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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.


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2020 - November President's Message



Don’t you just love yarn? I do, and I remember loving it from an early age. I loved going to the yarn shop with my Mom, loved making string art in margarine tubs, loved going to Straw Into Gold in Berkeley with my Aunt Dot where they had a warehouse sized space filled with color. It really is magical how it looks different in every form it takes, single strand to skein to ball to knit to woven, with those last two having infinite variety of appearances depending on the stitch or weave structure. I really enjoy having all that magic pass through my hands when I am spinning, winding a warp, winding a ball of yarn, winding a shuttle. There is something about it that brings me joy and connects me with the land, with my family, with our ancestors throughout history, and with all of you.

To continue one little saga, I did finish plying about 750 yards of the handspun that I showed you last newsletter. I have probably another four to five hundred yards of singles of two of the plys, but am about to run out of the blue ply. Now what? Time to spin a different color to ply and make a coordinating yarn. What will I do with it? Who knows, but I’m sure it will let me know when the project is right.

Speaking of yarn, our summer challenge was to try something new and I decided to make yarn on my loom. I made chenille with a simple plain weave base structure. Time consuming? Yes. Messy? Yes. Fun? Yes. I wanted all that fluff under foot, so I wove a rug in Krokbragd. It is so thick and luscious!

Best regards,
Laura



DH&SG Member Off the Shelf Holiday Party
Monday, December 7, 2020
7:00 p.m. via Zoom



What is an Off-the-Shelf Party?

Each year, members gather to exchange gifts under the tree that are handmade from items lying around. Members are encouraged to use something off the shelf, or existing in their stash, to create a small gift to exchange. Members wrap their gifts and place them under the tree. Everyone draws a number and each person gets a turn to select a gift from under the tree or take a gift from someone else that has already opened a gift ahead of them. A gift can only be “stolen” two times. It’s third giftee is safe and the gift cannot be taken away. It is lots of fun!

How will we run the gift exchange at the virtual party?

Everyone joining that completes the prerequisites, has a gift to exchange, and agrees to complete the physical exchange after the party can participate in the exchange. However, you don’t have to bring a gift in order to participate in the party and watch the fun. Everyone is welcome. In short, gift exchange participants will receive a randomly drawn number and take turns selecting a wrapped gift image from an on-screen slide. The gift will be virtually opened, so they can see the picture(s) of the gift. The next person can open a new gift or take a gift from someone else (with the rule that an item can only be taken twice).

What are the prerequisites?

Before the event, each participant will need to submit a picture or pictures of their item and a picture of the wrapped gift, or any wrapped gift, or something with a wrapping essence that will be enticing to the participants (this will be another outlet for your creativity!). Send these to Laura Herriott at dallashandweavers@gmail.com by December 5th. At the party, Laura will show a numbered slide showing the wrapped gifts “under the tree” that are available for selection. Each virtually wrapped gift will be linked to the picture(s) of the gift.

What will happen at the virtual party?

Anyone joining the meeting will join using a Zoom link, If you are participating in the exchange, you will receive a randomly assigned number indicating which order you will select your gift.

What is required after the virtual party?

Those that want to participate in the gift exchange will need to arrange to get their gift to the recipient within a week after the party.

Questions? Give us a shout at dallashandweavers@gmail.com. Looking forward to getting our holiday party on!

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!

Oct. 3, 2020

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

Catherine Ellis program "The Intersection of Weaving and Dyeing"
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Oct. 5, 2020

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

Oct. 24, 2020

DH&SG members invited to the FWWG program by Jennifer Moore
Zoom virtual meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Oct. 30, 2020

Spinners Meeting 11:00 a.m..
Spinners gather virtually for fellowship
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Nov 7, 2020

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

Taproot presents a program on Uzbek Ikat
email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Nov. 9, 2020

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

Nov. 16, 2020

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

Dec. 7, 2020

Off the Shelf Holiday Party 7:00 p.m.
Join us for our wacky members' gift exchange!
Via Zoom - email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.