San Antonio Handweavers Guild
Founded in 1938
The San Antonio Handweavers Guild consists of individuals who exhibit a wide range of interest and expertise in the fiber arts, weaving, spinners, basket makers, dyers, and other artists. With minor exceptions, we meet the second Thursday September - May at the Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in the Life Building (entrance is behind the building). We try to have equal day and night meetings. Mornings meetings start at 9:30 and evenings at 6:30. We have a social time 30 minutes prior to live meetings.
The Guild publishes a monthly newsletter between September and May via e-mail which contains a calendar of events classifieds, meeting minutes and other information of importance to our members.
Meetings are open and visitors are welcome. Upon your second visit, membership is encouraged. Dues are $30 per year. Please contact us for more information
October 13, 2022
6:00 social with program starting at
“Visible Mending, Embroidery, and Up-Cycling Textiles”; Local SA Artist
In conjunction with the fall workshop.
Please e-mail us for more information.
Cindy Balentine, President
“Visible Mending, Embroidery, and Up-Cycling Textiles”; Local SA Artist*
Sculptural Basketry Artist Talk *; Texas based
Paint Two, Beam One: Painting Two Warps and Beaming them as One **
From Archive to Loom – Using our Archive to Inspire New Weaving for the 85th Anniversary
aka Texas Jeans
Spindle Maker shares his craft; Local SA area artist
Maxie shares how her BFA in Fibers informs her art and activism
Each meeting includes our “Hands Are the Exit of the Spirit” (Show-and-Tell) time. Bring and share your projects and interests. Seeing work that others have done sparks or renews inspiration. Hearing and seeing other members provide wonderful learning experiences for all.
Time & Format
AM / LIVE: Doors open 9 am; Meeting begins at 9:30 am; Speaker is present at CHUMC
AM / ZOOM: ZOOM Room opens at 9:20; Meeting begins at 9:30; Speaker joins us by ZOOM Meeting
PM / LIVE: Doors open 6 pm; Meeting begins at 6:30 pm; Speaker is present at CHUMC
PM / ZOOM: ZOOM Room opens at 6:20 pm; Meeting begins at 6:30 pm; Speaker joins us by ZOOM Meeting
IN PERSON meeting attendance does not require registration.
To attend by ZOOM, you must register IN ADVANCE using the info provided in the monthly newsletter.
Guests are always welcome but should contact SAHG prior to the event date for current meeting info.
General Information & Location
Live Meetings - Light refreshments served during the gathering time. Meeting is called to order (9:30 am or 6:30 pm) by the President. The Guest Speaker’s presentation begins at shortly thereafter (9:30 am or 6:30 pm), followed by SAHG business meeting and our “Hands are the Exit of the Spirit” sharing time. ZOOM option info is published in the newsletter at the beginning of the month.
Zoom Meetings -ZOOM rooms open 10 minutes prior to start. Meeting is called to order (9:30 am or 6:30 pm) by the President. The Guest Speaker’s presentation at begins at shortly thereafter (9:30 am or 6:30 pm), followed by SAHG business meeting and our “Hands are the Exit of the Spirit” sharing time.
ZOOM Meeting info is provided in the monthly newsletter prior to the meeting.
Can I join a LIVE meeting by ZOOM? Will ZOOM presentations be broadcast into the CHUMC meeting room?
This is a work in progress. We are entering the third year of COVID-19 disruptions and adjustments. This year we return to meeting “Live” more often versus the last 2 years of “ZOOM Only”.
Our current best advice - Check your email and newsletter for updates regarding the most current info regarding virtual access to meetings. Each meeting will have its own requirements and we are learning about this technology as we encounter new situations.
SAHG will strive to make content available to its members while crossing our fingers that we have minimal Technical Difficulties. Your patience is appreciated.
Rasa Silenas and Chris Weaver
SAHG members may sign up at any time. Open seats will be available to members of other guilds one month before the class starts. To sign up, email Chris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All live workshops will be at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church. Enter at rear of campus, through Child Development Center.
A Taste of Temari - Wrapped Bands
Laurie Jane Kern
October 8, 2022
9:00 - 5:00
Temari is a delightfully engrossing Japanese art form. The “basics” take several weeks to teach, but here you can dip your toes and see whether temari speaks to your soul. In this introductory class, students will start with a marked ball and complete a simple pattern of bands. Students must be 18 years of age or older. No experience required.
Laurie is working on her Advanced certification by the Japanese Temari Association. See her work at: https://www.kernology.com/temari.html
Materials Fee: All supplies and use of a tool kit are included in registration.
Students to bring:
Pencil & Paper
One Warp, Many Structures
9:00 - 5:00
Denise Kovnat will present a three-day workshop on One Warp, Many Structures: Explorations in Extended Parallel Threading. In this workshop you will have your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites. Working with a variety of tie-ups and treadlings you will weave a series of designs in Echo, Jin (Turned Taquete), Shadow Weave, Rep and Doubleweave. The takeaway is a sampler of colorful patterns and a broader, deeper understanding of the potential for extended parallel threadings.
Denise will teach three one-hour sessions on each class day, with time for weaving in between sessions.
Denise has an exciting website at denisekovnat.com.
Material Fee none
Zoom link will be sent several days ahead of the first class. Denise will contact students 6 weeks ahead with loom dressing instructions, though you can register closer to the date as long as you can dress your loom in time.
November 5, 2022
9:00 - 4:00
Lynne will help you master details like pockets, bindings, buttonholes, and other refinements that can take your garments from “homemade” to “handmade”.
Materials Fee TBD
Students to bring:
Fabric—handwoven or purchased, with similar properties of body and tendency to fray, weight suitable for garments, pieces about 12” square. Specific instructions will be provided ahead of the class.
Lamps and irons (can be shared with several buddies) and power strips
Sewing machine, scissors, pins and your usual sewing paraphernalia
March 10 & 11
Friday & Saturday
9:00 to 4:00
Have you seen these gorgeous patterns in greeting cards or on pillow tops? Deb will be teaching how to create them, using ribbon. She will provide all the materials and tools needed for this class, as well as one of her famously thorough handouts.
Materials Fee: Included
Students to bring
Small sharp scissors
Our live meetings are held at the Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in their Life Building at 5247 Vance Jackson outside Loop 410. The entrance is located on the opposite side of the entrance. We have greeters at the doors until business meeting begins.
Spinners meet the third Saturday. They meet at Yarnivore which is located at 2357 NW Military Highway, San Antonio. The group does not teach spinning, but if you are having difficulty, they will be glad to help problem solve. If you want to just come and visit or knit or work on projects, all are welcome.
For questions, please feel free to contact us.