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March 5, 2017, Stephen Yafa Talk – Cotton, A Revolutionary Fiber

Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:30 PM
Congregation Beth Israel Auditorium
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756
Free!

Come hear author Stephen Yafa talk on one of our favorite fibers., one that has “created fortunes, wrecked civilizations, and put America on the map!”

In “BIG COTTON: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber” author Stephen Yafa explores the extraordinary range of imagination and ingenuity required to convert a fluffy mass of fiber into a substance of unbelievable versatility. He traces cotton’s journey from its first domestication about 5,500 years ago in Asia, Africa, and South America, through the conflicts that led to the American Civil War, and finally examines its role nano-technology and bio-engineering-hot button topics in today’s global economy. Yafa reveals to us how cotton has dictated the economy, carved the environmental state, and been a key player in international relations for thousands of years. Continue reading

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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.

 

February Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
February 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Tapestry Weaving is a combination of weaving and storytelling. WSSA’s own Kissiah Carlson will teach basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story!

Hands on Night
February 23, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Our February workshop presenter, Joanne Hall, will be leading a session on band weaving. There are not enough sets to go around but if you are prepared to share, everyone can get a chance to try out this technique. We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books.

Please also check out the busy workshop schedule for February, including a warping day. The Joanne Hall workshops are now full.

Time to renew for 2017!

RenewIt’s time for WSSA membership renewals. Our memberships run January to December.  Dues remains the same as last year, and 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.

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January 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Choosing & Using Fiber
January 12, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us in January for a mixed media presentation about the differences in fiber types and how and when you might want to use them in projects. Suitable for weavers, spinners, felters & more. Learn the differences in animal fiber, the properties and production techniques of plant fibers and some of the new fibers like tencel, soysilk and milk.

Hands on Night
January 26, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We continue our informal spin-in gatherings and the Weaving 101 group will be learning about project planning including reading weaving drafts, calculating yardage for projects and more. Please see information on the February Workshops page about the all-day Warping workshop for the Weaving 101 group (and any others who wish to attend) on February 4.

February Workshops

We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing Joanne Hall here to teach a round-robin workshop from February 24-26, 2017. We will weave six different weaves that can be small table runners and samples. These can be planned to be larger woven projects. This is a great opportunity to try out a range of weaves from blankets and rugs to lace.

Joanne will also come to our Hands-On Night before the workshop and show us how to weave bands on backstrap looms.

So February is shaping up to be a great month to learn things!

Registration for all three events is here

February 4 – Warp-A-Palooza warping workshop at Laura’s Library
February 23 – Bandweaving during Hands-On Night with Joanne Hall at Austin Recreation Center
February 24-26 – Six Weaves Workshop with Joanne Hall at the Big Medium Gallery

Warp-a-Palooza and the Bandweaving meeting are both free to WSSA members.

It’s Renewal Time!

RenewIt’s the time again!  If you’d like to renew your membership, please pay your dues before the end of January 2017.  You have several options, one of which is to sign up for auto-billing / recurring payments, and the other is to pay a one-time payment via Paypal or check, more deatails  HERE

December Meeting — Holiday Shin-dig

retro-reindeer-imageLet’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. Bring a dish to share and a fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell

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

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 8, 2016
Begins at 7:00 pm

Remember there is no Hands-On Meeting in December due to the holidays.

Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful and happy New Year.