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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 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.
http://texasfolklife.org/event/gallery-exhibit-opening
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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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West Austin Studio Tour 2016, May 14,15 & 21, 22

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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.

Schedule:
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.

Three-day workshop — All Tied Up! — with Jette Vandermeiden

Twill variationsWe’re happy to announce that  Jette Vandermeiden will be coming to Austin to teach a three day workshop — All Tied Up!

January 15-17, 2016
NorthWest Rec Center, Austin
Registration Link

The tie-up is your best friend!  Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

Registration is online HERE.

About the Instructor:
Jette Vandermeiden has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and is a regular columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at the Ontario Science Center, working on the Jacquard loom. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

CHT Conference Highlights Video

Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Biennial Conference
Austin, TX – June 24-28, 2015
‘Warp Speed Ahead!’
The production and use of textiles is changing dramatically in the 21st century.  Google and other corporations and industries are hiring weavers to explore new concepts in fiber incorporating and embedding technology.  It is a very exciting time to be involved in the future of fibers, fabric and textiles. Continue reading