CHH meets the third Saturday of the month,
August through May.
On occasion, meetings are moved due to holidays or other events,
so please check the calendar.
Saturday, September 16, 2023
@ 10:00 a.m.
@ Guild House
and on Zoom
Check the newsletter for zoom link or click here.
**Please note, the program will be first followed by the business meeting.**
Our September meeting presentation will be given by Karen Selk about the wonders of working with silk.
In Karen’s own words, “Wild silk is much more than the miraculous journey of metamorphosis from caterpillar to silken luxury. It is tightly woven to an ancient living culture raising tasar, muga, and eri silkworms in remote forests of central and eastern India.
Raising wild silkworms, reeling cocoons, spinning fiber and weaving silk cloth provides sustainable work, while protecting the environment, and supporting communities. Photos and stories captured from weavers, spinners, and silkworm farmers over thirty years of research will transport you into their homes and villages to witness the love and dedication involved in each part of the process from soil to cloth.”
October 19 (Thursday) – Michael Cook on Silk Reeling
November 18 – Swatch Swap presents “Skyscapes”
December 10 – Holiday party
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January 20 – Tracy Kastner presents “My Weaving Journey in Print”
February 15 (Thursday) – Connie Lippert on Wedge Weaving
March, April, May programs TBD
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Mahmoud and Alyssa
Mahmoud and Alyssa like to incorporate modern designs with traditional Arabic weaving methods. In this presentation, they will tell their story of their journeys in Syria, UAE, Turkey, and the US, as well as discuss Arabic weaving traditions and history.
Mahmoud and Alyssa are a Syrian-American handweaving family. They met during a chance encounter in Dubai in 2019 and instantly bonded over their shared love of weaving. Mahmoud’s family in Syria has been weaving for hundreds of years, and he learned the art at a young age.
In Dubai, they owned a store where they sold handmade kilims, fine antique carpets, and other Arabic and Persian items. They also had a weaving studio where they taught families the art of weft-faced weaving.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Margot first learned to weave in 2010 as part of a study to understand the process of creating textiles from start to finish. Following the belief that to know your production line, you must be your production line, this project became an all-encompassing life practice- incorporating animal husbandry, yarn spinning technologies and fine hand weaving. Her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. She received her BA in studio art from Bard College in 2009 and her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2020 where she was awarded the Edwin Anthony & Adelaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship and the Toni A. Lowenthal Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Textiles. She is currently a Resident Artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the latest recipient of CHH’s Tilly Marchwinski scholarship.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Blaine Davis was the main presenter for the program. He has been weaving for over 40 years, both on multi-shaft and tapestry looms. His tapestry work has been shown at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and in a small show in Blonduos, Iceland, where he did a one month residency at the Icelandic Textile Institute. He is also a printmaker and is currently a member of Archway Gallery in Houston.
February 18, 2023
with Mary Brown
January 21, 2023
Up Close and Personal
Of Memory and Matter
November 19, 2022
An Endangered Yet Thoroughly
by Elizabeth Ashdown
October 15, 2022
Crête, Tassel, Gimp, Galon and Bullion – just some of the fascinating and mystical terms associated with a rare and fascinating textile art. Often overlooked as a frivolous decoration, passementerie was once used as the ultimate status symbol and signifier of good taste and wealth within both interior and fashion design. Join our meeting to hear about the fascinating, and often dramatic, history of passementerie, as well as how contemporary artists and designers are reinventing this heritage craft.
October’s speaker wass Elizabeth Ashdown. Elizabeth received her MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art and is one of a very few individuals specializing in this type of weaving. She has produced exclusive handmade designs for clients such as Liberty, the Clothworkers’ Company, Cassamance and Camira Fabrics; she has also completed multiple commissions for private clients. For more about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her website.
The Boro Phenomenon
by Yoshiko Wada
September 17, 2022