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Welcome!

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.


A Special Note about our meetings for the 21/22 meeting year:

Many of our members are vaccinated and things are beginning to open back up to allow some face to face meetings. Some of our meetings will have face to face gatherings, but we may not be able to meet at CC Young until the beginning of 2022. Please watch our site carefully on the calendar page as we update meeting locations, as they might be different one month to the next. We are moving to a hybrid meeting platform, which will include Zoom links when we meet face to face in order to allow many more members to attend if they can't be there physically. Stay tuned and email us with any questions at dallashandweavers@gmail.com

General Meeting, Saturday, September 4, 2021
DH&SG Members' Challenge Show & Tell

Face to Face AND a real time Zoom Virtual Meeting will be streamed
DHSG Member Gathering at 9:30 a.m.
Business Meeting & Program to begin around 10:00 a.m.



The Dallas Handweavers & Spinners Guild has a summer challenge to work on for the September meeting! Find a photo that you have taken or that you are inspired by, and interpret that photo into a woven cloth or fiber expression. Chris Miller is tipping her hand with the project she is working on in the photos below. Get your photos ready and start planning your project now! You can choose any structure or kind of fiber interpretation. We are working on securing the location, and will announce it closer to the meeting. Keep an eye on the website for more info to come!

Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

DD Inspiration
Member Challenge Inspiration
DD Stubenitsky Source
Draft selection from Marian Stubenitsky's Double Twist - deflected double weave
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Redfish Dyeworks Silk waiting to be woven!
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Drawdown of weaving - can't wait to see it in person!

2021 Summer President's Message



Summer is here and it is steamy and rainy as I write this at the beginning of June. Cool fibers come to mind and I happen to have a pound of fine (28/2) snow white linen and even finer (21/1) natural linen. So here I go, getting myself into good trouble again!

I put on a warp for 9 yards in a straight twill at 36 ends-per-inch. This is going to become a set of formal napkins with a couple of yards extra for sampling and playing .... I think. There are so many fun things to do with a straight twill. A weaver’s candy store!I I even designed a few myself, which was an interesting exercise requiring lots of adjustments to make the design stick to shorter floats (I don’t want a fork to catch in the napkins.)

How’s it going you ask? Well I got all 704 threads through the heddles and reed without issue. I am using a lot of painters tape as extra hands these days. It is meditative and I have fun listening to music. Checked the threading and that was fine. Had to fix a few threads that were crossed between heddles and reed, and while I had been going through the trouble of untying my lashed on bouts at the front to fix the crossed threads, this time I cut them near the knot and added some extra thread and tied them back to the lashing. That saved me a lot of trouble readjusting my tension! Why didn’t I think of this before? I love solving problems and getting better each time!

I have woven my first couple of inches. Now I am getting nervous and excited! The plain weave I could only achieve 32 picks-per-inch even though the weft is finer, and the plain weave shows reed marks and is kind of sheer. Is the picks-per-inch okay? Will the reed marks settle out when I wash them? The answer is “Laura, that is why you put on extra warp for samples. Then you fix the problems before proceeding. No, it is not another napkin to be had, and it is not a waste.” How funny is it that I have to give myself that lecture … repeatedly!

And then the twill. Yikes, it is beating in at 73 picks-per-inch. Uh-oh, this is going to be a very long project. Why didn’t I think of that? A small amount of panic is setting in - should I maybe do one or two and take the warp off and put it back on later when I feel like it? Should I set up my other looms with spare projects to have a variety and some quick projects? We’ll see what happens.

The little bit of the one pattern I have started with is really pretty. Seeing the cloth form as you weave never ceases to amaze me. Hopefully that will get me through the sampling and on to completion of the napkins.

Have a great summer spinning, weaving & dyeing!
Laura Herriott

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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!


June 1, 2021

Start of the Membership Year

Click Here to join or renew!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:30 a.m..

Spinners gather face to face & virtually for fellowship

You do not have to be a spinner to attend & hang out!

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

NEW Saturday Spinners Meeting! at 10:30 a.m.

Spinners gather face to face & virtually for fellowship

You do not have to be a spinner to attend & hang out!

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm

Any guild member is welcome to attend

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info


Saturday, August 21, 2021

DH&SG Field Trip to
Fancy Fibers

Participants will gather at Hinke's house at 9:30 for carpooling.

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:30 a.m.

Spinners gather face to face & virtually for fellowship

You do not have to be a spinner to attend & hang out!

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Hybrid general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

Members' Summer Challenge show & tell! Location TBD - watch the website!

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Zoom general meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

L’Amour de Maman - Acadian Weaving by Melissa Weaver Dunning

email dallashandweavers@gmail.com for more info.