CHT Art Camp/Retreat 2018

Art Camp 2018

March 23 – 26, 2018
@ John Newcombe Tennis Ranch

New Braunfels, Texas

Join us for a relaxed, creative weekend in the Texas Hill Country. Time to weave, spin and dye with your besties!

NEW LOCATIONJohn Newcombe Tennis Ranch and Conference Center, New Braunfels, TX

FOUR 2-DAY SESSIONS – taught by talented instructors.  Pine Needle Baskets, Tassels, Chinese Thread Books, and more.

NEW EVENING MINI SESSIONS – Make and Takes and Skill Building opportunities taught by your fellow guild members.  Learning to use a drop spindle, Needle Felted pins with beaded embellishments, Zippered necessity bags, Origami wreaths as a color study, Jewelry pouches from men’s neckties, crochet edges and more.  There will be two sessions on each evening – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


GREAT FOOD AND CONDOS:  Good food including morning and afternoon snacks.  S’mores around the fire pit in the Gazebo next to the big swimming pool.  Menu flexibility allowing for special meal requests.  Two bedroom condos for 3-4 with two private bathrooms, kitchen, large living room.  There are also accommodations for couples and those requiring ease of access. Arrive Friday afternoon for dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Depart Monday morning after breakfast.


PJ AND WINE FRIENDLY – Forget your wine, no problem there is a full service bar in the lobby guarded by a wallaby


On-line Registration will open in late December or early January.  More information on Art Camp 2018 will appear on and in upcoming newsletters. You may also contact Jenny Barker, CHT 2018 Chair at

Blast from the Past — WORKSHOPS OFFERED AT ARTCAMP 2016

Indigo Dyeing – Connie Childs Elliott

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Participants explored the use of indigo dye with shibori techniques and some of Michel Garcia’s interesting methods of stamping with mordants as well as dyes.


Variety in Rag Rug Weaving – Deborah Harrison

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In this round robin on-loom workshop each loom was threaded for a different rag rug structure or technique. Students used a variety of tools to create a rag rug sampler.

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Ply-Split Necklace in Single-Course Oblique Twining

Participants made a ply-split necklace in colors of their choice. They had the chance to try some cords and try other ply-splitting structures.


Beaded Fringes and Edges – Laura Viada

A lovely beaded fringe or edge can turn an ordinary scarf, shawl or garment into a dramatic, unique piece and can turn an already wonderful piece into a real showstopper. Beaded fringes and edges can also be used very effectively to embellish home décor and accessories. Participants learned various techniques for making beaded fringes and edges and will make a sample of each technique for future reference.


Lithuanian Band Weaving – Rasa Silenas

Rasa shared her skills and knowledge of traditional Lithuanian Band Weaving. Bands designs are simple for beginners, usually the children, progressing to more challenging patterns. Although the materials and tools are low tech the results are amazing.

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What wonderful memories we all have from our first retreat! Because of the great success of the first retreat, we have made plans to repeat it in the years between the state conference. Why wait so long for kindred spirits to get together for fun, fellowship and creating? The stories and wine flowed as women from all over the state of Texas enjoyed a fabulous time at the first ever CHT Retreat! Please join us as we gather again in 2018 for fibers, fun and relaxation!


Fiber Friends Forever!!

Art Camp Returns April 2018!!

Photos from Art Camp 2016

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Photos from Art Camp 2014