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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.

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WSSA Silent Auction At WEST Studio Tour

Local fiber and dyestuffs is the theme of an exhibit at this year’s Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin stop on the WEST Studio Tour the weekends of May 13-14 and 20-21, 2017.  Included will be a silent auction for a large shawl spun and woven at the Kid ‘N Ewe fiber-to-shawl demo last November. Six members of the guild (Eileen Thompson, Sharon Bramblett, Annabell Duncan, Penny Skelley, Sandy Curtis, and Bethany Hebbard) spun the fiber from Sharon’s llama for the weft, while Mickey Stam wove the shawl.

The loom had been warped in advance mostly with yarn spun by Sharon from one of her llamas, while the purple stripes were spun by Mickey from Old Oaks Ranch alpaca. The purple is from lichen she gathered in West Virginia.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the WSSA scholarship fund.  You have an opportunity to bid on the shawl and other items during the Friday Opening and through the two weekends.  The winning bids will be chosen at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2017.

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WEST Austin Studio Tour 2017

Saturdays and Sundays
May 13, 14 & 20,21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

Weaving, spinning, dyeing, and felting demonstrations. Exhibit of works by guild members, including:

Mary Macaulay – felted jewelry, hats, slippers, flowers, scarves.  Some hangings too
Aimee Kandl –  hand-dyed yarns inspired from natural and manmade landscapes
Meg Wilson – Wire woven bracelets, nunofelted scarves, handwoven towels.
Sarah Monger -Hand made blending boards and pottery yarn bowls and mugs.
Gail McGlamery – Hand-dyed rovings, hand-blended rolags, hand-spun art yarns, scarves
Linda Yeatts –  Hand-woven clothing & wraps, hand-knitted accessories, custom-dyed yarns made into sculptured art.

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin
Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

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

April 2017 Meetings

Program Night —African Textiles with Molly Martin
April 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Molly Martin will give an introduction to some of the traditional textiles from West Africa. There will be many examples of strip-woven textiles. Ghanaian Adinkra cloths, Malian mudcloth, Nigerian indigo-dyed pieces, Fon applique from Republic of Benin and more will be on tables to examine. We will focus on both technical and cultural background.

 

Hands on Night
April 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

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. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel. If needed, we may also assist with preparations for WEST.

March 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Pricing
March 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Mickey Stam will be leading a discussion on how to price our wares for sale. If you are planning to sell your weaving, spinning or other items at WEST, this will be quite useful!

Hands on Night
March 23, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

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. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel.

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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