Time for Lift-off! CHT conference June 24 – 28, 2015

CHTconferencePATCH_smallerWe’re delighted to be hosting the biennial Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference — Warp Speed Ahead!  And we’re almost there — we are on the launch pad!

Our keynote on Friday is going to be phenomenal — Joanna Berzowska will be speaking on “Weaving Textiles that Think: electronic textiles and biometric garments”. We still have tickets available,

We have some fun door prizes and the goodie bags are stuffed! Some wonderful raffle baskets are coming in. We are going to have several spectacular guild exhibits. The Members Exhibit is also coming together nicely.

Looms are being warped for the Public Weave-In on Saturday, we’re really looking forward this.. in the morning we will be introducing art teachers to our wonderful craft and the afternoon is dedicated to the public. If you have a small, portable project and want to participate, bring it!

The fashion show is going to be lovely and lively, with a special treat for you by WSSA, the host guild.

DoubleTree Hilton
@ 6505 IH 35 N
Austin, TX 78752

Because of the conference there will be no Hands-on Meeting in June.



June 11th is the Annual Spring Picnic!

Picnic1Our annual spring picnic will be hosted by one of our members on June 11th from 6:30-9 PM.

We will provide plates, cups and utensils. Bring a dish and drink to share. Members will receive an email invitation with address information.

We hope you’ll join us for our annual meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.  Also bring your show and tell!

Meetings in May, 2015

keep-calm-and-get-ready-for-chtMay 14th Program night
This month’s program night is devoted to helping with preparations for the CHT conference.  Boring? No!  We will have door prizes and snacks for all the participants – also, great chance to enjoy uninterrupted social time!  Please join us for this fun and productive evening.

May 28th Hands-on Project night  – No agenda, just getting together to spin, weave or work on any personal fiber project; great opportunity to peruse the library and share our skills.  Will feature a demo from an interesting spinning item available through our lending library.

West Austin Studio Tour 2015- May 9,10 and 16,17

5x7 WSSA WEST CARD FRONTPlease join us for our 3rd West Austin Studio Tour

Stop #2  2802 Benbrook, 78751
11-6 both weekends

  • weaving & spinning
  • hand-spun yarns & wearables
  • hand-dyed fibers
  • felted & knitted items
  • shop & learn

Featuring local artists
Mickey Stam
Aimee Kandl
Pam James
Mary Macaulay
Linda Yeattswest_logo_dates
Sidne Tiemann
Sarah Monger
and the members of WSSA

This is  a free family event: stop by to see weaving and spinning in progress and experience the wonders of indigo dyeing.

Thanks to Heather Wykrent for our beautiful flyer. 


Shawl Raffle

Raffle ShawlThis gorgeous shawl was hand spun and handwoven by the Llama Mamas during the Kid ‘n’ Ewe Sheep to Shawl contest last November.

We’re raffling it off as a benefit for WSSA’s storage space.   One of our biggest assets is our library, looms, spinning wheels and other equipment — and when it’s not checked out it needs to be somewhere. The storage unit we rent is by far our biggest expense.

Raffle tickets are available during Guild meetings or from members.

Please pick up a packet and sell 25 tickets to your friends ($1 ea or 6 for $5). The drawing will take place at WSSA’s June 11 picnic – you don’t have to be present to win! We’ve raised about $250 so far, but the shawl is worth more than that!



Programs in April 2015

Shepherdsrug_etsyApril 9 Program Night and April 23rd Hands-on Night

Did you know we have an amazing custom rug weaver and shop right here in Texas? Reinhard Schoffthaler rugs are made of natural fiber, raw wool or llama fleeces and are produced using early 20th Century carders, hand made looms and shuttles. Learn all about this shop and his techniques from Sharon Bramblett, who has been on multiple tours and even set up a website for his business.  The meeting is held at NorthWest Recreation Center, it starts at 6:30 with 30 minutes of social time, and we wrap it up by 8:45.

 As a follow up, at the April 23rd Hands on Project Night, we will learn the technique of braiding rugs from wool roving using the book The Shepherd’s Rug by Letty Klein and Ann Brown. Hands-on Nights are held at the Austin Recreation Center from 7-9 PM.

Maps to both locations can be found HERE.

Photo credit https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShepherdsRug