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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.

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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.

 

September 2017 Meetings

Program Night —What I did on my Fibervacation

September 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Our almost annual “What Did I Did On My Summer Vacation?” program on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm, but we get there at 6:30 to visit, look at what people have brought to share, etc.

This year we have four speakers, who traveled the world from Sweden to Guatemala this summer, some of going as far away as Houston, all sharing what they discovered in the world of fiber.

Cricket Rose – Basketry Joys
Inga Marie Carmel – Impractical Weaves
Meg Wilson – A Hodge-Podge of Interesting Things Learned Over the Summer
Ruth Taylor – Indigena Guatemalan Weavers

If there is time, Mickey Stam will talk about an exhibit at the CHT Conference and the new Textile Museum in DC.

Hands-on Night
September 28, 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 closer look at Color-and-Weave effects — the wonderful way color and interlacement interact to make patterns in cloth. Much of it is done on plain weave and this program is suitable for weavers on any loom.

August 2017 — No Meetings

WSSA is taking some time off for summer, we will not have Program or Hands-On meetings this month. We’ll return again in September. Thanks for another great guild year!

July Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
July 13, 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 us basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story! (This has been rescheduled from February, it is not a repeat.)

Hands-on Night
July 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Weaving 101 will take an in-depth look at color & weave, following up from our color session last year. This is all done on plain weave so weavers of all levels of experience can learn how color behaves when woven up. 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.

June 2017 Meetings and Annual Picnic!

June Program Night —Picnic Potluck
June 8, 2017
6:30-8:45 pm, Meg Wilson’s House, see newsletter for address

Please join us for a potluck picnic at Meg’s House (we will NOT be at the regular meeting venue, please note it in your calendars!). Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils.  In addition to our usual good eats and great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening. All members are welcome!

June Hands-on Night
June 22, 2017
7-9 pm, Austin Recreation Center

Hands-on night is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along. Also if you’re new to spinning and weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual we’ll have an informal spin-in, the library will be open.

Please note that Weaving 101 is on hiatus until July.

WEST Austin Studio Tour Schedule of Activities 2017

Note: There will also be ongoing weaving and spinning demonstrations.

Friday, May 12, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm

Music

Joe Farley Trip

Patio

Saturday, May 13, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Osage Orange Dyeing

Becky Johnson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Cochineal Dyeing

Bethany Hebbard

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Reclaiming Yarn

Pam James

Garage

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Washing a Wool Fleece

Sandy Curtis

Patio

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Lichen

Mickey Stam

Garage Dye Kitchen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Pecan Shells

Melinda Estelle

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Onion Skins

Mary Macauley

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 21, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Frostweed

Eileen Thompson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Weaving Weft-Faced Inlay with Llama

Inga Marie Carmel

Center Room

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Crepe Myrtle

Sandy Curtis

Garage Dye Kitchen

4:00 pm

Final bid on silent auction.

 

Fibershed Exhibit

May 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Austin Fibershed/Local Materials Study Group
May 11, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

The local materials study group, led by Becky Johnson, will report on their discoveries over the past year about the benefits and opportunities in sourcing fiber and dye materials from our local region. This group has led to the creation of the Austin Fibershed group

Exploring our local options will be the theme of our WEST open studio, so it is a great time to learn about what Texas has to offer.

Hands-on Night
May 25, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Hands-on Night is a favorite time to bring your work-in-progress, learn a bit of a new skill, or join in on our continuing informal spin-in gatherings. Our library is always open so stop by and pick up some reading materials to keep yourself busy over the summer holidays or just check out a new skill that inspired you at WEST.