Check out what’s going on around the state of Texas!

Texas Fiber Events:

CHT Biennial Conference, May 29 – June 2,  2019, Ft. Worth Texas

Houston Fiber Fest, June 21 – 23, 2019, 19 Yarn Shops and shop specials in Austin and San Antonio Area.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl, October 2019,
Houston Fiber Festival Inc is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fiber arts in the greater Houston area through our annual Houston Fiber Fest event.

CHH Annual Guild Holiday Sale, Oct 17, 18, 19, 2019 The Guild House, 2327 Commerce, Suite 106, Houston 77002. Great holiday gifts for friends and family!

Kid n’ Ewe and Lamas Too, November 2020 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center in Kerrville, Texas.  Yarn and fiber direct from Texas wool producers.

East Texas Fiber Festival, November 2020 in Lindale, Texas.

Bandera Fiber Arts Week, March 10 – 14, 2020, felting, knitting, dyeing, weaving in Bandera, Texas.

CHT Art Camp, coming March 27 – 30, 2020 in New Braunfels, Texas at Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch. Our biennial “mini” conference featuring Texas instructors. Time together with CHT fiber and textile friends from around the state.

DFW Fiber Fest, April 2020, Dallas, Texas

Yellow Rose Fiber Festival, May 1 – 2, 2020, Sequin, Texas

HGA Convergence , coming 2020

Complex Weavers Seminars, coming 2020

Open Call , coming Feb 2021


Make plans to join us at our…

Biennial Conference 2019

“Treasuring Our Past,

Discovering Our Future”

in Ft Worth, Texas
May 29 – June 2,  2019

Our conference offers Texas weavers time to treasure our past and discover our future in hand weaving and related fiber arts.

Join us at the statewide conference! Challenging sessions, top quality instructions and inspiration for new weaving adventures.

Existing  Members will have the opportunity to Registration register early.

Join or Renew Membership here: Membership Page

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 Harrisville Rug Loom 

For Sale

60” wide, 8 shafts, 10 treadles plus 2 more treadles added by owner

This loom features include the Warp extender/Tension Equalizer, Overhead beater, Built in Bench, the Collingwood Shaft Switching device with 4 shafts, Sectional Warp Beam Adapters, 3 new  60” reeds sizes 6, 8, 10, and Owner’s manual

This loom was originally $12,000. Asking price $7200.

Reasonable offers considered

Also included:

  • 100+ pounds of rug wool
  • “Angel Wings” tensioning device
  • Temple device made by owner
  • Loom has approximately a 7’ x 7’ x 7’ footprint

Owner has made modifications that allow this loom to weave finer fabrics as well as heavy rugs. All modifications are removable. Modifications include 2 extra treadles, beater lock, end caps on loom legs to protect floor and stabilize loom, a shelf allowing shaft switcher or regular shafts to be moved out of the way of the weaver and counter weights for the shafts for weaving finer fabrics..

Loom must be partially disassembled to be moved. Buyer must pick it up. It is located in Pleasanton, Texas.

For more info or to make an offer, contact Trish Aston at

John Schmacht holds his Peoples Choice coverlet for CHT 2017


Contemporary Handweavers of Houston Presents

The William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive:

A Tool for Researching 19th century Texas Needleworkers and Weavers

Presented by Michelle Verret Johnson

on Saturday September 15th 10:00am – noon 

2723 Commerce, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77002

Everyone is welcome.

Created by the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Hill Archive is a freely-searchable online archive that documents the lives, work, and products of Texas artisans and artists through 1900. Named for the late Houston collector and Bayou Bend supporter William J. Hill, the archive is intended to facilitate research, understanding, and
appreciation of Texas decorative arts, as well as painting, photography, and other media.

One of the more exciting avenues of research made available by the Hill Archive is that of needleworkers and weavers. Records of amateurs as well as professionals are included with images of their work, advertisements, and tools of the trade. This presentation will highlight examples of these records, provide tips for searching and browsing the Hill Archive, and discuss avenues for further research of these 19th century textile artisans.

One of the more exciting avenues of research made available by the Hill Archive is that of needleworkers and weavers. 

The Hill Archive went live in January 2013 with 6,000 records, and its online content now boasts of over 100,000 records. The Hill Archive aims to bridge the gap between the vast array of 19th century Texas decorative arts and the noticeable lack of published research on the artisans and artists who created the objects. As a result, The Hill Archive is a hybrid database that consists of census records, city directory entries, research notes, newspapers, manuscripts, ephemera, correspondence, and objects from a variety of institutions and private collections across Texas.

Michelle Verret Johnson joined the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive as Project Manager in April, 2014. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is an avid embroiderer and accumulator of family needlework and textiles.

For more info contact: DeeDee Woodbury,

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