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SHARE — Warp-a-palooza 2018

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

Location: Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road
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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

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.

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

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 Workshops

We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing Joanne Hall here to teach a round-robin workshop from February 24-26, 2017. We will weave six different weaves that can be small table runners and samples. These can be planned to be larger woven projects. This is a great opportunity to try out a range of weaves from blankets and rugs to lace.

Joanne will also come to our Hands-On Night before the workshop and show us how to weave bands on backstrap looms.

So February is shaping up to be a great month to learn things!

Registration for all three events is here

February 4 – Warp-A-Palooza warping workshop at Laura’s Library
February 23 – Bandweaving during Hands-On Night with Joanne Hall at Austin Recreation Center
February 24-26 – Six Weaves Workshop with Joanne Hall at the Big Medium Gallery

Warp-a-Palooza and the Bandweaving meeting are both free to WSSA members.

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.
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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.

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