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January 2018 Meetings

Program Night — Three Perspectives on Color

January 11, 2018
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us this month for a three perspective approach to using what we know about color and applying it to our craft, be it spinning or weaving. Marie, Mickey and Aimee will each be presenting. We open the doors at 6:30 pm for visiting and checking out what people have brought to share.  Short business meeting and program start at 7:00 pm.

Bring your show and tell, we want to know what you did during the holidays!  And remember to bring your dues if you haven’t already paid for 2018.

Hands-on Night
January 25, 2018
7 – 9 PM

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

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.

Weaving 101 will focus on planning for the Share Workshop  January 27-28.  Bring your yarns and ideas we’ll help you develop a warping plan.

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SHARE — Warp-a-palooza 2018

Saturday January 27 11-5
Sunday January 28 1-5

Location: Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road
Google maps link

This event is free, but please RSVP HERE so we know how many are coming.

SHARE is a completely in-guild event, free to members and taught by members. We  will focus on warping and other things beginners might need to know to get over those first few humps.

Bring your portable looms — e.g.  Baby Wolf,  Wolf Pup, Baby Mac, table looms or rigid heddle looms.  We’ll try to have a guild loom or three, and will walk you though the steps to warp your loom.  Project to be determined, something narrow with not to many ends so we can get through it all quickly.  If you bring a rigid heddle loom we can show you how to put on a warp using the same technique used on a shaft loom, which is useful for longer warps and sometimes when there are a lot of color changes.  We will probably not be going over direct warping of rigid heddle looms.

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Time to renew for 2018!

RenewIt’s time for WSSA membership renewals. Our memberships run January to December.   You can renew online with one of these handy buttons, please consider setting up a recurrent dues payment in PayPal– that way your dues will be paid automagically every year.  It’s one less thing to think about and you can cancel this feature at any time.

As a reminder here is our current dues structure:

Regular dues $36
Out of town, Senior/ Fixed/ Low income or Student $20
Family membership $50
Sustainer member $50

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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.

 

Master Weavers Study Group

Presentations from the study group are HERE

Schedule
Most meetings are held third Thursday of each month at Old Quarry Library, 1:00-2:30 pm.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 MEETING: At Mickey’s, 2802 Benbrook Dr.

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December 2017 Program Night – Holiday Potluck

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 14, 2016
Begins at 6:30 pm

Let’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. The 2nd Thursday in December (12/14) will be a potluck/white elephant gift exchange. Bring a dish to share and an inexpensive fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell.

How it works:
1. Bring a potluck dish.
2. Don’t bring serving utensils.
3. Be aware of the Trail of Lights. Best to get to Meg’s place from Lamar, turning on Hether.
4. We will have plates and cups and utensils.
5. Bring a fibery gift for our gift exchange. Bring your dues!

Please note this is not held at our usual location, check your newsletter or the Google-group for address.

This is great time to renew your dues, if you haven’t already.

We don’t get together for Hands-on Night on December 26th, enjoy your holidays!
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year!

November 2017 Meeting

Program Night —Yarn Dolls from Thrums

November 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

The holidays are drawing near and I happened to spy a creation similar to the one pictured below on Marie’s loom after a board meeting one afternoon. I wanted nothing more than to have one of my own. It is a traditional Swedish holiday decoration called garntomte. It is the perfect way to use up those leftover bits you don’t have a use for, but can’t bear to part with.

So save your loom waste, thrums and leftover yarn for a fun activity during our program night on November 9th!!!  For those of you who don’t celebrate any particular holiday feel free to bring whatever colors you like and create your own interpretation of this traditional doll.

Meeting Reminders
No Hands-on meeting in November and December due to the holidays
December 14th’s Program Night  meeting will be a potluck/white elephant gift exchange. This meeting is not held at our usual location!!! Watch your newsletter.

October 2017 Meetings

Program Night — Selecting and Cleaning a Wool Fleece

October 12, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

This month we will talk about how to select and clean raw wool fleece.  We usually get there at 6:30 pm for visiting and checking out what people have brought to share.  Short business meeting and program start at 7:00 pm.

We are fortunate of have around nine sheep farms around us, giving us an opportunity to spin and felt local fiber.  But what breed is right for your intended purpose?  And how do you select a fleece that will be relatively easy to process with a minimum of wastage?

Thursday we will look at the various local breeds and explore the advantages and challenges of each. Charlene Steele from KidKat Ranch will join us to talk about her Leicester Longwool sheep and their wool.  Other breeders have sent us samples of their wool for us to examine, with some to take home.

Even if you are not a spinner or felter, you will gain a new appreciation of the magnificent qualities of wool and understand the commitment and passion of our local producers.

 

Hands-on Night
September 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

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.

Weaving 101 will take a look at shadow weave, that magical, almost 3 dimensional but deceptively simple weave.