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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.



June 11th is the Annual Spring Picnic!

Picnic1Our annual spring picnic will be hosted by one of our members on June 11th from 6:30-9 PM.

We will provide plates, cups and utensils. Bring a dish and drink to share. Members will receive an email invitation with address information.

We hope you’ll join us for our annual meeting and presentation of the slate of officers for the next year.  Also bring your show and tell!

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.