
- Too many ideas floating around
- Weather, maybe gray clouds or higher barometric pressure?
- Too much clutter in my work space
- Self-imposed limits of using up stash or finishing up other projects
- Judgement of the worthiness of a project, is it challenging enough?
- Difficulty of a project, maybe some aspect that I am not looking forward to?
Do you ever get weaver’s block? What do you think trigger’s it for you?

And the symptoms I can only describe as a weaving restlessness. Restlessness manifests sometimes in not weaving anything. However if I do weave something, somehow I feel disconnected from it.

Is there a cure? Maybe. I think there are things you can do to move out of a block.
- Take a vacation - get away from the equipment and fiber for a bit and take in new scenery
- Get some inspiration, go to a museum or look at artwork or weavers creations that you admire
- Get some sunshine, take a walk
- Focus on another interest, baking, spinning, basketry, knot tying, paper folding, etc.
- Write down your ideas in a notebook , so they don’t float around in your head and create a cacophony
- Shop for a new yarn that is exciting and you want to try out
- Remind yourself there are no weaving police, you can weave what you feel like weaving in any given moment
- Get a location on your curiosity and ask yourself, what happens if I do this …
- Trust that the restlessness will eventually go away
- Talk with a weaving friend. Sometimes a little encouragement is all that is needed.

The photo shows my first attempt at a network draft using a material I have never used before. The draft is from Marian Stubenitsky’s book “Weaving with Echo and Iris” on page 18. The material is rayon chenille, which I have wanted to try for a long time, but have never used before. This project broke several limitations I had unconsciously placed on myself, and while not completely curing my weaver’s block, it has moved me in the right direction. I think the sunny spring weather and the change of the clock to have more light later in the day is taking care of any remnants.

Hoping you all have a wonderful Spring and avoid weaver’s block!

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!


Friday, March 26, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m..

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship
Via Zoom

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

Daryl Lancaster gives the program

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Monday, 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

Friday, April 30, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m.

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship Via Zoom

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Zoom virtual general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

DH&SG Study Group Show & Tell on double weave

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Monday, May 10, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm

Any guild member is welcome to attend

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info

Friday, May 28, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m.

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship Via Zoom

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.