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September 2017 Meetings

Program Night —What I did on my Fibervacation

September 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

Our almost annual “What Did I Did On My Summer Vacation?” program on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm, but we get there at 6:30 to visit, look at what people have brought to share, etc.

This year we have four speakers, who traveled the world from Sweden to Guatemala this summer, some of going as far away as Houston, all sharing what they discovered in the world of fiber.

Cricket Rose – Basketry Joys
Inga Marie Carmel – Impractical Weaves
Meg Wilson – A Hodge-Podge of Interesting Things Learned Over the Summer
Ruth Taylor – Indigena Guatemalan Weavers

If there is time, Mickey Stam will talk about an exhibit at the CHT Conference and the new Textile Museum in DC.

Hands-on Night
September 28, 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 closer look at Color-and-Weave effects — the wonderful way color and interlacement interact to make patterns in cloth. Much of it is done on plain weave and this program is suitable for weavers on any loom.

Time to renew for 2017!

RenewIt’s time for WSSA membership renewals. Our memberships run January to December.  Dues remains the same as last year, and you can renew online with one of these handy buttons, please consider setting up a recurrent dues payment in PayPal– that way your dues will be paid automagically every year.  It’s one less thing to think about and you can cancel this feature at any time.

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It’s Renewal Time!

RenewIt’s the time again!  If you’d like to renew your membership, please pay your dues before the end of January 2017.  You have several options, one of which is to sign up for auto-billing / recurring payments, and the other is to pay a one-time payment via Paypal or check, more deatails  HERE

Carol Wyche 1945-2016

Carol Wyche was a long term WSSA member, she passed away on January 21st. Eileen Thompson wrote this remembrance of her. Sharon Bramblett provided the pictures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarol was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she attended Rice University.    Her family was of German origin and as a little girl she was taught to crochet by her grandmother.    In college she learned to knit from her roommate’s mother and began a lifetime’s interest in the fiber arts.

I met her for the first time in 1983 when the Texas Knitters & Crochet Guild was formed (later to be become the Austin Knitters & Crochet Guild).    She was an enthusiastic demonstrator of  knitting for the guild at Winedale,  in Dallas at the Texas Irish Festival where she knit Celtic hose and at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.   She loved to design knitting patterns for tams some of which can still be found on her web site under Firewheel Designs at   Later in the 80’s she took a spinning lesson from Carol Rhoades and soon became equally proficient at spinning.   A teacher by profession, she delighted in teaching knitting and spinning and was known as a particularly talented and patient teacher.  When the Wildflower Fiber retreat began about 1989 it was one of the few places for knitters, spinners and weavers to gather – and Carol, Suzanne Correira of Fireant Ranch and I would make the long trek out to Tyler together to attend.    In its later years she was their regular new spinners helper.    She was also a member of the Llama Mamas spinning team demonstrating a Fiber to Fashion  (or Sheep to Shawl) at the Kidn’Ewe Fiber Festival many times.

CW 2008 L shawlOver the years she held various jobs – demonstrating spinning and weaving at Pioneer Farm  and the French Legation and teaching knitting and spinning in her home.   When Old Oaks Ranch opened in Wimberly she became their spinning teacher and again became known for her ability to teach even those who were “all thumbs” to spin.

Carol was a WSSA member for many years.    She bought a loom at one time and gave weaving a try, but decided it was not for her, preferring instead to concentrate on designing intricate and unusual patterns for her beautiful handspun yarns.   She was the Registrar for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference when it was hosted by WSSA in 2005 putting in many long hours of volunteer work.  She was always extremely generous in sharing her knowledge and skills and happy to help anyone wanting to learn knitting or spinning.

Typically, in her final days she insisted on teaching her caregiver to knit and continued knitting herself, finishing a poncho she had designed a few days before her death from inflammatory breast cancer. She will be greatly missed.

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AVL loom, Technical Dobby for Sale

A former member has generously donated this loom for sale as a fundraiser for the Guild:

60 inch weaving width
1993 model
1997 air assist added



Time for Lift-off! CHT conference June 24 – 28, 2015

CHTconferencePATCH_smallerWe’re delighted to be hosting the biennial Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference — Warp Speed Ahead!  And we’re almost there — we are on the launch pad!

Our keynote on Friday is going to be phenomenal — Joanna Berzowska will be speaking on “Weaving Textiles that Think: electronic textiles and biometric garments”. We still have tickets available,

We have some fun door prizes and the goodie bags are stuffed! Some wonderful raffle baskets are coming in. We are going to have several spectacular guild exhibits. The Members Exhibit is also coming together nicely.

Looms are being warped for the Public Weave-In on Saturday, we’re really looking forward this.. in the morning we will be introducing art teachers to our wonderful craft and the afternoon is dedicated to the public. If you have a small, portable project and want to participate, bring it!

The fashion show is going to be lovely and lively, with a special treat for you by WSSA, the host guild.

DoubleTree Hilton
@ 6505 IH 35 N
Austin, TX 78752

Because of the conference there will be no Hands-on Meeting in June.