Category Archives: Study Groups

Master Weavers Study Group

Presentations from the study group are HERE

Most meetings are held third Thursday of each month at Old Quarry Library, 1:00-2:30 pm.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018 MEETING: At Mickey’s, 2802 Benbrook Dr.

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WEST Austin Studio Tour Schedule of Activities 2017

Note: There will also be ongoing weaving and spinning demonstrations.

Friday, May 12, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm


Joe Farley Trip


Saturday, May 13, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Osage Orange Dyeing

Becky Johnson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Cochineal Dyeing

Bethany Hebbard

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Reclaiming Yarn

Pam James


11:00 am-1:00 pm

Washing a Wool Fleece

Sandy Curtis


2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Lichen

Mickey Stam

Garage Dye Kitchen

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Pecan Shells

Melinda Estelle

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Onion Skins

Mary Macauley

Garage Dye Kitchen

Sunday, May 21, 2017

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Dyeing with Frostweed

Eileen Thompson

Garage Dye Kitchen

2:00-4:00 pm

Weaving Weft-Faced Inlay with Llama

Inga Marie Carmel

Center Room

2:00-4:00 pm

Dyeing with Crepe Myrtle

Sandy Curtis

Garage Dye Kitchen

4:00 pm

Final bid on silent auction.


Fibershed Exhibit

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.

Innovative Weaving – Exploring Creativity

book-coverThe WSSA Creativity Study Group book is now on Amazon!

For most of the 2015-2016 Guild year a WSSA study group met at Mickey Stam’s house once a month. During each gathering, we looked at a different non-fiber art form and explored ways to draw inspiration from it. We had tons of fun learning about everything from film to fashion to installation art, but also brainstormed and shared a lot of wonderful ideas.

The study guide developed from the study group, Innovative Weaving, is now available on This guide provides inspirations for your weaving and other fiber arts, as well as numerous photos of the beautiful work accomplished by  guild members.

Chock full of  inspiration you need for your next project and beyond.  This book explores ten different art forms for inspiration including painting, architecture, sculpture, music, and performance art.  It includes brainstorming exercises to generate innovative ideas for your weaving and practical advice to help you embrace risk, add artistic concepts, work in a series, and write your artist statement. Each chapter provides material for a twelve-month course of study.

The first chapter suggests methods for organizing a study group that is able to produce the greatest number of innovative ideas. On the other hand, the book is just as helpful for any weaver or other fiber artist working independently.

More info on the Innovative Weaving website. All royalties go to WSSA’s space fund to help us eventually get our own guild space.  $24.75 and  available at Amazon.


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

Local Materials Study Group Forming

We will be researching the impact and viability of creating handmade wardrobes and household items from locally sourced fibers, dye, plants and labor.  As part of the journey we will create a wardrobe and a selection of home fashions from the locally sourced materials. To reach our goal we will need weavers, spinners, felters and dyers! 

WSSA study groups usually last about 12 months.  Our regular meetings will be on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 1:30-3:30. 

February 11, 2016 Program Night — Creativity Study Group

The Creativity Study Group has finished their twelve months of learning how many different art forms, such as painting, architecture, and music, can feed into weaving and other fiber arts design.  Come join them at the Thursday, February 11 Program Meeting as they share their work and their new-found inspirations.

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