Category Archives: Program Night

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

 

April 14th, 2016 Program Night – Ambrocio Gutierrez, Oaxacan Rug Weaver

Artisans in the village of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico have been weaving rugs for literally centuries.  Our guild is very lucky to have as a member one of those weavers and we are very glad he is going to share his experiences with us for this program. Besides weaving, Ambrocio is also interested in the Zapotec language, which is his mother tongue.  It was this interest, which brought him to Austin, where he is a first year PhD student at the UT Department of Linguistics.

Ambrocio is from Teotitlán del Valle and learned to weave when he was 9-10 years old.  Weaving is the main economic activity in the community and most males, and nowadays females, start to learn at that age.  The loom used is a pedal loom, and the number of pairs of pedals depends on the width of the loom and size of rug one makes.  Young weavers usually start with small rugs about 23 by 15 inches.  As the weavers become older and gain experience, the size of the rug also increases. Ambrocio usually weaves rugs approximately 4 by 7 feet (amazing!).  When Ambrocio is weaving he enjoys combining colors and figures. Even though at times he has to adapt a pattern to a customer’s choice, he likes to create his own patterns or designs.

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

Abrocio

March 10th,  Program Night — Recycling sweaters

Pam_James_2 Way before it was cool, Pam began using sweaters for sourcing cotton, wool, chenille, metallic and all kinds of wonderful weaving yarns from her thrift store sweater finds.  She will teach us all the ends and outs of finding and upcycling sweaters to make awesome and affordable yarn for weaving.  

We meet at 6:30 for socializing.  The program portion of the meeting begins at 7:00 with member’s “show and tell”, WSSA announcements and then on to the Pam’s Recycled Sweater Yarn program.   We meet at NorthWest Rec Center.

Photo Credit: Pam James