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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.


Time to renew for 2017!

RenewIt’s 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.  It’s one less thing to think about and you can cancel this feature at any time.

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January 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Choosing & Using Fiber
January 12, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us in January for a mixed media presentation about the differences in fiber types and how and when you might want to use them in projects. Suitable for weavers, spinners, felters & more. Learn the differences in animal fiber, the properties and production techniques of plant fibers and some of the new fibers like tencel, soysilk and milk.

Hands on Night
January 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We continue our informal spin-in gatherings and the Weaving 101 group will be learning about project planning including reading weaving drafts, calculating yardage for projects and more. Please see information on the February Workshops page about the all-day Warping workshop for the Weaving 101 group (and any others who wish to attend) on February 4.


February Workshops

We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing Joanne Hall here to teach a round-robin workshop from February 24-26, 2017. We will weave six different weaves that can be small table runners and samples. These can be planned to be larger woven projects. This is a great opportunity to try out a range of weaves from blankets and rugs to lace.

Joanne will also come to our Hands-On Night before the workshop and show us how to weave bands on backstrap looms.

So February is shaping up to be a great month to learn things!

Registration for all three events is here

February 4 – Warp-A-Palooza warping workshop at Laura’s Library
February 23 – Bandweaving during Hands-On Night with Joanne Hall at Austin Recreation Center
February 24-26 – Six Weaves Workshop with Joanne Hall at the Big Medium Gallery

Warp-a-Palooza and the Bandweaving meeting are both free to WSSA members.

It’s Renewal Time!

RenewIt’s the time again!  If you’d like to renew your membership, please pay your dues before the end of January 2017.  You have several options, one of which is to sign up for auto-billing / recurring payments, and the other is to pay a one-time payment via Paypal or check, more deatails  HERE

December Meeting — Holiday Shin-dig

retro-reindeer-imageLet’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. Bring a dish to share and a fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell

This is great time to renew your dues, if you haven’t already.

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 8, 2016
Begins at 7:00 pm

Remember there is no Hands-On Meeting in December due to the holidays.

Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful and happy New Year.

November Meeting

Program Night — SAORI with Laura Poll of Weaving Arts Austin
November 10, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731


SAORI is a Japanese tradition that employs weaving as a form of meditation and creativity Founded by Misao Jo in 1968, SAORI uses free style weaving for self-exploration and expression. Laura will talk us through some of the traditions of SAORI as well as the philosophy and culture. SAORI is used around the world for therapy and as a useful skill for disabled people to earn a living through creativity.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7.

Hands-On Night — There is no hands-on meeting in November due to Thanksgiving.


October Meetings — Felting & Color Theory

Program Night — Felting with Marie Spaulding of Living Felt
October 13, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland
Austin, TX 78731


Marie Spaulding, proprietor of Austin’s dedicated felt supply store, Living Felt, will be talking to us about the mechanics of felting. Why do some fibers felt faster than others? How do you choose materials for your felting projects? Marie will address these items and more. Not interested in felting? Much of this information can also be used to plan spinning or weaving projects where you either want to full your end product or want to ensure that the project does not full. Join us to learn more about this fantastic art form and meet one of Austin’s top experts.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7. For October only, there will be small group demonstrations of how to set up and transport the newly refurbished Macomber loom.

Hands on Night — Color Theory/Color planning for a project
October 27, 2016
7 – 9 PM

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

As part of the Weaving 101 series we will be exploring basic color theory for weavers, including looking at how adjacent color can change the way your warp & weft changes, plus several hands-on opportunities to try out warp plans and samples of color interactions. Feel free to bring any potential project materials with you if you are seeking advice on planning the colorway of your next project. Although this is part of the Weaving 101 class the techniques apply to all fiber arts and can be adjusted in the class to suit your particular crafts.

As always there is room for the communal spin-in, access to the latest magazines and other library materials, and social time.