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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, October 3, 2020


"The Intersection of Weaving and Dyeing with Catharine Ellis" Challenge
Zoom Virtual Meeting


DHSG General Meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Guest lecturer's video presentation to start at 11:00 am



Although weaving and dyeing are two distinct textile skills, through the combination and integration of these processes one can vastly expand their design vocabulary. The result is a more complex and personalized finished textile. Applications for these weave/dye combinations include ikat, woven shibori, and cross dyeing. The primary focus of this talk will be the use of natural dyes, but synthetic dye use is also applicable. Catharine will share her thought process, her dye choices, and talk about the evolution of her woven and dyed work over more than 40 years.

Bio:
Catharine Ellis has been making textiles for over 40 years. Her work most often combines both weaving and dyeing. She taught the Professional Crafts Fiber Program at Haywood Community College for 30 years. For the last dozen years, her focus has been primarily on natural dyeing as she continues to research and develop new applications for the use of natural colorants in her own textiles and for her teaching. Catharine is the author of Woven Shibori, (Interweave Press, 2005, 2015) and The Art and Science of Natural Dyes (Schiffer Press, 2019) with co-author Joy Boutrup. Her work has been exhibited in venues worldwide and she teaches internationally. Catharine’s current “Garden Series” combines plant dyes harvested from her garden with her weaving

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Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
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2020 - October President's Message



It finally cooled off! I do love a good rain, although I wasn’t too happy about a couple of leaks. Leaks aside, the rain and cool weather make me feel cozy and ready to do some quiet and contemplative things. I started spinning again after a long break. I have two lovely teal, gold, maroon, and blue hand-dyed silk-merino fiber braids. I finished the two braids a few days ago, and I am going to ply that with some blue polwarth that I think will go well with it. Of course, I have to spin the polwarth first!

Spinning is a great time for me to think about other projects. I have been thinking about what I want to do for the double weave study group; thinking about how I will resolve some hurdles with my dress form project; and I have been thinking about the garden and tackling some wayward weeds, removing the poor plants that didn’t make it through the heat, and generally welcoming the cooler weather to be outside. All of that conflicting with my grand plans to make Christmas gifts for everyone on my list.

To avoid the conflict in my head, I’ll just keep spinning. I don’t know what I will do with my yarn, but I can’t wait to ply it and see how this combination looks.

Best regards,
Laura


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



It's time to get those wheels whirring and those looms beating away! No pandemic is going to spoil our annual Off the Shelf Holiday Party! So save the date, get those creative juices flowing, and create something worthy of fighting over! The gift exchange can get a little heated, since any gift can be stolen 2 times before it is locked down to it's new owner. Anything handmade is an appropriate gift to bring to the party, such as handwoven hand towels, scarves, runners, table mats, hand knitted socks...you get the idea.

We will meet via Zoom on the 7th (login info will be coming), so set up your device by your Christmas tree or holiday decorations, BYOB of cheer, and settle down for a virtual exchange. Email a photo of your gift to Chris Miller NO LATER than Saturday, 12/5/20 midnight at chris.keithmiller@gmail.com. She will assemble a PPT presentation that will be shared with the group for viewing. You are welcome to send an overall shot as well as a detail shot of your gift. We will go over the exchange rules the evening of the party, and the gift you are lucky enough to get will be mailed or dropped off to you from your gifted.

Questions? Give Chris a shout. 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.

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.