Category Archives: Outreach

Warp Speed Ahead!

CHT conferenceWSSA is proud to host the biennial Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference

June 24 – 28, 2015

DoubleTree Hilton
@ 6505 IH 35 N
Austin, TX   78752

This regional weaving and fiber event will feature a vendor area, exhibits, demonstrations and weave-in that are free and open to the public.

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It’s National Spinning & Weaving Week!

SWWEEKCelebrate National Spinning and Weaving Week, here are a few local events:

WSSA Program Night: Spin to Weave and a recap of this Summers Complex Weavers Seminars. We will meet  NW Recreation Center at 6:30.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl  with 13 local shops participating.

Spinzilla a global event with teams around the world competing to see who can spin the most yarn.


WEST Austin Studio Tour

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Saturdays and Sundays • May 10-11 and 17-18, 2014 • 11am – 6pm
2802 Benbrook Drive • Austin • Texas • 78757

First stop on the tour!
Weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting demonstrations.

Exhibit of works by guildmembers including:

Patricia Day Woven Designs –
Handwoven wearables

Sidne Tiemann –
Ceramics, woven rugs and wall hangings

Meg Wilson, Nunoweavings –
Felted scarves and woven towels

Colleen Launer Yarbrough, Heartwoven Designs –
Woven wearable art, nuno felted art

Mary Macaulay, Woolyfiori –
Felted hats, accessories, scarves, flowers and art objects

Members of the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin

Full tour info, maps and more on  Big Medium’s  website


Come meet us at the Faire!



The Austin Maker Faire will be returning this year to the Travis County Expo Center.  This will be our 5th Maker Faire, and our second big event of the year– and it  promises to be an exciting one.   Weaving will be demonstrated on a floor loom as well as a Cricket with both handspun warp and weft.  The Ashford Traditional wheel will once again be on hand for spinning demonstrations.

MakerFaire is vibrant and diverse, with wide appeal to all ages and interests.  Exhibits range from pottery to aerial dance, robots, screen printing, dyeing with beets, a tour of the solar system in a Planetarium… the list goes on!

Renegade, Maker Faire, WEST, Oh my!

RenegadeWe’re delighted to be invited to participate in Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition. We will be demoing and you can sign up to weave on our black rock ‘n’ roll warp!

Thurs. – Sat, March 13 – 15
Palmer Events Center


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Maker Faire is always a good time and a celebration of the DIY spirit.  This will be our 5th, come by and learn to weave or spin.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm
The Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane, Austin, TX 78724.

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Our pop-up gallery is back as part of the 3rd West Austin Studio Tour!  WEST is a free, self-guided tour.  We will have vendors and demos. Stay tuned for more details and a list of vendors.

www.share January 24-26, 2014

Lemons into Lemonade

Warping Clinic
Friday, Jan. 24th, from 10 – 4

Round Robin weaving workshop
Sat., Jan. 25th, from 10 – 4
Sunday Jan. 26th from 1 – 5

Laura’s Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX 78733

We are asking for a suggested donation of $20 cash for the use of the Laura’s Library space, which is a beautiful setting for us to weave and share in.

This is one for the making lemons into lemonade category. Our workshop leader for Jan 23-26 has had to cancel so we are taking matters into own hands.

We bring you Weaving Winter Workshop. Share.. or www.share for short.  This will be a a round robin workshop.  Pick a weave pattern, structure, or fiber  that you want to share with everyone and warp your loom  8-10 inches  wide  and about 3  yards long (depending of course on what works with your pattern, fiber, etc.) of whatever warp you choose.   You will take home  about 4-6 samples that you have woven.  That amounts to an hour to a  couple of hours of weaving on each loom, although if we have a lot of people you will probably not weave on EVERY loom.  It will be an outstanding opportunity to learn about different weave structures, and to weave on many different looms.

If you are planning to come we would like to know what pattern you are planning to dress your loom with. Some suggestions are: Crackle (!), Summer and Winter, Overshot, various Lace weaves, M’s & O’s, Rep weave, Monk’s Belt, Rosepath and Color and Weave effects.  You can find an online sign up sheet HERE.  Please email us at if you want help deciding what to do or if you have any questions.


Spinning and Weaving Week at City Hall Plaza

WSSA will be bringing spinning wheels and looms to the lunchtime crowd  in downtown Austin from 11-2 on October 7th during Spinning and Weaving week.  SWWEEK