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Welcome!

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.

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September 2014 Programs: Conferences and Equipment

Program Night — Conferences: Convergence, Complex Weavers, Saori, CHT

HGAThursday, 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.

Project Night is now Hands-on Night!

blue hands heartWe 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!

Happy Summer!

Dukagång TolvmansgårdenWe 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

July 10, 2014 Program Night– Spinning Gossamer Threads

Spinning Gossamer ThreadsJoin 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.

Thursday June 12, 2014 Spring Picnic

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Our annual spring picnic will be held at a member’s house.
6:30-9 PM.  We will provide plates, cups and utensils, bring a dish or drink to share. See the Yahoo-group for address.

We hope you’ll join us for our annual meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.

WEST Austin Studio Tour

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Saturdays and Sundays • May 10-11 and 17-18, 2014 • 11am – 6pm
2802 Benbrook Drive • Austin • Texas • 78757

First stop on the tour!
Weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting demonstrations.

Exhibit of works by guildmembers including:

Patricia Day Woven Designs –
Handwoven wearables

Sidne Tiemann –
Ceramics, woven rugs and wall hangings

Meg Wilson, Nunoweavings –
Felted scarves and woven towels

Colleen Launer Yarbrough, Heartwoven Designs –
Woven wearable art, nuno felted art

Mary Macaulay, Woolyfiori –
Felted hats, accessories, scarves, flowers and art objects

Members of the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin

Full tour info, maps and more on  Big Medium’s  website

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May 9, 2014 Program Night

Bring all your woven bands to the May meeting at NorthWest Rec Center.  We hope to have enough to spread all the way around the room.  That might be 20 feet x 40 feet or thereabouts.  I hope we get examples of all the types of band weaving that we have done in the past…including inkle bands, Andean pebble weave, tablet or card weaving, rigid heddle bands, twinning, split braids and the list goes on.  We can learn so much from seeing what everyone has done and if you can talk about your work and share patterns thatInkle Bands would be wonderful.  We will try a few types of band weaving then on project night.

The Blanton has a wonderful exhibit now on Ancient Andean Pottery and Weaving.  This should be a must see for us this spring and summer.  If you have been to the exhibit and want to give a report to us at either of the meetings that would be appreciated.