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February 2018 Meetings

Program Night —An Exaltation of Blocks

February 8, 2018
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Understanding how blocks work in weaving unlocks a whole universe of design possibilities.  This month’s program night will take a closer look at block design and also a new book in the WSSA library  An Exaltation of Blocks.  It’s a two-volume set of books by Rosalie Neilson on symmetric block design. Volume One describes how motifs were developed to provide the interactive Toolkit of 72 printed Design Pages and 49 Transparent Overlays. It includes chapters on how to convert 6-block patterns into three different weave structures: Summer and Winter, Huck Lace, and Warp-faced Rep. It also includes a chapter suggesting ways to change symmetric motifs into asymmetric patterns. Volume Two contains the Toolkit of twelve envelopes where the Pages and Overlays are stored. The Design Pages illustrate the 1,024 4-block motifs which are also compatible with 8-shaft looms.

Melinda, Meg and Marie will each be presenting. We open the doors at 6:30 pm for visiting and checking out what people have brought to share.  Short business meeting and program start at 7:00 pm.

Bring your show and tell,  as well as anything you’ve woven that uses blocks. And remember to bring your dues if you haven’t already paid for 2018.

Hands-on Night
February 23, 2018
7 – 9 PM

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

The spinning circle will be active as usual and the library will be open for reading or checking out of materials. If you have any other projects you’d like to work on, feel free to bring them instead, the more the merrier.

Weaving 101 is on hiatus until March.

Master Weavers Study Group

Presentations from the study group are HERE

Schedule
Most meetings are held third Thursday of each month at Old Quarry Library, 1:00-2:30 pm.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 MEETING: At Mickey’s, 2802 Benbrook Dr.

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January 2018 Meetings

Program Night — Three Perspectives on Color

January 11, 2018
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us this month for a three perspective approach to using what we know about color and applying it to our craft, be it spinning or weaving. Marie, Mickey and Aimee will each be presenting. We open the doors at 6:30 pm for visiting and checking out what people have brought to share.  Short business meeting and program start at 7:00 pm.

Bring your show and tell, we want to know what you did during the holidays!  And remember to bring your dues if you haven’t already paid for 2018.

Hands-on Night
January 25, 2018
7 – 9 PM

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

The spinning circle will be active as usual and the library will be open for reading or checking out of materials. If you have any other projects you’d like to work on, feel free to bring them instead, the more the merrier.

Weaving 101 will focus on planning for the Share Workshop  January 27-28.  Bring your yarns and ideas we’ll help you develop a warping plan.

SHARE — Warp-a-palooza 2018

Saturday January 27 11-5
Sunday January 28 1-5

Location: Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road
Google maps link

This event is free, but please RSVP HERE so we know how many are coming.

SHARE is a completely in-guild event, free to members and taught by members. We  will focus on warping and other things beginners might need to know to get over those first few humps.

Bring your portable looms — e.g.  Baby Wolf,  Wolf Pup, Baby Mac, table looms or rigid heddle looms.  We’ll try to have a guild loom or three, and will walk you though the steps to warp your loom.  Project to be determined, something narrow with not to many ends so we can get through it all quickly.  If you bring a rigid heddle loom we can show you how to put on a warp using the same technique used on a shaft loom, which is useful for longer warps and sometimes when there are a lot of color changes.  We will probably not be going over direct warping of rigid heddle looms.

Time to renew for 2018!

RenewIt’s time for WSSA membership renewals. Our memberships run January to December.   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.

As a reminder here is our current dues structure:

Regular dues $36
Out of town, Senior/ Fixed/ Low income or Student $20
Family membership $50
Sustainer member $50

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December 2017 Program Night – Holiday Potluck

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 14, 2016
Begins at 6:30 pm

Let’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. The 2nd Thursday in December (12/14) will be a potluck/white elephant gift exchange. Bring a dish to share and an inexpensive fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell.

How it works:
1. Bring a potluck dish.
2. Don’t bring serving utensils.
3. Be aware of the Trail of Lights. Best to get to Meg’s place from Lamar, turning on Hether.
4. We will have plates and cups and utensils.
5. Bring a fibery gift for our gift exchange. Bring your dues!

Please note this is not held at our usual location, check your newsletter or the Google-group for address.

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

We don’t get together for Hands-on Night on December 26th, enjoy your holidays!
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year!

November 2017 Meeting

Program Night —Yarn Dolls from Thrums

November 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

The holidays are drawing near and I happened to spy a creation similar to the one pictured below on Marie’s loom after a board meeting one afternoon. I wanted nothing more than to have one of my own. It is a traditional Swedish holiday decoration called garntomte. It is the perfect way to use up those leftover bits you don’t have a use for, but can’t bear to part with.

So save your loom waste, thrums and leftover yarn for a fun activity during our program night on November 9th!!!  For those of you who don’t celebrate any particular holiday feel free to bring whatever colors you like and create your own interpretation of this traditional doll.

Meeting Reminders
No Hands-on meeting in November and December due to the holidays
December 14th’s Program Night  meeting will be a potluck/white elephant gift exchange. This meeting is not held at our usual location!!! Watch your newsletter.