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Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month from September through May, 7:00 pm at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center. We have “Show & Tell” at all our meetings so our members can have a chance to show off their projects. If you are bringing an item to share, we have a form that will help us share all the information about the project and we ask that you print a copy and bring it if possible, or at least look up the information ahead of time!

2015-2016 Programs

September 1, 2015 – Knit, Swirl!

One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets
Uniquely Flattering on Many Body Shapes
Sandra McIver’s beautifully photographed Knitting Book
Curious on how to knit one—looks complicated!

September 1st Program is for you!

Diane Piwko, Owner of Fiber Circle Yarn Shop in Farmersville, will unlock the secrets of the Knit, Swirl! Jacket phenomenon.  She has knit 3 Swirl Jackets. Diane has led several KAL on this Knitted Jacket.  Her Shop had a Trunk show earlier in the Spring with actual jackets from Sandra McIver.  Other local shops have followed her lead by offering their on KAL.

Fiber Circle Yarn Shop is a Knitter’s Paradise!!  Chock full of yarn in every Nook & Cranny on 2 floors.  Worth the drive to Farmersville.  Yarn Nirvana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diane has seen the Guild grow from the original 7 members that first year to over 150+ members in the years that followed.  She is a former (early retired) Engineer at Texas Instruments.  Diane is an experienced Master Hand Knitter, Machine Knitter Extraordinaire, former Magazine Publisher, Knitwear Designer and now a Yarn Shop owner.  She has a wealth of knitting knowledge with an engineer’s precision.

October 6, 2015 – From Concept to Product: The Evolution of a Yarn

Ron Miskin of the Buffalo Wool Company is going to talk about the evolution of a yarn from concept and idea into the bundle of fiber goodness we purchase as a finished product. Ron and his wife, Theresa, have been raising bison for almost 30 years, and they are passionate about bringing you the best quality bison products.  For the last ten years they have been developing a supply chain incorporating small mills, local designers, and large ranches. They are just about to launch a new yarn and will be providing us with a sneak peek!

Ron has spoken to the Guild before and will have some goodies available for purchase the night of the program.

November 3, 2015 – Navajo Weaving

YARN!  So many different things to do with it! So many things that have been done with it in the past! And also lots of things to do with it before you cast on for any kind of project.  Mary Berry recently spent 7 days immersed in Navajo weaving and dyeing with natural dyes.  She will talk about her experience learning from master Navajo dyers (women whose handwoven rugs sell for many thousands of dollars), share lots of pictures, and show the yarn and tools she brought back with her.

Mary Berry is the owner/operator of the Fancy Fibers Farm and Fancy Fibers Store located north of Dallas in Farmersville, Texas. When she is not tending to her Shetland sheep, Angora goats, and Suri alpacas, you will find her spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, and teaching a wide variety of fun, no pressure classes at her store.  Her goal in life is to entangle everyone she meets in the global web that is the fiber arts.

December 1, 2015 – Crocheted Xmas Lights

Christmas LightsLocal blogger and the personality behind One Sheepish Girl, Meredith Crawford loves knitting, crochet, embroidery, and colorful crafts of all kinds. For our holiday program she is going to come and teach us a quick and fun crocheted Xmas light pattern to enhance our decorating! You can preview the project on her website (####/2014/12)

Meredith will also have her latest book available for purchase.



January 5, 2016 – Cables: An Introduction

The Dallas Hand Knitters Guild strives to teach our membership new techniques. We have made socks and cardigans and broken down lace and colorwork. We are adding a new technique to our roster by having Diana Rowden, an instructor from Holley’s Yarn Shoppe, come talk to us about cables. For this program we are going to focus on the basics of cabling for those who are newer to the concept.  But stay tuned, we aren’t going to stop there!! Diana will be back in March.

Both programs will feature some simple patterns to practice with.

February 2, 2016 – All About Tatting

February. Winter is getting to be a drag so come lighten these final dark days with lace and frills! Local knitter Hanane ElMoumi is also an active tatter. Tatting is a kind of knotted lace made by hand with a small shuttle which is very fine and delicate. Hanane is going to share a brief history of this fiber craft with us. If you are eager to learn, then you can go take a class at Jacob’s Reward Farm where Hanane teaches tatting. (Please see their website for schedules.)

March 1, 2016 – Intermediate Cables

Diana Rowden, an instructor from Holley’s Yarn Shoppe, is going to build on January’s program by taking cables to the next level. For those who aren’t intimidated by crossing up your stitches we hope to introduce some tips and tricks that you may not have thought of. We also hope that you will learn that complicated does not necessarily equate to difficult.

Both programs will feature some simple patterns to practice with.

April 5, 2016 – University of North Texas Department of Fiber Arts

Last year we established a relationship with the Fiber Arts Department of the University of North Texas. We are going to continue to grow this relationship by bringing back a member of this department to speak with us again. We haven’t hashed out all the details, but if you were around last year you know it’s going to be fascinating!!

May 3, 2016 – Beyond the Basics of Ravelry

Join us to learn all about Ravelry! From inputting your projects, to searching for the perfect pattern for that special yarn, we will cover a wide variety of topics! Learn how to search more effectively, and use the abundant resources hidden on ravelry! Whether you’ve been a member for years, or don’t yet have an account, you will learn something new to make your ravelry experience more useful!

If you are able, it may be helpful to bring a tablet. Please bring a notepad to jot down helpful hints!

Speaker: Jenn Nevitt is a former elementary school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, turned knitting and quilting pattern designer and handmade shop owner. Her knitting pattern designs have been published by madelinetosh, and her quilting designs can be found in major magazines. She teaches knitting and sewing to the DFW area. See more about her on her blog at www.mommysew.com, buy her handmade goodies at www.etsy.com/shop/mommysew and follow her on Instagram at mommysew!

Mark your calendar and come join us for another great year of programming on the first Tuesday of the month from September to May!

We look forward to seeing you; it’s going to be a fun year!