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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 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 Rock 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.

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, August 27, 2022

Program by DH&SG Members - 'Best of the Best'

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

Join us as we kick off another exciting program year in the Dallas Handweavers & Spinners Guild! Our membership represents new to very experienced and accomplished spinners, weavers & dyers. Our first meeting of the year will be a member presentation of a work to share with others, and is a chance to ‘strut your stuff’, to be celebrated and inspired no matter what your skill level.

What can you show? Handwoven articles, handspun yarn, knitted or crocheted pieces from handspun, baskets, sculpture, books, and more! Learning about our membership through a sharing of our interests supports and grows all of our knowledge, so please participate! Bring your work in person if attending face-to-face, but everyone should send photos of their piece to [email protected]org and [email protected]org to be included in a PPT presentation for the virtual portion of our program. We want to know what your level of interest and expertise is!

We will also be announcing programming and initiatives for the upcoming year – including the new Learning Labs initiative, monthly new weaver Q&A, and a new spinning study group.

We will be meeting at The Point (see the map on our Calendar page).  Program will start at 10 a.m., but arrive anytime after 9:30 to visit.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in person again!

2022 Summer President's Message

Wow!  What a summer it has been so far!  Members have been helping out at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano with their Pioneer Camps.  We met with the younger groups to make God’s Eyes and weave small bookmarks.  The older groups made circular weavings using CDs.

 

We also helped out with weaving and spinning demonstrations on two Open Farm days.  Whew!  It was HOT!

I am very excited about being your president for the next two years!  We are going back to meeting at CC Young in the room behind the gym at The Point (walk straight when you come in the door, go into the gym and turn right).  We have some exciting programs coming up this year, some new ideas we are going to try, and it will be great to be able to meet in person!  We will also continue our Zoom links for the meetings if you are not able to attend in person.

Our first meeting will be on Saturday, August 27.  We did not want to interfere with Labor Day weekend.  Please be sure to read the newsletter for important information about our first meeting in person.  

The board met on June 25 at the ArtCentre of Plano for a retreat and what a great group of people on the board!  We have come up with some exciting ideas that we will be implementing in the next couple of years.  We are going to have three Weaving Learning Labs this year.  They are free, you just have to register for them.  In September the Learning Lab is on Exhibiting your Work in a show (Watch your newsletters for information about an upcoming exhibition!  We hope many of you will participate!). The end of October, there will be a Learning Lab on creating different aprons – sewing your handwoven fabric, mixing it with commercial fabric (just in time to make your aprons!!)  In the spring there will be a spinning Learning Lab. Watch the future newsletters for more details!!

We have also decided to start a Spinning Study Group in the spring.  This will be a more structured approach to spinning.  We will still have our monthly social spinning get togethers (the first one is September 30).  We all love the potlucks and informal learning.  Again, watch the newsletters for more details. 

What have I been working on so far this summer?  I just took some yardage off of the loom that I am hoping to make into a shirt.  I am still working on making sure the pattern fits just right!!  I have also just finished a weft faced weave that was an experiment for our weaving study group this year on weft faced weaves.  I am not going to show a picture.  You will have to come to the first Study Group meeting to see it (Monday, September 12)! Finally, I have been thinking about what I want to weave for my apron.  I have a plan and I have bought the yarn.  Now I just need to get it on the loom.  

I hope you have all had a great summer so far and that you have all had a chance to weave, spin, dye, felt or make something!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone in person or on Zoom at the end of August!

Linda Fleming

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!

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