Save the Date!
CHT 2013 Conference - Weave Across Texas
May 30 - June 2, 2013
The conference will be in Addison, TX hosted by the Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Check your CHT newsletter or this website each month as we keep you up to date on the details.
The registration booklet will be in the Dec. issue of the newsletter and also posted to the website.
Hot off the press - here's some information about: who, what, when, and where!
WHAT CHT Bi-annual Conference, workshops, exhibits, vendors and more!
Seminars offered include new fiber trends, sewing with handwovens, drafting, historical weaving and hands on activities.
As has been the tradition at our conferences, there will be raffle baskets to ooh and aah over while deciding where to place your tickets!
Hold onto your lease sticks, ponders, for the Fastest Weft in the West old-fashioned quick-draw contest to be held Friday, May 31, at the CHT conference in Dallas. Sley hooks in hand, weavers from across the state are signing up to win the coveted title of fastest weaver of all - complete with life-long bragging rights and eternal glory.
Want to throw a handful of bobbins in the ring? Contact Marty Benson at email@example.com to add your name to those trying to wind a warp, dress a loom, and weave in record time.
Too skeered to join the contest? Then come join the fun of rooting for your favorite shuttle-slinger as she winds her way to weaving fame and fortune. All the excitement will take place at the CHT conference, Friday, May 31, 2013. Don't dare miss it!
Members Exhibit Judge and Presenter:
Jette Vandermeidein will be our judge for the Members Exhibit at The Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Bi-annual conference celebrating weaving in Texas and Texas weavers. She will also be teaching several classes, offering pre-conference workshops and giving a show review.
Jette weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms. She teaches weave structure and weave theory and has taught extensively at colleges, guilds and conferences, locally and internationally. Jette has served as Weaving Education Chair for THE ONTARIO HANDWEVERS AND SPINNERS and is a columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. Her goal is to share weaving skills to this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.
Pre-conference activities begin on Thursday, May 30, 2013. There will be tours on Thursday and Friday. Friday night official conference FUN begins. The Conference ends on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:00 P.M.
Pre-conference Workshop & conference seminars:
Kay Faulkner will be teaching a pre-conference workshop on woven shibori, Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2013. Kay will explore the great diversity of pattern combining woven fabric structures, dye and various textural patterns. The primary focus of this workshop will be on the dye pattern. Kay will also be teaching during the conference.
Kay has been a full time professional hand weaver since the mid 80's and has been working, studying and playing in the textile field all of her life. From this life-long commitment, she draws on her experiences to design and hand weave fabrics that excite. Her philosophy is to weave beautiful cloth and unique textiles, which industry is unable to achieve. Kay considers herself to be both a textile artist and an exacting craft's worker with both roles being of equal importance in her practice.
As well as creating the original designs, Kay often hand dyes the yarn or item to achieve the unique appearance that typifies her work. Either an eight, twenty four shaft computer assisted loom or draw loom is used in her work.
Addison Convention Center, Addison, Texas
The official conference hotel will be the Holiday Inn which is directly across the park from the Addison Convention Center. We have secured a conference rate of $85.00 (plus taxes) per night. They will provide a shuttle throughout the day to the conference center, you may take your own car (parking is free at the hotel and convention center), or you may walk. Contact the Holiday Inn, 4960 Arapaho Rd., Addison, TX (Front desk: 1-972-490-1212). Be SURE to state that you are with the CHT conference to get the special rate.
WHO Pre-conference Workshops & conference seminars:
Midge Jackson, our very own East Texas weaver and spinner, will be teaching two days of pre-conference spinning classes which you may take together or separately, as well conference seminars.
First class Thursday, May 30, 2013:
It's Ombre, Hombre! Learn to achieve beautiful, seamless color changes in your work. Duplicate a Texas sunset and twilight sky, or other subtle color shifts with information gained in this workshop. Beginning with blending contrasting colors, using plying techniques and weaving/knitting skills, students will gain the ability to create a unique piece with gradual shading undetected by the naked eye. No more stripes, Señor!
Second class Friday, May 31, 2013: Rough and Ready!
Texas is a land of infinite variety. Lovely, fleecy, animals abound from angora goats to Shetland sheep, llamas, alpacas and more! Learn to prepare and blend these fine Texas fibers for spinning. Make the most of the best. Choosing fleeces, washing them, carding and combing, spinning and plying will be covered in this class. By the end of the class, students will have the knowledge to create the yarn of their dreams.
Midge Jackson is an experienced knitter and spinner and has recently added weaving to her skill set. She believes that textiles intrigue all of us who are essentially tactile and love to "feel" everything. Having a lifelong love of textiles and utilizing her skills as a seamstress, Midge enjoys designing knitwear and developing knitting and weaving patterns. She loves to teach and enjoys designing knitwear and developing knitting and weaving patterns. She loves to teach and is "the only free lance knitting teacher in Smith County!" As a member of the Wildflower Fiber Retreat committee, she has introduced many to fiber arts through the group's annual knitting camp and spinner's retreat. In addition, she teaches workshops in diverse areas of interest, including bread baking, nuno felting, designing with the triangle loom, gourd craft and more. She lives in Tyler with her husband and two cats, The Beautiful Zoe and The Lovely Tess.
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