WSSA welcomes all fiber enthusiasts, be they weavers, spinners, felters, dyers, or basketmakers.
We meet the second and fourth Thursday each month.
The second Thursday is our Program meeting and takes place at the Northwest Recreation Center 2913 Northland Drive in Austin. We start at 6:30 PM with social time and show and tell, followed at 7 with a short business meeting and a program. Our program usually has a speaker, but sometimes it is a hands-on program, and is about a hour long.
The fourth Thursday is a Project meeting and takes place at the Austin Recreation Center 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd. Members gather starting at 7 PM to weave, spin, knit, or work on other fiber-related projects. It is a perfect venue for beginners to gather tips and techniques
There are no meetings in August, and no Project Nights in November and December.
Our annual potluck holiday party is coming up, here are the details:
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Meg ‘s house, see newsletter and yahoo group for address
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Bring a dish to share -
(We’re not doing the the alphabet system we have used in the past)
Also if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a modest handmade or inexpensive ($10-20) fiber-related gift (fibers, weaving, yarns, instruction books, etc). Rules this year will be that the item can be ‘stolen’ or traded twice.
Don’t forget your show and tell!
Please note: There are no Thursday night Project Nights in November or December, our regular schedule resumes in January with a full plate — Tips and Tricks on January 9th, and on the 23rd join us for a talk on sett with Jette Vandermeiden, followed by workshops over the weekend. It promises to be a great month!
(image from http://www.recapturedcharm.com/2010/11/holiday-yarn-wreath.html)
We have our programs set for 2014, and they look something like this, as always check the 2013-2014 Programs and Workshops page to be sure something hasn’t changed.:
January: We welcome Jette Vandermeiden as she presents a talk on sett at our 4th Thursday Project Night on the 23rd. as well as 2 (count ‘em) workshops: a one day on sett and a two day on Crackle the following weekend the 24-26th. Our Program Night in January on the 9th will be Tips and Tricks. Registration for the workshops is here.
February: We are again switching Project Night and Program Night to have Susan Fricke from Yarnorama come and do a presentation on spinning. She is a very versatile spinner and fiber artist and will inspire us with her experiences as a spinner. This will take place on the 27th at the rec. center on Shoal Creek. Then, as we move backwards on the calendar, we will have a fun project night on the 13th at the rec. center on 2222 making woven and felted valentines. The locations and dates are the same as every other meeting. Continue reading
An Overview of Scandinavian Textiles
Rosengång! Munkabälte! Opphämta! Daldräll! Rya!
Inga Marie Carmel will present an overview of textiles from Sweden, Norway and Denmark– both old and new– including pictures from the exhibit in 2012 at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies.
Workshops are a great way to learn, and lots of fun. We’re fortunate to have some great ones coming up this Guild year. You can find details and registration for them all HERE.
Here is what we have so far for 2013-2014:
Wednesdays, November 6 and 13 Evening Workshop “Market Basket Workshop”, MaryLou Harkins
Thursday, January 23 Special Project Night “Get Sett!”, Jette Vandermeiden
Friday, January 24 1 Day Workshop “Get Sett!”, Jette Vandermeiden
Weekend, January 25-26 2 Day Workshop “Confessions of a Crackle Addict”, Jette Vandermeiden
Weekend May 17- 18 2 Day Workshop “Complementary Warp Pick-up”, Laverne Waddington
We have scholarships available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
October’s meeting will be all hands on as we examine everyone’s tools for weaving, spinning and whatever other handwork you do. Have you collected some interesting pieces, or maybe inherited tools that work as well now as they did generations ago. I have hard time resisting my urge to buy old tools. I am sure everyone will have something to contribute to “tool time”. Old books on our craft are welcome too, along with sharing those precious memories.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite tools with a story. These might be unusual, or antique, handmade, or repurposed.
Thursday, October 24 Project Night, Simple woodworking to create tools for weaving and spinning inspired by “Tool Time”, for example, making a rigid heddle for band weaving or stick shuttles.
WSSA will be bringing spinning wheels and looms to the lunchtime crowd in downtown Austin from 11-2 on October 7th during Spinning and Weaving week.