June 2016 Meetings

vintage-picnic-snapshot-28Annual Summer Picnic
June 9, 2016
6:30 to 9:00 PM
See email for location

Yahoo! It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Our annual summer picnic is on June 9th from 6:30-9 pm.

Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils. Members will receive location information via email. In addition to our usual good eats, great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.

Photo: WGSN Insider

June 23rd, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Come join the gang! This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.

WSSA also has a wonderful library and it is open for business during the Hands-on-Night meeting.

Photo Credit: anythingwithastring

West Austin Studio Tour, May 14,15 & 21, 22


We’re stop #3 on the West Austin Studio Tour, aka WEST, this year. Come check out our pop-up gallery and guild sale.

May 14,15 & 21, 22
11:00am – 6:00pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

WEST 2016 Tour Map

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

Rebekah Dykhuis handwoven pillows, felted items, and handspun yarn
Pam James,  Fringe Benefits handwoven wearables and art
Mary Macaulay, WoolyFiori Felted hats, flowers, vessels, wearables
Gail McGlamery Hand dyed wool, art batts, handspun yarn and handwoven shawls
Sidne Tiemann & Susan Bussard ceramics and handwoven wearables
Meg Wilson handwovens and wire jewelry
Linda Yeatts Moonbeam Weaving, handwoven wraps, scarves and other wearables

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin

Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

Downloads of vendor applications, inventory forms and procedures will be  available HERE

Downloadable WEST 2016 flyer

May 2016 Meetings — Boundweave

Krokbragd Cricket

Program Night
May 12, 2016
NorthWest Rec Center

Boundweave is a wonderfully versatile and fun way to weave. It’s weft faced and loom controlled, forming a thick, sturdy fabric that’s great for everything from rugs to bags. We’ll be looking at Bound Rosepath, Krokbragd and some 3 and 4 shaft variations.

We will continue the explorations during Hands-on Night  on May 26th and there will be a loom warped for bound Rosepath at WEST for you to weave on

Our program nights run from 6:30-8:45 at NorthWest Recreation Center.

Photo Credit Barbara Larson


WEST 2016 Artistic Expressions

April 28, 2016 Hands-on Night– Spinning with Locks

CricketThicket_tailspun7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Bring your spinning and weaving projects for our Hands-on-Night.  Also, if you would like to learn how to make a beautiful curly yarn, Jayne Black will be on hand to teach is the technique for making tailspun or lockspun yarn from wool locks. Bring your spinning wheel, wool locks and learn this very cool technique.  We will also have some wool locks and an extra wheel or two on hand.

The library will be open for book returns and check-out  or just for browsing our wonderful collection.

Picture credit: CricketThicket

April 14th, 2016 Program Night – Ambrocio Gutierrez, Oaxacan Rug Weaver

Artisans in the village of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico have been weaving rugs for literally centuries.  Our guild is very lucky to have as a member one of those weavers and we are very glad he is going to share his experiences with us for this program. Besides weaving, Ambrocio is also interested in the Zapotec language, which is his mother tongue.  It was this interest, which brought him to Austin, where he is a first year PhD student at the UT Department of Linguistics.

Ambrocio is from Teotitlán del Valle and learned to weave when he was 9-10 years old.  Weaving is the main economic activity in the community and most males, and nowadays females, start to learn at that age.  The loom used is a pedal loom, and the number of pairs of pedals depends on the width of the loom and size of rug one makes.  Young weavers usually start with small rugs about 23 by 15 inches.  As the weavers become older and gain experience, the size of the rug also increases. Ambrocio usually weaves rugs approximately 4 by 7 feet (amazing!).  When Ambrocio is weaving he enjoys combining colors and figures. Even though at times he has to adapt a pattern to a customer’s choice, he likes to create his own patterns or designs.

Our program nights run from 6:30-8:45 at NorthWest Recreation Center.


March 10th,  Program Night — Recycling sweaters

Pam_James_2 Way before it was cool, Pam began using sweaters for sourcing cotton, wool, chenille, metallic and all kinds of wonderful weaving yarns from her thrift store sweater finds.  She will teach us all the ends and outs of finding and upcycling sweaters to make awesome and affordable yarn for weaving.  

We meet at 6:30 for socializing.  The program portion of the meeting begins at 7:00 with member’s “show and tell”, WSSA announcements and then on to the Pam’s Recycled Sweater Yarn program.   We meet at NorthWest Rec Center.

Photo Credit: Pam James