Category Archives: Demonstrations

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.

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


Joe Farley Trip


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


11:00 am-1:00 pm

Washing a Wool Fleece

Sandy Curtis


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

Gallery Exhibit Opening: Texas Folklife Gallery

texasfolklife_weaversandspinners-croppedTexas weavers love our deep traditions in functional craft and art. Weaving is an art form that sprouted from the skills employed by those turning fiber into yarn, yarn into cloth, and cloth into useful, practical, necessary, and often time, lovely and expressive household and wearable items.

The Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, WSSA, will share the beauty and the process of weaving at the:

Texas Folklife Gallery
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
FREE and open to the public

Opening Night Party Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm)
Exhibit is Open Sunday October 16th – Friday December 16th.
Gallery Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.
Facebook Event Page (please share!)

The exhibit shows the works by guild members of the Spinners and Weavers Society of Austin.  Handwoven art pieces and garments, felted pieces and basket weaving woven from a wide variety of materials all with a Texas accent.

The exhibit opening on Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm) at the Texas Folklife Gallery will feature weaving and looming demonstrations, and a variety of pieces made by Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin members will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments and drinks will also be served.

Started in the 1970s, WSSA is a non-profit dedicated to promoting textile arts: weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, basketry & more. Members use traditional & new techniques to create wearable art, fine household items, & purely artistic expressions of thread, ribbon, wire, natural fibers, and other filaments.

Download Flyer

West Austin Studio Tour 2016, May 14,15 & 21, 22


We’re stop #3 on the West Austin Studio Tour, aka WEST, this year. Come check out our pop-up gallery and guild sale.

May 14,15 & 21, 22
11:00am – 6:00pm
2802 Benbrook Dr., Austin, TX  78757

WEST 2016 Tour Map

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

Rebekah Dykhuis handwoven pillows, felted items, and handspun yarn
Pam James,  Fringe Benefits handwoven wearables and art
Mary Macaulay, WoolyFiori Felted hats, flowers, vessels, wearables
Gail McGlamery Hand dyed wool, art batts, handspun yarn and handwoven shawls
Sidne Tiemann & Susan Bussard ceramics and handwoven wearables
Meg Wilson handwovens and wire jewelry
Linda Yeatts Moonbeam Weaving, handwoven wraps, scarves and other wearables

Members of the Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin

Weaving and Spinning supply garage sale!

Downloads of vendor applications, inventory forms and procedures will be  available HERE

Downloadable WEST 2016 flyer

March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo

IMG_7775March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Laura’s Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733

This year we will be doing things a little bit differently for our SHARE workshop.   We will have a guest teacher, Yohannah Klingensmith, giving a presentation and demonstration on loom warping.  She taught this same class at CHT and it was very successful. This will take place the first part of the day.  The second part of the day guild members will “SHARE” their weaving and spinning talents by demonstration and teaching.

Yohannah has been weaving since she was ten.  She works and teaches weaving at Homestead Fiber Arts, part of the Homestead Craft Village  which features award winning woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, leather work and quilting in addition to fiber crafts.

Yohannah’s workshop is an overview of warping a loom in the back to front Swedish method.  All the basic steps will be covered from measuring the warp to dressing the loom.  During the course of the class Yohannah will demo how this is done and will share her wisdom of warping and dressing a loom

In keeping with the original theme of the SHARE workshop, after the class guild members will demo weaving and spinning.

11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members

Both portions of the day are open to the public.
Please CLICK HERE to register for the workshop (no charge for the workshop, donations welcome).  We also need members to demo the day of the workshop.

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. 


West Austin Studio Tour 2015

West Austin Studio Tour is a ton of fun. We take over a member’s house and turn it into a pop-up gallery and working studio with demos and vendors.

Sign up to help HERE!

WEST tour  May 9-10 and May 16-17
Times:  11-6

Here is the description from the WEST website:
“WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their collections and supporting local artisans.”