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Meetings in May, 2015

keep-calm-and-get-ready-for-chtMay 14th Program night
This month’s program night is devoted to helping with preparations for the CHT conference.  Boring? No!  We will have door prizes and snacks for all the participants – also, great chance to enjoy uninterrupted social time!  Please join us for this fun and productive evening.

May 28th Hands-on Project night  – No agenda, just getting together to spin, weave or work on any personal fiber project; great opportunity to peruse the library and share our skills.  Will feature a demo from an interesting spinning item available through our lending library.

Shawl Raffle

Raffle ShawlThis gorgeous shawl was hand spun and handwoven by the Llama Mamas during the Kid ‘n’ Ewe Sheep to Shawl contest last November.

We’re raffling it off as a benefit for WSSA’s storage space.   One of our biggest assets is our library, looms, spinning wheels and other equipment — and when it’s not checked out it needs to be somewhere. The storage unit we rent is by far our biggest expense.

Raffle tickets are available during Guild meetings or from members.

Please pick up a packet and sell 25 tickets to your friends ($1 ea or 6 for $5). The drawing will take place at WSSA’s June 11 picnic – you don’t have to be present to win! We’ve raised about $250 so far, but the shawl is worth more than that!



West Austin Studio Tour 2015

West Austin Studio Tour is a ton of fun. We take over a member’s house and turn it into a pop-up gallery and working studio with demos and vendors.

Sign up to help HERE!

WEST tour  May 9-10 and May 16-17
Times:  11-6

Here is the description from the WEST website:
“WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their collections and supporting local artisans.”


Program Night February 12, 2015

photo Rock the Sock!

Forget the Jimmy Choos, there’s nothing more luxurious and decadent than handspun and handknit socks!  Aimee Kandl, expert sock knitter and incompetent sock yarn spinner will shed some light on this titillating topic.  We’ll view great moments in handspun sock history, starting 2,000 years ago and leaping over the industrial revolution straight to the present-day handspinning renaissance.  Controversial sock yarn subjects such as proper fiber choice, preparation, drafting, and photoply will be discussed in a civilized manner.  Eileen Thompson, expert spinner, will knock your socks off with her excellent technique demonstration for spinning fine and even singles.  Sizing handspun yarn, calculating knitting gauge, estimating yardage, and recommended knitting patterns will be reviewed as well.     

Links from Aimee’s presentation can be found on her website.

November 13, 2014 Program Night – So you want to enter a fashion show ?

One of the highlights of the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference is the fashion show.

colorful_floral_girl_silhouette_148620At our November meeting,  Meg Wilson will fill us in on details relating to the CHT fashion show and some of the specifics of submitting a garment to the CHT Conference “Warp Speed Ahead” in June 2015.

Aimee Kandl will then present what judges may be looking for in a garment, as well as giving pointers and tips for entering apparel into the fashion show.

Finally Mickey Stam, Colleen Launer Yarbrough and Pam James will share their experience weaving for garment construction and entering a juried show. Colleen recently won 2nd place at the Wool Festival at Taos for one of her garments.

Please bring  any woven apparel they you have made, and if an item which was entered a show to be judged, to we’d love to see  the judges comment form.

There is no Hands-on night in November due to Thanksgiving.

September 2014 Programs: Conferences and Equipment

Program Night — Conferences: Convergence, Complex Weavers, Saori, CHT

HGAThursday, September 11  We will kick off the new Guild year and fall season with  a look at all the fabulous conferences and workshops some of our members attended this summer – from Convergence to Complex Weavers to Saori!  Also, since next June we will be the host Guild for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference, we will find out all about CHT. Program nights start at 6:30 PM and are held at NW Recreation Center.

Hands-on Night –The Wheels in the Guild go Round and Round: Use and Care of Equipment

Thursday, September 25 Wondering why your wheel squeaks like a mouse trapped in a disco ball? Curious about how to use wool combs without being tortured like St. Blaise? Want to run wild and drum-card creative art batts for spinning outrageous yarns? Join WSSA on September 25 as spinner and artist Aimee Kandl enlightens us on the best ways to use, maintain, and store our spinning and fiber-processing equipment.  Hands-on night starts at 7 PM and is held at the Austin Rec Center.

Maps to meeting locations.