Category Archives: Workshops

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.

March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo

IMG_7775March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Laura’s Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733

This year we will be doing things a little bit differently for our SHARE workshop.   We will have a guest teacher, Yohannah Klingensmith, giving a presentation and demonstration on loom warping.  She taught this same class at CHT and it was very successful. This will take place the first part of the day.  The second part of the day guild members will “SHARE” their weaving and spinning talents by demonstration and teaching.

Yohannah has been weaving since she was ten.  She works and teaches weaving at Homestead Fiber Arts, part of the Homestead Craft Village  which features award winning woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, leather work and quilting in addition to fiber crafts.

Yohannah’s workshop is an overview of warping a loom in the back to front Swedish method.  All the basic steps will be covered from measuring the warp to dressing the loom.  During the course of the class Yohannah will demo how this is done and will share her wisdom of warping and dressing a loom

In keeping with the original theme of the SHARE workshop, after the class guild members will demo weaving and spinning.

Schedule:
11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members

Both portions of the day are open to the public.
Please CLICK HERE to register for the workshop (no charge for the workshop, donations welcome).  We also need members to demo the day of the workshop.

January 14, 2016 Program Night– Warp with a Trapeze / Mangle your Cloth

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We’re thrilled to welcome Jette Vandermeiden to Austin  for a few days in January.  She’ll be speaking at our January 14th program night and teaching a 3- day workshop.

The program night topic is “Warp with a Trapeze/Mangle Your Cloth”.  Sounds fun doesn’t it? Kind of circusy?  Not really. A warping trapeze is an ingenious device that allows the weaver to put long warps on a loom with wonderfully even tension. I love mine. And mangling.. that sounds… well, bad.  It’s not. It’s how the Scandinavians get their linen so beautifully shiny and flat. I remember my grandmother’s mangle — it was a huge wooden box full of rocks, that rested on a giant wooden cylinder. Modern Scandinavians have smaller electric versions in their homes, and we will be learning the process using a marble rolling pin.

Here  is the program description from Jette’s website:

The Scandinavians weave beautiful and fine cloth. They have a different approach to setting up a warp, preparing their looms, and weaving. Find out what a warping trapeze will do and how to mangle your cloth. Included are demonstrations of dressing a loom using a trapeze, and finishing cloth using a simple mangle.

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

Jette Vandermeiden  has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and is a regular columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at several museums, consulting on the Jacquard loom. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

The weekend immediately after Jette is teaching a 3 day workshop  “All Tied Up”, the website description follows:

The tie-up is your best friend! Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

 

 

Three-day workshop — All Tied Up! — with Jette Vandermeiden

Twill variationsWe’re happy to announce that  Jette Vandermeiden will be coming to Austin to teach a three day workshop — All Tied Up!

January 15-17, 2016
NorthWest Rec Center, Austin
Registration Link

The tie-up is your best friend!  Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

Registration is online HERE.

About the Instructor:
Jette Vandermeiden has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and is a regular columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at the Ontario Science Center, working on the Jacquard loom. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

SHARE Workshop- January 17-18, 2015

Saturday January 17th, 10am to 4pm,  Sunday 18th, 1pm to 6:00pm

Location:
Westbank Public Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746
Directions:  http://www.westbanklibrary.com/directions

We are doing a repeat performance of the very popular Weaving Winter Workshop or www.SHARE workshop.  Participants in the workshop are asked to bring a loom warped and ready to weave in a pattern of your choice.  Not to worry if you can’t come with a prepared loom, we will also have a few extra looms warped and ready to weave.

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Warp Speed Ahead!

CHT conferenceWSSA is proud to host the biennial Contemporary Handweavers of Texas conference

June 24 – 28, 2015

DoubleTree Hilton
@ 6505 IH 35 N
Austin, TX   78752

This regional weaving and fiber event will feature a vendor area, exhibits, demonstrations and weave-in that are free and open to the public.

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February Guild Meetings

heartsThis is turning out to be a busy and fun month.

Our programs are at the usual times and places but the content is reversed.

Thursday February 13  We will meet at the Northwest Rec Center for Project Night  and  have three stations of woven and braided hearts to make for valentines day. Bring a scissors and put your wildest craftsy hat on for creative inspiration.

Thursday February 27 We will meet at the Austin Rec Center for a program on “Spinning for Color” with Susan Fricks from Yarnorama in Paige, Texas.

The following day, Friday, February 28th, Susan will have a workshop on this same theme at her shop in Paige. We can load up a couple of cars and make the trip together. Registration for that workshop can be found HERE