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.
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.
As guild members, we deeply appreciate fiber arts. We love making and collecting textiles. However, over the past 75 years the textile industry has undergone enormous changes as it switched from plant and animal based materials to oil and chemical based ones. Find out why we need to move urgently toward sustainable practices, what kinds of exciting new eco-friendly fibers and textiles are coming down the pipeline, and how you can incorporate sustainability in your fiber arts work.
Gigi Matthews’ keen interest in fibers and textiles is the result of decades of travel to over 30 countries. As a handspinner, she has won ribbons at MAFA 2019 and taught at MAFA 2021; her recent work focuses on reclaimed and recycled materials. Gigi has published articles in Ply Magazine and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, and she has been a speaker and panelist at Handweavers Guild of America events.
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!
How wonderful it was to see everyone at our first meeting back at CC Young!! I hope everyone was inspired and that you all are ready for an exciting year!
With the beginning of September and all of the rain, it makes me think about the weather turning colder. This year I decided that I am actually going to weave some holiday gifts. Every year I start thinking about weaving for the holidays around December 15 and of course by then it is too late!!
This year I wove some yardage to make into cards and I am weaving some candy cane towels. I also wove a wool scarf for my new son-in-law! While we were visiting for the wedding, there just happened to be a wool festival nearby and of course I had to go!! I bought some locally produced yarn from one of the vendors, talked to them about their flock of sheep and saw sheepy pictures!
I am looking forward to our October program with Gigi Matthews on Sustainability! I really enjoy using wool where I know the names of the sheep or have talked with the shepherds.
I hope to see many of you at the meeting! Linda
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!