A Special Note about our meetings for the 21/22 meeting year:Many of our members are vaccinated and things are beginning to open back up to allow some face to face meetings. Some of our meetings will have face to face gatherings, but we may not be able to meet at CC Young until the beginning of 2022. Please watch our site carefully on the calendar page as we update meeting locations, as they might be different one month to the next. We are moving to a hybrid meeting platform, which will include Zoom links when we meet face to face in order to allow many more members to attend if they can't be there physically. Stay tuned and email us with any questions at email@example.com
General Meeting, Saturday, September 4, 2021
DH&SG Members' Challenge Show & Tell
Face to Face AND a real time Zoom Virtual Meeting will be streamed
DHSG Member Gathering at 9:30 a.m.
Business Meeting & Program to begin around 10:00 a.m.
The Dallas Handweavers & Spinners Guild has a summer challenge to work on for the September meeting! Find a photo that you have taken or that you are inspired by, and interpret that photo into a woven cloth or fiber expression. Chris Miller is tipping her hand with the project she is working on in the photos below. Get your photos ready and start planning your project now!
You can choose any structure or kind of fiber interpretation. We are working on securing the location, and will announce it closer to the meeting. Keep an eye on the website for more info to come!
Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
2021 Summer President's Message
Summer is here and it is steamy and rainy as I write this at the beginning of June. Cool fibers come to mind and I happen to have a pound of fine (28/2) snow white linen and even finer (21/1) natural linen. So here I go, getting myself into good trouble again!
I put on a warp for 9 yards in a straight twill at 36 ends-per-inch. This is going to become a set of formal napkins with a couple of yards extra for sampling and playing .... I think. There are so many fun things to do with a straight twill. A weaver’s candy store!I I even designed a few myself, which was an interesting exercise requiring lots of adjustments to make the design stick to shorter floats (I don’t want a fork to catch in the napkins.)
How’s it going you ask? Well I got all 704 threads through the heddles and reed without issue. I am using a lot of painters tape as extra hands these days. It is meditative and I have fun listening to music. Checked the threading and that was fine. Had to fix a few threads that were crossed between heddles and reed, and while I had been going through the trouble of untying my lashed on bouts at the front to fix the crossed threads, this time I cut them near the knot and added some extra thread and tied them back to the lashing. That saved me a lot of trouble readjusting my tension! Why didn’t I think of this before? I love solving problems and getting better each time!
I have woven my first couple of inches. Now I am getting nervous and excited! The plain weave I could only achieve 32 picks-per-inch even though the weft is finer, and the plain weave shows reed marks and is kind of sheer. Is the picks-per-inch okay? Will the reed marks settle out when I wash them? The answer is “Laura, that is why you put on extra warp for samples. Then you fix the problems before proceeding. No, it is not another napkin to be had, and it is not a waste.” How funny is it that I have to give myself that lecture … repeatedly!
And then the twill. Yikes, it is beating in at 73 picks-per-inch. Uh-oh, this is going to be a very long project. Why didn’t I think of that? A small amount of panic is setting in - should I maybe do one or two and take the warp off and put it back on later when I feel like it? Should I set up my other looms with spare projects to have a variety and some quick projects? We’ll see what happens.
The little bit of the one pattern I have started with is really pretty. Seeing the cloth form as you weave never ceases to amaze me. Hopefully that will get me through the sampling and on to completion of the napkins.
Have a great summer spinning, weaving & dyeing!
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!