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November Meeting

Program Night — SAORI with Laura Poll of Weaving Arts Austin
November 10, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

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SAORI is a Japanese tradition that employs weaving as a form of meditation and creativity Founded by Misao Jo in 1968, SAORI uses free style weaving for self-exploration and expression. Laura will talk us through some of the traditions of SAORI as well as the philosophy and culture. SAORI is used around the world for therapy and as a useful skill for disabled people to earn a living through creativity.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7.

Hands-On Night — There is no hands-on meeting in November due to Thanksgiving.

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October Meetings — Felting & Color Theory

Program Night — Felting with Marie Spaulding of Living Felt
October 13, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland
Austin, TX 78731

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Marie Spaulding, proprietor of Austin’s dedicated felt supply store, Living Felt, will be talking to us about the mechanics of felting. Why do some fibers felt faster than others? How do you choose materials for your felting projects? Marie will address these items and more. Not interested in felting? Much of this information can also be used to plan spinning or weaving projects where you either want to full your end product or want to ensure that the project does not full. Join us to learn more about this fantastic art form and meet one of Austin’s top experts.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7. For October only, there will be small group demonstrations of how to set up and transport the newly refurbished Macomber loom.

Hands on Night — Color Theory/Color planning for a project
October 27, 2016
7 – 9 PM

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

As part of the Weaving 101 series we will be exploring basic color theory for weavers, including looking at how adjacent color can change the way your warp & weft changes, plus several hands-on opportunities to try out warp plans and samples of color interactions. Feel free to bring any potential project materials with you if you are seeking advice on planning the colorway of your next project. Although this is part of the Weaving 101 class the techniques apply to all fiber arts and can be adjusted in the class to suit your particular crafts.

As always there is room for the communal spin-in, access to the latest magazines and other library materials, and social time.

September Meetings and a New Study Group

DSC03908Program Night — Back to Guild Night
September  8, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm
Northwest Recreation Center

September marks the beginning of our guild year and a fresh slate for our learning together. Like a back to school event, we’ll take some time to go over some of the basics of WSSA plans and policies for the 2016-17 year, including a refresher on our website and social media, going over frequently asked questions, and a special presentation by Mickey Stam with photos from the 2016 Convergence and from fashion exhibits in New York. If you are a new member who has never yet attended a WSSA meeting or a long-time friend who may have fallen out of touch, this is a great opportunity to find out what you may have been missing and also get your questions answered. Bring friends who may be interested in joining so they can hear all about our exciting plans!

Hands on Night — bring a project to work on, or join the Weaving 101 study group
September 22, 2016
7 – 9 PM
Austin Recreation Center

This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.  The library is also available that night.

We’re starting something new on Hands-on nights, the Weaving 101 study group.  You can still bring your spinning or other projects, this will be alongside our normal Hands-on activities.  Our first meeting will be September 22nd and we’ll be mostly planning what we want to cover. Continue reading

Happy Summer! No Meetings in August

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We take a break in August and don’t meet. Check back with us in September when we resume. Our first meeting will be September 8th at the NW Recreation Center. Hope to see you there!

July 2016 Meetings

Program Meeting
July 14, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm
Northwest Recreation Center

collingwoodJoin us learning about one of the legends in the weaving world. We will watch the film: Peter Collingwood Weaver.  Peter Collingwood spent a lifetime involved in weaving and fiber experimentation.  He is one of the leading British artist weavers.  His works have hung in many museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe. Most of his books are considered to be definitive resources in the field of weaving, with topics ranging from sprang, tablet weaving and rug weaving.

 Picture source: VADS

Hands-on-Night
July 21, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Come join the gang! This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.

WSSA also has a wonderful library and it is open for business during the Hands-on-Night meeting.

June 2016 Meetings

vintage-picnic-snapshot-28Annual Summer Picnic
June 9, 2016
6:30 to 9:00 PM
See email for location

Yahoo! It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Our annual summer picnic is on June 9th from 6:30-9 pm.

Bring a dish and drink to share. We will provide plates, cups and utensils. Members will receive location information via email. In addition to our usual good eats, great show and tell, we will have our annual business meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.

Photo: WGSN Insider

spinning-wheel-art1Hands-on-Night
June 23rd, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Austin Recreation Center

Come join the gang! This is the night of the month where we come together to visit while working on our personal spinning, weaving and other fiber projects. Hands-on-Night is the perfect time to get help and advice from other members of the guild.

WSSA also has a wonderful library and it is open for business during the Hands-on-Night meeting.

Photo Credit: anythingwithastring

May 2016 Meetings — Boundweave

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Program Night
May 12, 2016
6:30-8:45
NorthWest Rec Center

Boundweave is a wonderfully versatile and fun way to weave. It’s weft faced and loom controlled, forming a thick, sturdy fabric that’s great for everything from rugs to bags. We’ll be looking at Bound Rosepath, Krokbragd and some 3 and 4 shaft variations.

We will continue the explorations during Hands-on Night  on May 26th and there will be a loom warped for bound Rosepath at WEST for you to weave on

Our program nights run from 6:30-8:45 at NorthWest Recreation Center.

Photo Credit Barbara Larson