Category Archives: Project Night

March 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Pricing
March 9, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Mickey Stam will be leading a discussion on how to price our wares for sale. If you are planning to sell your weaving, spinning or other items at WEST, this will be quite useful!

Hands on Night
March 23, 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.

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February Meetings 2017

Program Night —Tapestry Weaving
February 9, 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 basic techniques for this ancient form of pictorial textile creation. Join us to learn the basics and get started on your woven story!

Hands on Night
February 23, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

Our February workshop presenter, Joanne Hall, will be leading a session on band weaving. There are not enough sets to go around but if you are prepared to share, everyone can get a chance to try out this technique. 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.

Please also check out the busy workshop schedule for February, including a warping day. The Joanne Hall workshops are now full.

January 2017 Meetings

Program Night —Choosing & Using Fiber
January 12, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Join us in January for a mixed media presentation about the differences in fiber types and how and when you might want to use them in projects. Suitable for weavers, spinners, felters & more. Learn the differences in animal fiber, the properties and production techniques of plant fibers and some of the new fibers like tencel, soysilk and milk.

Hands on Night
January 26, 2017
7 – 9 PM

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

We continue our informal spin-in gatherings and the Weaving 101 group will be learning about project planning including reading weaving drafts, calculating yardage for projects and more. Please see information on the February Workshops page about the all-day Warping workshop for the Weaving 101 group (and any others who wish to attend) on February 4.

February Workshops

We’re happy to announce that we’re bringing Joanne Hall here to teach a round-robin workshop from February 24-26, 2017. We will weave six different weaves that can be small table runners and samples. These can be planned to be larger woven projects. This is a great opportunity to try out a range of weaves from blankets and rugs to lace.

Joanne will also come to our Hands-On Night before the workshop and show us how to weave bands on backstrap looms.

So February is shaping up to be a great month to learn things!

Registration for all three events is here

February 4 – Warp-A-Palooza warping workshop at Laura’s Library
February 23 – Bandweaving during Hands-On Night with Joanne Hall at Austin Recreation Center
February 24-26 – Six Weaves Workshop with Joanne Hall at the Big Medium Gallery

Warp-a-Palooza and the Bandweaving meeting are both free to WSSA members.

December Meeting — Holiday Shin-dig

retro-reindeer-imageLet’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. Bring a dish to share and a fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell

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

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 8, 2016
Begins at 7:00 pm

Remember there is no Hands-On Meeting in December due to the holidays.

Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful and happy New Year.

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.