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West Austin Studio Tour, May 14,15 & 21, 22


We’re stop #3 on the West Austin Studio Tour, aka WEST, this year. Come check out our pop-up gallery and guild sale.

May 14,15 & 21, 22
11:00am – 6:00pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

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

Rebekah Dykhuis handwoven pillows, felted items, and handspun yarn
Pam James,  Fringe Benefits handwoven wearables and art
Mary Macaulay, WoolyFiori Felted hats, flowers, vessels, wearables
Gail McGlamery Hand dyed wool, art batts, handspun yarn and handwoven shawls
Sidne Tiemann & Susan Bussard ceramics and handwoven wearables
Meg Wilson handwovens and wire jewelry
Linda Yeatts Moonbeam Weaving, handwoven wraps, scarves and other wearables

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin

Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

Downloads of vendor applications, inventory forms and procedures will be  available HERE

Downloadable WEST 2016 flyer

April 28, 2016 Hands-on Night– Spinning with Locks

CricketThicket_tailspun7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Bring your spinning and weaving projects for our Hands-on-Night.  Also, if you would like to learn how to make a beautiful curly yarn, Jayne Black will be on hand to teach is the technique for making tailspun or lockspun yarn from wool locks. Bring your spinning wheel, wool locks and learn this very cool technique.  We will also have some wool locks and an extra wheel or two on hand.

The library will be open for book returns and check-out  or just for browsing our wonderful collection.

Picture credit: CricketThicket

April 14th, 2016 Program Night – Ambrocio Gutierrez, Oaxacan Rug Weaver

Artisans in the village of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico have been weaving rugs for literally centuries.  Our guild is very lucky to have as a member one of those weavers and we are very glad he is going to share his experiences with us for this program. Besides weaving, Ambrocio is also interested in the Zapotec language, which is his mother tongue.  It was this interest, which brought him to Austin, where he is a first year PhD student at the UT Department of Linguistics.

Ambrocio is from Teotitlán del Valle and learned to weave when he was 9-10 years old.  Weaving is the main economic activity in the community and most males, and nowadays females, start to learn at that age.  The loom used is a pedal loom, and the number of pairs of pedals depends on the width of the loom and size of rug one makes.  Young weavers usually start with small rugs about 23 by 15 inches.  As the weavers become older and gain experience, the size of the rug also increases. Ambrocio usually weaves rugs approximately 4 by 7 feet (amazing!).  When Ambrocio is weaving he enjoys combining colors and figures. Even though at times he has to adapt a pattern to a customer’s choice, he likes to create his own patterns or designs.

Our program nights run from 6:30-8:45 at NorthWest Recreation Center.


March 10th,  Program Night — Recycling sweaters

Pam_James_2 Way before it was cool, Pam began using sweaters for sourcing cotton, wool, chenille, metallic and all kinds of wonderful weaving yarns from her thrift store sweater finds.  She will teach us all the ends and outs of finding and upcycling sweaters to make awesome and affordable yarn for weaving.  

We meet at 6:30 for socializing.  The program portion of the meeting begins at 7:00 with member’s “show and tell”, WSSA announcements and then on to the Pam’s Recycled Sweater Yarn program.   We meet at NorthWest Rec Center.

Photo Credit: Pam James

March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo

IMG_7775March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Laura’s Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733

This year we will be doing things a little bit differently for our SHARE workshop.   We will have a guest teacher, Yohannah Klingensmith, giving a presentation and demonstration on loom warping.  She taught this same class at CHT and it was very successful. This will take place the first part of the day.  The second part of the day guild members will “SHARE” their weaving and spinning talents by demonstration and teaching.

Yohannah has been weaving since she was ten.  She works and teaches weaving at Homestead Fiber Arts, part of the Homestead Craft Village  which features award winning woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, leather work and quilting in addition to fiber crafts.

Yohannah’s workshop is an overview of warping a loom in the back to front Swedish method.  All the basic steps will be covered from measuring the warp to dressing the loom.  During the course of the class Yohannah will demo how this is done and will share her wisdom of warping and dressing a loom

In keeping with the original theme of the SHARE workshop, after the class guild members will demo weaving and spinning.

11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members

Both portions of the day are open to the public.
Please CLICK HERE to register for the workshop (no charge for the workshop, donations welcome).  We also need members to demo the day of the workshop.

February 25, 2016 Hands-on Night – Exploring Pin Looms

February 25, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Austin Recreation Center

In addition to our usual Spin/Weave-In, we will be playing with pin looms. If you have a pin loom bring it to the meeting.  Supplies and instruction for making your own heart pin loom will also be available.

The Library is always open on Hands-on Night.

Picture credit: Jupiter’s Child


Carol Wyche 1945-2016

Carol Wyche was a long term WSSA member, she passed away on January 21st. Eileen Thompson wrote this remembrance of her. Sharon Bramblett provided the pictures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarol was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she attended Rice University.    Her family was of German origin and as a little girl she was taught to crochet by her grandmother.    In college she learned to knit from her roommate’s mother and began a lifetime’s interest in the fiber arts.

I met her for the first time in 1983 when the Texas Knitters & Crochet Guild was formed (later to be become the Austin Knitters & Crochet Guild).    She was an enthusiastic demonstrator of  knitting for the guild at Winedale,  in Dallas at the Texas Irish Festival where she knit Celtic hose and at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.   She loved to design knitting patterns for tams some of which can still be found on her web site under Firewheel Designs at cjwyche.org.   Later in the 80’s she took a spinning lesson from Carol Rhoades and soon became equally proficient at spinning.   A teacher by profession, she delighted in teaching knitting and spinning and was known as a particularly talented and patient teacher.  When the Wildflower Fiber retreat began about 1989 it was one of the few places for knitters, spinners and weavers to gather – and Carol, Suzanne Correira of Fireant Ranch and I would make the long trek out to Tyler together to attend.    In its later years she was their regular new spinners helper.    She was also a member of the Llama Mamas spinning team demonstrating a Fiber to Fashion  (or Sheep to Shawl) at the Kidn’Ewe Fiber Festival many times.

CW 2008 L shawlOver the years she held various jobs – demonstrating spinning and weaving at Pioneer Farm  and the French Legation and teaching knitting and spinning in her home.   When Old Oaks Ranch opened in Wimberly she became their spinning teacher and again became known for her ability to teach even those who were “all thumbs” to spin.

Carol was a WSSA member for many years.    She bought a loom at one time and gave weaving a try, but decided it was not for her, preferring instead to concentrate on designing intricate and unusual patterns for her beautiful handspun yarns.   She was the Registrar for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference when it was hosted by WSSA in 2005 putting in many long hours of volunteer work.  She was always extremely generous in sharing her knowledge and skills and happy to help anyone wanting to learn knitting or spinning.

Typically, in her final days she insisted on teaching her caregiver to knit and continued knitting herself, finishing a poncho she had designed a few days before her death from inflammatory breast cancer. She will be greatly missed.