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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 meet 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. 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!

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.


DH&SG Summer Break - Stay Tuned!
Next meeting Saturday, September 5, 2020


"Try Something New" Challenge
Zoom Virtual Meeting



We meet Sept. through May during the year, so there are no official meetings over the summer. BUT! We are using this time to "Try Something New" for a show and tell meeting in September. It could be a new structure or draft, or a new material you haven't worked with before. Whatever each member chooses, we want to see everyone stretching outside of their comfort zone and furthering their learning. Our Sept. meeting is bound to be really interesting! So stay tuned - we look forward to seeing everyone's investigations!

Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
Try Something New

2020 - Summer President's Message



The Passing of the Shuttle

Greetings! What have you been up to this summer? Have you been busy weaving, spinning or dyeing? Did you learn a new technique, or take an online class, to generate new creative energy or simply to try something new? It never ceases to amaze me how comforting, peaceful and rewarding it is to create something with our hands. I find the interplay between the technical, mental and physical aspects challenge me, focus my mind and excite me. It usually involves a great deal of problem solving, some spontaneity, and in my case some amount of chance or luck.

Often, I have only a vague idea of what an item will look like when it is finished. Even wonderful tools like weaving software, only convey the cloth you end up with in very broad brush strokes. I keep thinking this might be because I lack oodles of years of experience with weaving, but then I wonder if this happens to experienced weavers as well. Even so, I don’t believe this is a negative thing. I enjoy the fact that some aspect of the final project is still kept secret from me, only to be revealed when I complete all the finishing steps. The surprise of the hand of the fabric after washing, the surprise of the interplay of colors that changes after it is washed and hanging as it will be used, the surprise of how the light reflects or the iridescence. These are surprises that more often than not, make me happy.

I look forward to seeing everyone, virtually, at our meeting in September. Please stay safe and well!

Best regards,
Laura


(Photo: some cotton fabric that I dyed with a technique I learned in an online class)
Pres Mess Image Summer 2020

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!

Sept. 5, 2020

Zoom virtual meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

A Show & Tell of members' explorations into the prompt "Try Something New"..

Oct. 3, 2020

Zoom virtual meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

Catherine Ellis program "The Intersection of Weaving and Dyeing"

Nov 7, 2020

Zoom virtual meeting from 10:00 - 12:00

Taproot presents a program on Uzbek Ikat