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

December Meeting — Holiday Shin-dig

retro-reindeer-imageLet’s gather for another festive holiday potluck at Meg’s. Bring a dish to share and a fiber-related gift for our traditional and jolly round of present-thievery. And, of course, your show and tell

This is great time to renew your dues, if you haven’t already.

Meg Wilson’s House!
(see newsletter or Google-group for address)
December 8, 2016
Begins at 7:00 pm

Remember there is no Hands-On Meeting in December due to the holidays.

Here’s wishing everyone a peaceful and happy New Year.

November Meeting

Program Night — SAORI with Laura Poll of Weaving Arts Austin
November 10, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78731


SAORI is a Japanese tradition that employs weaving as a form of meditation and creativity Founded by Misao Jo in 1968, SAORI uses free style weaving for self-exploration and expression. Laura will talk us through some of the traditions of SAORI as well as the philosophy and culture. SAORI is used around the world for therapy and as a useful skill for disabled people to earn a living through creativity.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7.

Hands-On Night — There is no hands-on meeting in November due to Thanksgiving.


October Meetings — Felting & Color Theory

Program Night — Felting with Marie Spaulding of Living Felt
October 13, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:45pm

Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland
Austin, TX 78731


Marie Spaulding, proprietor of Austin’s dedicated felt supply store, Living Felt, will be talking to us about the mechanics of felting. Why do some fibers felt faster than others? How do you choose materials for your felting projects? Marie will address these items and more. Not interested in felting? Much of this information can also be used to plan spinning or weaving projects where you either want to full your end product or want to ensure that the project does not full. Join us to learn more about this fantastic art form and meet one of Austin’s top experts.

6:30-7 is social time with the meeting starting at 7. For October only, there will be small group demonstrations of how to set up and transport the newly refurbished Macomber loom.

Hands on Night — Color Theory/Color planning for a project
October 27, 2016
7 – 9 PM

Austin Recreation Center
1301 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78701-1790

As part of the Weaving 101 series we will be exploring basic color theory for weavers, including looking at how adjacent color can change the way your warp & weft changes, plus several hands-on opportunities to try out warp plans and samples of color interactions. Feel free to bring any potential project materials with you if you are seeking advice on planning the colorway of your next project. Although this is part of the Weaving 101 class the techniques apply to all fiber arts and can be adjusted in the class to suit your particular crafts.

As always there is room for the communal spin-in, access to the latest magazines and other library materials, and social time.

Gallery Exhibit Opening: Texas Folklife Gallery

texasfolklife_weaversandspinners-croppedTexas weavers love our deep traditions in functional craft and art. Weaving is an art form that sprouted from the skills employed by those turning fiber into yarn, yarn into cloth, and cloth into useful, practical, necessary, and often time, lovely and expressive household and wearable items.

The Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, WSSA, will share the beauty and the process of weaving at the:

Texas Folklife Gallery
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
FREE and open to the public

Opening Night Party Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm)
Exhibit is Open Sunday October 16th – Friday December 16th.
Gallery Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.
Facebook Event Page (please share!)

The exhibit shows the works by guild members of the Spinners and Weavers Society of Austin.  Handwoven art pieces and garments, felted pieces and basket weaving woven from a wide variety of materials all with a Texas accent.

The exhibit opening on Sunday October 16th (2pm-5pm) at the Texas Folklife Gallery will feature weaving and looming demonstrations, and a variety of pieces made by Weavers & Spinners Society of Austin members will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments and drinks will also be served.

Started in the 1970s, WSSA is a non-profit dedicated to promoting textile arts: weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, basketry & more. Members use traditional & new techniques to create wearable art, fine household items, & purely artistic expressions of thread, ribbon, wire, natural fibers, and other filaments.

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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