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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.
Contact us for more details.

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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, February 4, 2023

Are you interested in weaving history?
Join us as we hear Justin Squizzero’s talk on Weaving Before the Revival!

Meeting will be face-to-face & Zoom
Program will begin at 10:00 am.
“The Arts & Crafts revivals of the 20th century transformed the tools and techniques of contemporary American handweaving. This talk looks at the nuts and bolts of how cloth was woven when handweaving existed in the world of trade by tracing a web from start to finish.”
“Handweaver Justin Squizzero challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age.”
If your last name starts with L - M, please bring snacks!

As you know by now, our apron challenge was so successful we will be showing a second round of aprons at the February meeting. If you are presenting your apron, please send a photo and brief description to [email protected]
We are also launching movie night Sunday, March 12th from 7pm – 8pm via Zoom. Kate O’Hara from the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers will be in attendance helping us launch this new program. At movie night we will be exploring the work of a well-known fiber artist through videos and slides. The New York and Philadelphia Guilds have generously provided us all their curated presentations, and we hope to make this a regular event.

Lastly, if you have a particular request for a program for the 23-24 calendar year, please contact me and I will take it into consideration. These decisions will be made by mid-March. You can reach me at [email protected]

Can’t wait to see all of you!

Katherine

February 2023 President's Message

The basket on the left is Saturday’s basket and the basket on the right is Friday’s basket.

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Hi Everyone!

I recently spent two wonderful days at the Red River Basket Meet making a couple of baskets.  I made my very first basket 4 years ago at the Red River Basket Meet, but I had not made any since then until October when I took Rebecca’s workshop.  Then in January I made a small market basket with the DFW Basket Guild.  Each time I make a basket I feel like my skills get a little bit better and I learn a little bit more and some of it I even remember!! 

So the last 2 days I was feeling a little skittish.  I am still very much a beginner.  I had wonderful teachers each day and I actually finished 2 baskets.  The first class on Friday was with a guy from Missouri who chops down white oak trees and makes his own reed!  He learned how to do this from his father.  The baskets are amazing and they smell so good!

On Saturday, I took another class and made a HUGE basket.  I love how it turned out!  Several other members of the guild were also in that class.  The teacher was very encouraging and by the end of the day, I really felt much more comfortable weaving baskets.  I actually feel like I kind of know what I am doing!  Isn’t it the same with anything that you do?  Practice, practice, practice, some good instruction or help when you need it, and lots of encouragement!  That is one of the reasons I think that it is so important to be a member of the guild. 

Linda

Guild members Martha Myre, Laura Herriott, and Christine Miller working on new basket weaving skills!

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!