West Austin Studio Tour 2015

West Austin Studio Tour is a ton of fun. We take over a member’s house and turn it into a pop-up gallery and working studio with demos and vendors.

Sign up to help HERE!

WEST tour  May 9-10 and May 16-17
Times:  11-6

Here is the description from the WEST website:
“WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their collections and supporting local artisans.”


Programs in March 2015

March 12th Program Night and March 26th Hands-on Night

Ever heard of Sprang? Well come to the March 12th program meeting at the NorthWest Recreation Center to hear Eileen Thompson’s presentation on this unique textile technique.  Sprang is a stretchable fabric which looks like a cross between knitting, braiding and even weaving! The meeting starts at 6:30 with 30 minutes of social time, and we wrap it up by 8:45.

For the March 26th, Hands on Project Night, Eileen will teach us how to make this mysterious textile with such a wonderful name. Hands-on Nights are held at the Austin Recreation Center from 7-9 PM

Maps to both locations can be found HERE.

Spring has sprang!

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Program Night February 12, 2015

photo Rock the Sock!

Forget the Jimmy Choos, there’s nothing more luxurious and decadent than handspun and handknit socks!  Aimee Kandl, expert sock knitter and incompetent sock yarn spinner will shed some light on this titillating topic.  We’ll view great moments in handspun sock history, starting 2,000 years ago and leaping over the industrial revolution straight to the present-day handspinning renaissance.  Controversial sock yarn subjects such as proper fiber choice, preparation, drafting, and photoply will be discussed in a civilized manner.  Eileen Thompson, expert spinner, will knock your socks off with her excellent technique demonstration for spinning fine and even singles.  Sizing handspun yarn, calculating knitting gauge, estimating yardage, and recommended knitting patterns will be reviewed as well.     

Links from Aimee’s presentation can be found on her website.

SHARE Workshop- January 17-18, 2015

Saturday January 17th, 10am to 4pm,  Sunday 18th, 1pm to 6:00pm

Westbank Public Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746
Directions:  http://www.westbanklibrary.com/directions

We are doing a repeat performance of the very popular Weaving Winter Workshop or www.SHARE workshop.  Participants in the workshop are asked to bring a loom warped and ready to weave in a pattern of your choice.  Not to worry if you can’t come with a prepared loom, we will also have a few extra looms warped and ready to weave.

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January 8th and 22nd, 2015 Meetings

1665.cardloom.jpg-250x0Our January 8th Program Meeting at NorthWest Recreation Center will feature a presentation by Meg Wilson of the Scarf Exchange for the  CHT Conference in June. The challenge has been issued to create a scarf!  Not just any old “off the shelf” scarf,
 but a fabulous one-of-a-kind, innovative and enviable piece of art.  Your challenge is to use some of the new fibers such as Makeup, Raffia, Film, Ciniglione, Horsehair, Paper loops, Tropico, Hemp, Bamboo.

Also, in preparation for our upcoming Hands-on Night on cardweaving,  we will explore the background of cardweaving and learn more about those fabulous woven bands that can be made using just colored yarn and simple cardboard squares. The Program meeting starts at 6:30.   The Hands-on Meeting will be on January 22nd, at Austin Rec Center as usual, starting at 7PM.

Time to Renew for 2015!



It’s January and 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 on January 1st!  It’s one less thing to think about and you can cancel this feature at any time.  Continue reading

 WSSA Holiday Party

Yarn Ball WreathDecember 11th, 7pm

It’s that time of year again!  Come and celebrate the season at our annual holiday party.  Bring a dish for our delicious potluck, beverages of all types are always welcome, and a fiber related gift for our lively gift exchange.  Of course, it would not be a WSSA event without a show and tell item too!

It’s at a members house so please see newsletter or emails, or contact wsssaustin.org@gmail.com