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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.

October 2017 Meetings

Program Night — Selecting and Cleaning a Wool Fleece

October 12, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

This month we will talk about how to select and clean raw wool fleece.  We usually get there 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.

We are fortunate of have around nine sheep farms around us, giving us an opportunity to spin and felt local fiber.  But what breed is right for your intended purpose?  And how do you select a fleece that will be relatively easy to process with a minimum of wastage?

Thursday we will look at the various local breeds and explore the advantages and challenges of each. Charlene Steele from KidKat Ranch will join us to talk about her Leicester Longwool sheep and their wool.  Other breeders have sent us samples of their wool for us to examine, with some to take home.

Even if you are not a spinner or felter, you will gain a new appreciation of the magnificent qualities of wool and understand the commitment and passion of our local producers.

 

Hands-on Night
September 27, 2017
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 take a look at shadow weave, that magical, almost 3 dimensional but deceptively simple weave.

September 2017 Meetings

Program Night —What I did on my Fibervacation

September 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Our almost annual “What Did I Did On My Summer Vacation?” program on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm, but we get there at 6:30 to visit, look at what people have brought to share, etc.

This year we have four speakers, who traveled the world from Sweden to Guatemala this summer, some of going as far away as Houston, all sharing what they discovered in the world of fiber.

Cricket Rose – Basketry Joys
Inga Marie Carmel – Impractical Weaves
Meg Wilson – A Hodge-Podge of Interesting Things Learned Over the Summer
Ruth Taylor – Indigena Guatemalan Weavers

If there is time, Mickey Stam will talk about an exhibit at the CHT Conference and the new Textile Museum in DC.

Hands-on Night
September 28, 2017
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 take a closer look at Color-and-Weave effects — the wonderful way color and interlacement interact to make patterns in cloth. Much of it is done on plain weave and this program is suitable for weavers on any loom.

June 2017 Meetings and Annual Picnic!

June Program Night —Picnic Potluck
June 8, 2017
6:30-8:45 pm, Meg Wilson’s House, see newsletter for address

Please join us for a potluck picnic at Meg’s House (we will NOT be at the regular meeting venue, please note it in your calendars!). Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils.  In addition to our usual good eats and great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year. Join us for a relaxed and fun evening. All members are welcome!

June Hands-on Night
June 22, 2017
7-9 pm, Austin Recreation Center

Hands-on night is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along. Also if you’re new to spinning and weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual we’ll have an informal spin-in, the library will be open.

Please note that Weaving 101 is on hiatus until July.

WEST Austin Studio Tour Schedule of Activities 2017

Note: There will also be ongoing weaving and spinning demonstrations.

Friday, May 12, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm

Music

Joe Farley Trip

Patio

Saturday, May 13, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Osage Orange Dyeing

Becky Johnson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Cochineal Dyeing

Bethany Hebbard

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Reclaiming Yarn

Pam James

Garage

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Washing a Wool Fleece

Sandy Curtis

Patio

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Lichen

Mickey Stam

Garage Dye Kitchen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Pecan Shells

Melinda Estelle

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Onion Skins

Mary Macauley

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 21, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Frostweed

Eileen Thompson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Weaving Weft-Faced Inlay with Llama

Inga Marie Carmel

Center Room

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Crepe Myrtle

Sandy Curtis

Garage Dye Kitchen

4:00 pm

Final bid on silent auction.

 

Fibershed Exhibit

May 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Austin Fibershed/Local Materials Study Group
May 11, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

The local materials study group, led by Becky Johnson, will report on their discoveries over the past year about the benefits and opportunities in sourcing fiber and dye materials from our local region. This group has led to the creation of the Austin Fibershed group

Exploring our local options will be the theme of our WEST open studio, so it is a great time to learn about what Texas has to offer.

Hands-on Night
May 25, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Hands-on Night is a favorite time to bring your work-in-progress, learn a bit of a new skill, or join in on our continuing informal spin-in gatherings. Our library is always open so stop by and pick up some reading materials to keep yourself busy over the summer holidays or just check out a new skill that inspired you at WEST.

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.