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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 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.


General Meeting
Saturday, January 4, 2020


Card Weaving



Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, is an ancient technique that was first used by the Egyptians to separate warp threads evenly on a warp-weighted loom. It is unclear when and where card weaving was invented, but it was widely used throughout Europe in the 16th century and evidence for its use was found in Africa, Asia, and South America. Tablet weaving is very versatile, holds a tremendous number and variety of design possibilities and requires only simple and inexpensive tools. In this program, Laura Herriott will discuss the fundamentals, and share several different tablet weave techniques. We will have several looms set up so you can try them out and see how fast and easy it is to get started tablet weaving.

We always have a "clothesline" show and tell segment in our meeting! Bring your latest creation and strut your stuff!


Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.

2020 - January President's Message



A new year is headed our way again! It’s a special time of the year to reflect on the past and think about the future. As I am winding down this year’s journey, a recent event has made a powerful impact on me. I bought two jackets from Reid Barnhart, and they are my new favorite things! They are my favorites because of the hidden history of the textiles: one is a hand woven, indigo dyed, strip woven cloth from Mali, and the other a coverlet from the 1800s, hand woven in linen with hand spun, hand dyed wool for the overshot pattern thread. I just LOVE these two jackets as fun garments to wear, but more importantly as testimony to my love of hand weaving. I wonder about their creators and their life stories, and though I will never find out the details of their lives, I feel a deep connection to those weavers through the fabric that they created.

So, what about the fabric and yarns we are creating? How will they live on into the future, and where will their journey take them once they leave our hands? How does thinking about the life of the textile impact the love and energy you are putting into it? I hope you have new projects planned for 2020; I know I do! Remember to bring your creations to our monthly meeting as part of the “clothesline” where we show and tell our stories about the special fiber creations we pour our lives into. Looking forward to seeing what you will create!

Christine Miller

President

Happy Fiber Trails!
Christine Miller

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!

December 9, 2019

Off the Shelf Holiday Pot Luck

This member party is a pot luck, gift exchange at Rebecca Shanks' house at 7:00 p.m. Bring a handmade gift and join in the fun!

January 4, 2020

General Meeting behind the fitness room at CC Young - 9:30 - 12:00

Laura Herriott will demonstrate the easy way to weave with cards..

January 4, 2020

DH&SG Board Meeting immediately after the general meeting from 12-1. Anyone is welcome to attend.

January 7, 2020

Come celebrate Roc day, also known as St. Distaff day, with the Spinners on January 7, 2020 at Hinke Schroen’s home. This is the day after Epiphany, when the spinners traditionally returned to their spinning.

January 31, 2020

The spinners will also meet on January 31, 2020 at Phyllis Murray’s home. The plan is to play with Boucle and other unusual spinning techniques.

February 1, 2020

General Meeting behind the fitness room at CC Young - 9:30 - 12:00

Cate Buchanan will give a presentation about the Origami weaving she learned about at the CHT conference last May.

March 7, 2020

General Meeting behind the fitness room at CC Young - 9:30 - 12:00

Christina Smith will talk about band weaving.