November 12, 2015 Program Night — Making Holiday Cards

Card_wovenJoin us in making one of a kind holiday cards!  We will supply the cards, glue, etc.  Please bring your creativity and hand woven scraps, handspun and other fun fibers.

We meet at 6:30 for socializing, meeting time is 7-8:45 at NorthWest Rec Center.

Picture Credit : Salt Spring Weaving

Time to Renew for 2016!

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 on January 1st!  It’s one less thing to think about and you can cancel this feature at any time.

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October 2015 Program and Hands-on Nights

Program Night
October 8, 2015
6:30 pm to 8:45
NorthWest Recreation Center

A Weaverly Path video about about tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden. This visually stunning portrait of the Swiss-born tapestry weaver captures the inner dialogue and meditations of an extraordinary artist in the moments of creation. The film follows Heyden during a year of weaving and reflection. Heyden creates works inspired by the Eno River in Durham, North Carolina and shares how nature, music, her Bauhaus influences, and her life experiences anchor and inform her weaving. Heyden is a 20th century modernist whose body of work redefines the art of modern tapestry. (from the website)

Meg Wilson will also share about her trip to Scotland

October 22, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00
Austin Recreation Center

It’s a spinning and weaving bee!  Bring your wheels and looms (or any project) and we will make beautiful fiber together.   Also, on hand will be supplies and instruction for those who would like to learn how to make a recycled drop spindle.  Great chance to get a start in spinning yarn.

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Three-day workshop — All Tied Up! — with Jette Vandermeiden

Twill variationsWe’re happy to announce that  Jette Vandermeiden will be coming to Austin to teach a three day workshop — All Tied Up!

January 15-17, 2016
NorthWest Rec Center, Austin
Registration Link

The tie-up is your best friend!  Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

Registration is online HERE.

About the Instructor:
Jette Vandermeiden has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and is a regular columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at the Ontario Science Center, working on the Jacquard loom. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

September 10, 2015 Program Night “What I did on my Summer Vacation”

DSC06564Our September program meeting gives us a chance to come together after the summer break to reconnect and share what we did this summer from special workshops attended to new fiber collected on holiday travels.  CHT was such a big part of our guild this summer and individual recaps of sessions, either taken our taught, will be a focus of our meeting.  As usual we gather at 6:30 for socializing, with the meeting from 7-8:45 at  NW Rec Center.

September 24th Hands on Project night – The second meeting of the month is our time to spin and weave together (folks have even been know to . . . gasp . . . knit!).  Great time to get help with your spinning and other fiber tips.  The library is always open during the Hands on Project night and is also a good time to exchange guild equipment.  This meeting is from 7-9 at the Austin Rec Center.

AVL loom, Technical Dobby for Sale

A former member has generously donated this loom for sale as a fundraiser for the Guild:

60 inch weaving width
1993 model
1997 air assist added