Featured post

Warp Speed Ahead!

CHT conferenceWSSA is proud to host the biennial Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference

June 24 – 28, 2015

DoubleTree Hilton
@ 6505 IH 35 N
Austin, TX   78752

This regional weaving and fiber event will feature a vendor area, exhibits, demonstrations and weave-in that are free and open to the public.

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

November 13, 2014 Program Night – So you want to enter a fashion show ?

One of the highlights of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference is the fashion show.

colorful_floral_girl_silhouette_148620At our November meeting,  Meg Wilson will fill us in on details relating to the CHT fashion show and some of the specifics of submitting a garment to the CHT Conference “Warp Speed Ahead” in June 2015.

Aimee Kandl will then present what judges may be looking for in a garment, as well as giving pointers and tips for entering apparel into the fashion show.

Finally Mickey Stam, Colleen Launer Yarbrough and Pam James will share their experience weaving for garment construction and entering a juried show. Colleen recently won 2nd place at the Wool Festival at Taos for one of her garments.

Please bring  any woven apparel they you have made, and if an item which was entered a show to be judged, to we’d love to see  the judges comment form.

There is no Hands-on night in November due to Thanksgiving.

October 9, 2014 Program Night– Spin to Weave, Complex Weavers Seminar

Our October meeting at NorthWest Recreation Center will feature Sara Lamb’s DVD Spin to Weave and a presentation by WSSA member Meg Wilson about the summer’s Complex Weavers Seminars


Here is the description of Spin to Weave from spin2weaveInterweave’s website:

With expertise and enthusiasm, Sara shows the joy and satisfaction of weaving with handspun yarns.

For 20,000 years, weavers have made cloth with handspun, and you can, too. It’s the ultimate in textile artistry: creating cloth from fiber to yarn to the finished product. When you spin yarn for weaving, you have complete control over the color, texture, and performance of your fabric. Continue reading

It’s National Spinning & Weaving Week!

SWWEEKCelebrate National Spinning and Weaving Week, here are a few local events:

WSSA Program Night: Spin to Weave and a recap of this Summers Complex Weavers Seminars. We will meet  NW Recreation Center at 6:30.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl  with 13 local shops participating.

Spinzilla a global event with teams around the world competing to see who can spin the most yarn.


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.