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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 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 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.

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 at [email protected]!

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.


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 protected]

General Membership Meeting, Saturday, November 6, 2021
Mary Berry - Intentional Color in Spinning & Weaving

Face to Face & Zoom Virtual Meeting
Program will begin at 10:00 am.

A person could spend a lifetime learning about the interplay of color in weaving. Pick up an Indie-Dyed skein of yarn, and it’s pretty obvious that Color A will be followed by Color B, etc., and depending on the width of your work, you can calculate whether you are going to end up with stripes or something else. But in weaving, it becomes more complicated due to the intersections of warp and weft. Look at the same Indie-Dyed skein of yarn, and it’s not so easy to see how it will look on a loom.

In this presentation, Mary will present the major ways that yarn is dyed; how to figure out how your yarn was dyed; and what that will likely look like in warp and weft. For the spinners, Mary will take the idea of controlling your outcome one step further back and show you how you can take an Indie-Dyed braid of fiber and control the outcome (resulting yarn) by your spinning decisions.

The November meeting will be in person at White Rock Library on Saturday, November 6, at 10:00 am. AND on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out the week before the meeting.

Here is the address of the library:
White Rock Hills Branch Library
9150 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
Note: The library strongly encourages wearing masks.


Go to the Calendar Page for more details.


2021 November President's Message




The cooler weather has brought me back to knitting with my handspun in the evenings. The fiber was hand dyed and had many blues and teals, which is right in my favorite corner of the color spectrum. The knit stitch is Honeycomb Brioche which makes lovely scales that fit nicely with the colors. The yarn is a two ply and consistency was not a priority (evidently), so the yarn varies between lace and DK weight. My original plan was to weave something with it, but it inspired a different project.

I like to have a knitting project or a handwoven finishing project in the cooler weather. I can work on these while watching television and it keeps me warm and gives me the satisfaction of progress. Plus, I get to touch and appreciate the softness of the fiber and the beautiful colors as they marl, mix and intermingle in a slow and meditative way.

Do I ever make mistakes? Yes, I regularly get distracted by both my project and whatever is happening on TV. Some shows you can frequently hear me say “What did they do? Where are they now?” Or sometimes I have to tink (=unknit) or untie fringe knots or take out hand stitching. I used to dread rework, but my attitudes have changed and I accept that I get distracted and make mistakes. Unweaving, tinking, untying knots, rethreading … it is part of the process that I enjoy and it gives me an extra chance to interact with the fiber.

Happy weaving, spinning, knitting or whatever fibery fun you have planned!

Laura


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 guild membership ID, 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!


June 1, 2021

Start of the Membership Year

Click Here to join or renew!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm

Any guild member is welcome to attend

Email [email protected] for more info.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m.

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship. You do not have to be a spinner to hang out!

Email [email protected] for more info.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

General membership meeting from 10:00 - 12:00
Intentional Color in Spinning and Weaving with Mary Berry ** Please note that all programs will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with the general meeting following.

Email [email protected] for more info.


Monday, November 15, 2021

Study Group Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Study group gathers Face to Face & Zoom
George Christ's House

Email [email protected] for more info.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m.

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship.
You do not have to be a spinner to hang out!

Email [email protected] for more info.

Monday, December 6, 2021


Off-the-Shelf Member Virtual Party 7:00 pm

Create your gift item using only what is in your stash and prepare yourself for a fun and competitive gift exchange. Any guild member is welcome to attend whether you choose to participate in the gift exchange or not.
The party will be entirely virtual this year.


Email [email protected] for more info.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

DH&SG Board Meeting via Zoom 7:00 pm

Any guild member is welcome to attend

Email [email protected] for more info.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Spinners Meeting 10:00 a.m.
Roc Day & St. Distaff Day

Spinners gather virtually for fellowship.
You do not have to be a spinner to hang out!

Email [email protected] for more info.