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Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild

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 meetings Sept. through May, 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.

If you currently live in North Texas, or plan to visit our area, please join us at our regular meetings, or sign up for workshops or special events.
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Guild members meet September through May on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am. We meet 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 Rock Lake.  We also meet virtually via Zoom for members who can’t attend in person. 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.

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 Membership Meeting

Saturday, November 5, 2022

The Art of Transparency Weaving with Laura Viada

Meeting will be face-to-face & Zoom
Program will begin at 10:00 am.

Transparencies are fun to weave and present a wealth of opportunities for expression and design. A close relative of the tapestry, the distinguishing characteristic of the transparency is the contrast between opaque areas of pattern inlay and the sheer background cloth. Transparencies can be stand-alone art pieces, or they can be functional items such as window coverings, table linens, and wearables. This lecture will cover the basics – yarn choices, sett, weaving tips and techniques, and design sources, sources and methods, and considerations such as finishing, use, and presentation.

Using linen, silk, cotton, and metallic threads as her “paints,” Laura Viada creates visually complex works using the simple elements of geometric form and the interaction of color. Laura employs many different weaving techniques, but her “go to” favorites are diversified plain weave and transparency. She has taught both topics widely over the last 15 years, including three Convergences and numerous regional conferences.

November 2022 President's Message

Our intrepid early morning volunteers at Mohawk Elementary.

Hi everyone!  

This fall has been a busy one for the guild!  In September we had our first Learning Lab on Exhibiting your Work; a group met to sort and review photos from our 50 years as a guild so they can be digitized; a group met to look at our books in the library; we had our first study group meeting on weft faced weaves; we had a wonderful workshop weaving a basket; we worked at Fiber Fest winding yarn into cakes and last but not least, the spinners (and others) met. In October, we had an outstanding meeting on sustainability, an opportunity to join the Philly and NY guild for one of their movie nights, participated in Pioneer day at Mohawk Elementary in Richardson, had our first Rigid Heddle Club meeting, and the spinners have gotten together at Heritage Farmstead.  Phew! 

I am so happy to see that the guild is getting out into the community and that members have a chance to get together to learn and inspire one another!  It is also a great way to get to know other members of the guild!

I know that the next few months will be busy with everyone and their families.  I hope that you will set aside Monday, December 5 to come to our Off The Shelf party at my house.  It is always fun to get together with others who share your passions.  Bring a dish and something you have made from your “shelf” to exchange.  It is always a fun time!

Linda

Benefits of Membership to DH&SG

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?

With your guild membership ID, you can reserve and check books out. Connect to a community that keeps growing and learning! Join today!