WSSA welcomes all fiber enthusiasts, be they weavers, spinners, felters, dyers, or basketmakers.
We meet the second and fourth Thursday each month.
The second Thursday is our Program meeting and takes place at the Northwest Recreation Center 2913 Northland Drive in Austin. We start at 6:30 PM with social time and show and tell, followed at 7 with a short business meeting and a program. Our program usually has a speaker, but sometimes it is a hands-on program, and is about a hour long.
The fourth Thursday is a Hands-on meeting and takes place at the Austin Recreation Center 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd. Members gather starting at 7 PM to weave, spin, knit, or work on other fiber-related projects. It is a perfect venue for beginners to gather tips and techniques
There are no meetings in August, and no Hands-on Nights in November and December.
Our October meeting at NorthWest Recreation Center will feature Sara Lamb’s DVD Spin to Weave and a presentation by WSSA member Meg Wilson about the summer’s Complex Weavers Seminars
Here is the description of Spin to Weave from Interweave’s website:
With expertise and enthusiasm, Sara shows the joy and satisfaction of weaving with handspun yarns.
For 20,000 years, weavers have made cloth with handspun, and you can, too. It’s the ultimate in textile artistry: creating cloth from fiber to yarn to the finished product. When you spin yarn for weaving, you have complete control over the color, texture, and performance of your fabric. Continue reading
Celebrate National Spinning and Weaving Week, here are a few local events:
WSSA Program Night: Spin to Weave and a recap of this Summers Complex Weavers Seminars. We will meet NW Recreation Center at 6:30.
Hill Country Yarn Crawl with 13 local shops participating.
Spinzilla a global event with teams around the world competing to see who can spin the most yarn.
Program Night — Conferences: Convergence, Complex Weavers, Saori, CHT
Thursday, September 11 We will kick off the new Guild year and fall season with a look at all the fabulous conferences and workshops some of our members attended this summer – from Convergence to Complex Weavers to Saori! Also, since next June we will be the host Guild for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference, we will find out all about CHT. Program nights start at 6:30 PM and are held at NW Recreation Center.
Hands-on Night –The Wheels in the Guild go Round and Round: Use and Care of Equipment
Thursday, September 25 Wondering why your wheel squeaks like a mouse trapped in a disco ball? Curious about how to use wool combs without being tortured like St. Blaise? Want to run wild and drum-card creative art batts for spinning outrageous yarns? Join WSSA on September 25 as spinner and artist Aimee Kandl enlightens us on the best ways to use, maintain, and store our spinning and fiber-processing equipment. Hands-on night starts at 7 PM and is held at the Austin Rec Center.
Maps to meeting locations.
We got tired of confusing Program Nights (2nd Thursdays at NorthWest Rec Center) and Project Night (4th Thursdays at Austin Rec Center) so we decided to re-name it to Hands-on Night.
Stay tuned, the Fall line up is being finalized. Our September meeting will be a wrap up of all the wonderful conferences our members went to this summer– Convergence, Complex Weavers and Saori, as well as an overview of the upcoming Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference to be hosted by… us!
We will have project night as usual at the ARC on July 24th, but we take August off, returning with a fresh new set of programs in the fall.
Several of us are heading to Convergence July 13-21 and will bring back stories of weaving adventures, exhibits seen and techniques learned.
Have a great summer and happy weaving!!
Dukagång from Tolvmansgården in Rimbo, Sweden
Join us for our last meeting of the Guild year.. we will watch a video about spinning fine cashmere. Yum. Below is the description from the Interweave website. We will also elect the 2014-2015 board members.
PieceWork magazine is proud to present a workshop that brings the traditions of Orenburg into your home.
The hand knitted shawls of Orenburg, located in the steppes of the southern Ural Mountains, set a world standard for exquisite handspun yarns and delicate lace patterning. The beauty and durability of these heirloom creations begin with the yarn: cashmere from the densely-coated goats of the region, an unusual way of preparing the fleece on a Central Asian-style comb, and skillful spindle spinning.
Galina Khmeleva has made a life work of learning the traditional skills of Orenburg spinners and knitters, and promoting their artistry throughout the world. In this DVD, you will learn first-hand:
- The properties of Orenburg cashmere and how they influence the knitting
- How to comb on a tool unique to the region
- How to separate the finest fibers from those more suitable for heavier knitting
- How to spin on the slender, shapely, whorl-free Orenburg spindle
- How to ply and finish your yarn
You’ll also hear wonderful stories from a woman who has spent her adult life absorbing the traditions that bring this time-honored folk craft to life.