Sandhills Handweavers Guild meets monthly in the Ball Visitors Center Guild members meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the classroom at the Ball Visitors Center on the Sandhills Community College campus from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Our members sign up to be responsible for one month’s program during the year. Although they don’t necessarily have to give it, they do plan it. Consequently, we have had some fascinating guests who have talked about their work or craft. A case in point would be the Montagnard Weavers from Vietnam who demonstrated their gorgeous back-strap weaving and even let us try it.

We are fortunate in having a terrific pool of talent in our Guild. Frequently members with a particular skill or interest will put on a mini-workshop for us. Over the years we have been introduced to many wonderful fiber arts and crafts such as Kumihimo, tablet weaving, Inkle loom weaving, dyeing and felting.

Following the program, we discuss any guild business, especially if we are planning a special event in the near future. And finally, we adjourn to the kitchen for tea and cookies.

Sheep shearing at Laura's farm

A Guild outing to Laura’s farm

Once the warm weather arrives, we try to visit one of our member’s farms instead of having our regular classroom meeting. Several years ago, Laura invited us to her farm for a sheep-shearing demonstration. These visits should really be categorized under “Special Events” because they are so special, usually involving lunch and an outdoor program.