Meetings in May, 2015

keep-calm-and-get-ready-for-chtMay 14th Program night
This month’s program night is devoted to helping with preparations for the CHT conference.  Boring? No!  We will have door prizes and snacks for all the participants – also, great chance to enjoy uninterrupted social time!  Please join us for this fun and productive evening.

May 28th Hands-on Project night  – No agenda, just getting together to spin, weave or work on any personal fiber project; great opportunity to peruse the library and share our skills.  Will feature a demo from an interesting spinning item available through our lending library.

West Austin Studio Tour 2015- May 9,10 and 16,17

5x7 WSSA WEST CARD FRONTPlease join us for our 3rd West Austin Studio Tour

Stop #2  2802 Benbrook, 78751
11-6 both weekends

  • weaving & spinning
  • hand-spun yarns & wearables
  • hand-dyed fibers
  • felted & knitted items
  • shop & learn

Featuring local artists
Mickey Stam
Aimee Kandl
Pam James
Mary Macaulay
Linda Yeattswest_logo_dates
Sidne Tiemann
Sarah Monger
and the members of WSSA

This is  a free family event: stop by to see weaving and spinning in progress and experience the wonders of indigo dyeing.

Thanks to Heather Wykrent for our beautiful flyer. 


Shawl Raffle

Raffle ShawlThis gorgeous shawl was hand spun and handwoven by the Llama Mamas during the Kid ‘n’ Ewe Sheep to Shawl contest last November.

We’re raffling it off as a benefit for WSSA’s storage space.   One of our biggest assets is our library, looms, spinning wheels and other equipment — and when it’s not checked out it needs to be somewhere. The storage unit we rent is by far our biggest expense.

Raffle tickets are available during Guild meetings or from members.

Please pick up a packet and sell 25 tickets to your friends ($1 ea or 6 for $5). The drawing will take place at WSSA’s June 11 picnic – you don’t have to be present to win! We’ve raised about $250 so far, but the shawl is worth more than that!



Programs in April 2015

Shepherdsrug_etsyApril 9 Program Night and April 23rd Hands-on Night

Did you know we have an amazing custom rug weaver and shop right here in Texas? Reinhard Schoffthaler rugs are made of natural fiber, raw wool or llama fleeces and are produced using early 20th Century carders, hand made looms and shuttles. Learn all about this shop and his techniques from Sharon Bramblett, who has been on multiple tours and even set up a website for his business.  The meeting is held at NorthWest Recreation Center, it starts at 6:30 with 30 minutes of social time, and we wrap it up by 8:45.

 As a follow up, at the April 23rd Hands on Project Night, we will learn the technique of braiding rugs from wool roving using the book The Shepherd’s Rug by Letty Klein and Ann Brown. Hands-on Nights are held at the Austin Recreation Center from 7-9 PM.

Maps to both locations can be found HERE.

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West Austin Studio Tour 2015

West Austin Studio Tour is a ton of fun. We take over a member’s house and turn it into a pop-up gallery and working studio with demos and vendors.

Sign up to help HERE!

WEST tour  May 9-10 and May 16-17
Times:  11-6

Here is the description from the WEST website:
“WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their collections and supporting local artisans.”


Programs in March 2015

March 12th Program Night and March 26th Hands-on Night

Ever heard of Sprang? Well come to the March 12th program meeting at the NorthWest Recreation Center to hear Eileen Thompson’s presentation on this unique textile technique.  Sprang is a stretchable fabric which looks like a cross between knitting, braiding and even weaving! The meeting starts at 6:30 with 30 minutes of social time, and we wrap it up by 8:45.

For the March 26th, Hands on Project Night, Eileen will teach us how to make this mysterious textile with such a wonderful name. Hands-on Nights are held at the Austin Recreation Center from 7-9 PM

Maps to both locations can be found HERE.

Spring has sprang!

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Program Night February 12, 2015

photo Rock the Sock!

Forget the Jimmy Choos, there’s nothing more luxurious and decadent than handspun and handknit socks!  Aimee Kandl, expert sock knitter and incompetent sock yarn spinner will shed some light on this titillating topic.  We’ll view great moments in handspun sock history, starting 2,000 years ago and leaping over the industrial revolution straight to the present-day handspinning renaissance.  Controversial sock yarn subjects such as proper fiber choice, preparation, drafting, and photoply will be discussed in a civilized manner.  Eileen Thompson, expert spinner, will knock your socks off with her excellent technique demonstration for spinning fine and even singles.  Sizing handspun yarn, calculating knitting gauge, estimating yardage, and recommended knitting patterns will be reviewed as well.     

Links from Aimee’s presentation can be found on her website.