Category Archives: Program Night

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.

August 2017 — No Meetings

WSSA is taking some time off for summer, we will not have Program or Hands-On meetings this month. We’ll return again in September. Thanks for another great guild year!

July Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
July 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Tapestry Weaving is a combination of weaving and storytelling. WSSA’s own Kissiah Carlson will teach us basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story! (This has been rescheduled from February, it is not a repeat.)

Hands-on Night
July 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Weaving 101 will take an in-depth look at color & weave, following up from our color session last year. This is all done on plain weave so weavers of all levels of experience can learn how color behaves when woven up. 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.

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.

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.

April 2017 Meetings

Program Night —African Textiles with Molly Martin
April 13, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Molly Martin will give an introduction to some of the traditional textiles from West Africa. There will be many examples of strip-woven textiles. Ghanaian Adinkra cloths, Malian mudcloth, Nigerian indigo-dyed pieces, Fon applique from Republic of Benin and more will be on tables to examine. We will focus on both technical and cultural background.

 

Hands on Night
April 27, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We will also have our usual informal spin-in and you can bring any other activity you may wish to work on. As always, the library will be open for reading the latest magazines or checking out books. Weaving 101 (introduction to Shaft Looms) will be continuing under the direction of Marie Carmel. If needed, we may also assist with preparations for WEST.