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Innovative Weaving – Exploring Creativity

book-coverThe WSSA Creativity Study Group book is now on Amazon!

For most of the 2015-2016 Guild year a WSSA study group met at Mickey Stam’s house once a month. During each gathering, we looked at a different non-fiber art form and explored ways to draw inspiration from it. We had tons of fun learning about everything from film to fashion to installation art, but also brainstormed and shared a lot of wonderful ideas.

The study guide developed from the study group, Innovative Weaving, is now available on Amazon.com. This guide provides inspirations for your weaving and other fiber arts, as well as numerous photos of the beautiful work accomplished by  guild members.

Chock full of  inspiration you need for your next project and beyond.  This book explores ten different art forms for inspiration including painting, architecture, sculpture, music, and performance art.  It includes brainstorming exercises to generate innovative ideas for your weaving and practical advice to help you embrace risk, add artistic concepts, work in a series, and write your artist statement. Each chapter provides material for a twelve-month course of study.

The first chapter suggests methods for organizing a study group that is able to produce the greatest number of innovative ideas. On the other hand, the book is just as helpful for any weaver or other fiber artist working independently.

More info on the Innovative Weaving website. All royalties go to WSSA’s space fund to help us eventually get our own guild space.  $24.75 and  available at Amazon.

 

July Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
July 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Tapestry Weaving is a combination of weaving and storytelling. WSSA’s own Kissiah Carlson will teach us basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story! (This has been rescheduled from February, it is not a repeat.)

Hands-on Night
July 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-1790

Weaving 101 will take an in-depth look at color & weave, following up from our color session last year. This is all done on plain weave so weavers of all levels of experience can learn how color behaves when woven up. The spinning circle will be active as usual and the library will be open for reading or checking out of materials. If you have any other projects you’d like to work on, feel free to bring them instead, the more the merrier.

June 2017 Meetings and Annual Picnic!

June Program Night —Picnic Potluck
June 8, 2017
6:30-8:45 pm, Meg Wilson’s House, see newsletter for address

Please join us for a potluck picnic at Meg’s House (we will NOT be at the regular meeting venue, please note it in your calendars!). Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils.  In addition to our usual good eats and great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening. All members are welcome!

June Hands-on Night
June 22, 2017
7-9 pm, Austin Recreation Center

Hands-on night is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along. Also if you’re new to spinning and weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual we’ll have an informal spin-in, the library will be open.

Please note that Weaving 101 is on hiatus until July.

WEST Austin Studio Tour Schedule of Activities 2017

Note: There will also be ongoing weaving and spinning demonstrations.

Friday, May 12, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm

Music

Joe Farley Trip

Patio

Saturday, May 13, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Osage Orange Dyeing

Becky Johnson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Cochineal Dyeing

Bethany Hebbard

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Reclaiming Yarn

Pam James

Garage

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Washing a Wool Fleece

Sandy Curtis

Patio

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Lichen

Mickey Stam

Garage Dye Kitchen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Pecan Shells

Melinda Estelle

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Onion Skins

Mary Macauley

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 21, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Frostweed

Eileen Thompson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Weaving Weft-Faced Inlay with Llama

Inga Marie Carmel

Center Room

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Crepe Myrtle

Sandy Curtis

Garage Dye Kitchen

4:00 pm

Final bid on silent auction.

 

Fibershed Exhibit

May 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Austin Fibershed/Local Materials Study Group
May 11, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

The local materials study group, led by Becky Johnson, will report on their discoveries over the past year about the benefits and opportunities in sourcing fiber and dye materials from our local region. This group has led to the creation of the Austin Fibershed group

Exploring our local options will be the theme of our WEST open studio, so it is a great time to learn about what Texas has to offer.

Hands-on Night
May 25, 2017
7 – 9 PM

Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-1790

Hands-on Night is a favorite time to bring your work-in-progress, learn a bit of a new skill, or join in on our continuing informal spin-in gatherings. Our library is always open so stop by and pick up some reading materials to keep yourself busy over the summer holidays or just check out a new skill that inspired you at WEST.

WSSA Silent Auction At WEST Studio Tour

Local fiber and dyestuffs is the theme of an exhibit at this year’s Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin stop on the WEST Studio Tour the weekends of May 13-14 and 20-21, 2017.  Included will be a silent auction for a large shawl spun and woven at the Kid ‘N Ewe fiber-to-shawl demo last November. Six members of the guild (Eileen Thompson, Sharon Bramblett, Annabell Duncan, Penny Skelley, Sandy Curtis, and Bethany Hebbard) spun the fiber from Sharon’s llama for the weft, while Mickey Stam wove the shawl.

The loom had been warped in advance mostly with yarn spun by Sharon from one of her llamas, while the purple stripes were spun by Mickey from Old Oaks Ranch alpaca. The purple is from lichen she gathered in West Virginia.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the WSSA scholarship fund.  You have an opportunity to bid on the shawl and other items during the Friday Opening and through the two weekends.  The winning bids will be chosen at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2017.

April 2017 Meetings

Program Night —African Textiles with Molly Martin
April 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Molly Martin will give an introduction to some of the traditional textiles from West Africa. There will be many examples of strip-woven textiles. Ghanaian Adinkra cloths, Malian mudcloth, Nigerian indigo-dyed pieces, Fon applique from Republic of Benin and more will be on tables to examine. We will focus on both technical and cultural background.

 

Hands on Night
April 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-1790

We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel. If needed, we may also assist with preparations for WEST.

WEST Austin Studio Tour 2017

Saturdays and Sundays
May 13, 14 & 20,21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

Weaving, spinning, dyeing, and felting demonstrations. Exhibit of works by guild members, including:

Mary Macaulay – felted jewelry, hats, slippers, flowers, scarves.  Some hangings too
Aimee Kandl –  hand-dyed yarns inspired from natural and manmade landscapes
Meg Wilson – Wire woven bracelets, nunofelted scarves, handwoven towels.
Sarah Monger -Hand made blending boards and pottery yarn bowls and mugs.
Gail McGlamery – Hand-dyed rovings, hand-blended rolags, hand-spun art yarns, scarves
Linda Yeatts –  Hand-woven clothing & wraps, hand-knitted accessories, custom-dyed yarns made into sculptured art.

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin
Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!