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WSSA Silent Auction At WEST Studio Tour

Local fiber and dyestuffs is the theme of an exhibit at this year’s Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin stop on the WEST Studio Tour the weekends of May 13-14 and 20-21, 2017.  Included will be a silent auction for a large shawl spun and woven at the Kid ‘N Ewe fiber-to-shawl demo last November. Six members of the guild (Eileen Thompson, Sharon Bramblett, Annabell Duncan, Penny Skelley, Sandy Curtis, and Bethany Hebbard) spun the fiber from Sharon’s llama for the weft, while Mickey Stam wove the shawl.

The loom had been warped in advance mostly with yarn spun by Sharon from one of her llamas, while the purple stripes were spun by Mickey from Old Oaks Ranch alpaca. The purple is from lichen she gathered in West Virginia.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the WSSA scholarship fund.  You have an opportunity to bid on the shawl and other items during the Friday Opening and through the two weekends.  The winning bids will be chosen at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2017.

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WEST Austin Studio Tour 2017

Saturdays and Sundays
May 13, 14 & 20,21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

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

Mary Macaulay – felted jewelry, hats, slippers, flowers, scarves.  Some hangings too
Aimee Kandl –  hand-dyed yarns inspired from natural and manmade landscapes
Meg Wilson – Wire woven bracelets, nunofelted scarves, handwoven towels.
Sarah Monger -Hand made blending boards and pottery yarn bowls and mugs.
Gail McGlamery – Hand-dyed rovings, hand-blended rolags, hand-spun art yarns, scarves
Linda Yeatts –  Hand-woven clothing & wraps, hand-knitted accessories, custom-dyed yarns made into sculptured art.

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin
Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

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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.

 

April 2017 Meetings

Program Night —African Textiles with Molly Martin
April 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Molly Martin will give an introduction to some of the traditional textiles from West Africa. There will be many examples of strip-woven textiles. Ghanaian Adinkra cloths, Malian mudcloth, Nigerian indigo-dyed pieces, Fon applique from Republic of Benin and more will be on tables to examine. We will focus on both technical and cultural background.

 

Hands on Night
April 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel. If needed, we may also assist with preparations for WEST.

March 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Pricing
March 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Mickey Stam will be leading a discussion on how to price our wares for sale. If you are planning to sell your weaving, spinning or other items at WEST, this will be quite useful!

Hands on Night
March 23, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel.

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March 5, 2017, Stephen Yafa Talk – Cotton, A Revolutionary Fiber

Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:30 PM
Congregation Beth Israel Auditorium
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756
Free!

Come hear author Stephen Yafa talk on one of our favorite fibers., one that has “created fortunes, wrecked civilizations, and put America on the map!”

In “BIG COTTON: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber” author Stephen Yafa explores the extraordinary range of imagination and ingenuity required to convert a fluffy mass of fiber into a substance of unbelievable versatility. He traces cotton’s journey from its first domestication about 5,500 years ago in Asia, Africa, and South America, through the conflicts that led to the American Civil War, and finally examines its role nano-technology and bio-engineering-hot button topics in today’s global economy. Yafa reveals to us how cotton has dictated the economy, carved the environmental state, and been a key player in international relations for thousands of years. Continue reading

February Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
February 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Tapestry Weaving is a combination of weaving and storytelling. WSSA’s own Kissiah Carlson will teach basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story!

Hands on Night
February 23, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Our February workshop presenter, Joanne Hall, will be leading a session on band weaving. There are not enough sets to go around but if you are prepared to share, everyone can get a chance to try out this technique. We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books.

Please also check out the busy workshop schedule for February, including a warping day. The Joanne Hall workshops are now full.

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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