Welcome to our Member Gallery! The Dallas Handweavers & Spinners Guild members' work has an exceptional depth and breadth of skill, experience, and creativity. One of the benefits of membership is a listing on the Gallery page showing examples of your weaving, spinning or dyeing. To get your listing, email the webmaster at email@example.com.
Cate Buchanan has been weaving for over half of her life, which astonishes her. She weaves both professionally as the Senior Product Development Designer at Perennials Fabrics in Dallas, and personally on a rapidly growing collection of looms at home. Complex weave structures are her main interest and she continues to experiment with new weave structures and arrangements.
I started weaving over 40 years ago, but didn’t keep it up in a consistent way until the late 1990’s. I studied weaving with Anna Barry, and have learned a lot in the Dallas Handweavers Study Groups. Early on, I started entering the State Fair of Texas. I enjoy preparing the entries and participating in the fair. The four pictures show different entries from past State Fairs. The rug with blue squares is a 4 thread block weave. I used variegated yarn for the squares. The scarf in the display case is a rose path pattern. A friend, who used to weave, gave me some gray silk. I wove two scarves for her, using the silk as the warp. The multi-colored scarf is from the Study Group when we studied Echo and Iris. The tencel yarn made a wonderful weight. The rug is a summer/winter variation where I manipulated the colors throughout.
I have been spinning for about 20 years and weaving for about 10 years. I also enjoy dyeing my handspun yarn and sewing using my handwoven fabric. I like to weave scarves and hand towels.
Laura began her fiber journey around 6 years of age with sewing, crochet, knitting and tatting. A large family and artist mother provided lots of opportunities and encouragement to create things. During college, Laura took a weaving class at the university and enjoyed everything about it – the beautiful wood equipment, the techniques that held endless variety and creativity, and the mathematical and musical sensibilities of patterns and rhythms. Many interests went on hiatus during family and work years, with some occasional forays into beading, knitting and crochet. Laura picked up spinning in 2004 and is still fascinated with the magic of turning fiber fluff into yarn and the variety of yarn designs that are possible. Laura dived back into weaving and dyeing in 2017 and it is like a candy store – so many wonderful choices.
Christine has been weaving for 45 years, and has woven almost exclusively with wire the last 30. Her emphasis is creating sculptural forms with the woven metal she weaves on her floor looms. She is also the creator and manager of www.explorefiber.com, a collaborative website promoting fiber as a fine art material.
Rebecca Shanks has been interested in cloth, clothing construction, dissection and re-assembling things all her life. Her fascination with weaving cloth began in 1973 at UNT (then known as NTSU). Basket weaving led her to loom weaving and loom weaving led her back to basket weaving as well as seat weaving. She can be found weaving simple objects, towels, scarves in complex structures (collapse weave) or weaving cloth for garments using the simplest structure (twills and plain weave) or weaving a 7 step cane table top out of plastic lanyard and covering with glass. Trying new techniques in basket weaving will lead to trying it using watercolor paper, she likes to use traditional techniques in innovative ways if possible. Color is her friend!