Category Archives: Program Night

January 2018 Meetings

Program Night — Three Perspectives on Color

January 11, 2018
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us this month for a three perspective approach to using what we know about color and applying it to our craft, be it spinning or weaving. Marie, Mickey and Aimee will each be presenting. We open the doors 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.

Bring your show and tell, we want to know what you did during the holidays!  And remember to bring your dues if you haven’t already paid for 2018.

Hands-on Night
January 25, 2018
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 focus on planning for the Share Workshop  January 27-28.  Bring your yarns and ideas we’ll help you develop a warping plan.

December 2017 Program Night – Holiday Potluck

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 14, 2016
Begins at 6:30 pm

Let’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. The 2nd Thursday in December (12/14) will be a potluck/white elephant gift exchange. Bring a dish to share and an inexpensive fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell.

How it works:
1. Bring a potluck dish.
2. Don’t bring serving utensils.
3. Be aware of the Trail of Lights. Best to get to Meg’s place from Lamar, turning on Hether.
4. We will have plates and cups and utensils.
5. Bring a fibery gift for our gift exchange. Bring your dues!

Please note this is not held at our usual location, check your newsletter or the Google-group for address.

This is great time to renew your dues, if you haven’t already.

We don’t get together for Hands-on Night on December 26th, enjoy your holidays!
Here’s wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year!

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.