We meet at 6:30 for socializing, meeting time is 7-8:45 at NorthWest Rec Center.
Picture Credit : Salt Spring Weaving
We’re happy to announce that Jette Vandermeiden will be coming to Austin to teach a three day workshop — All Tied Up!
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.
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.
Our September program meeting gives us a chance to come together after the summer break to reconnect and share what we did this summer from special workshops attended to new fiber collected on holiday travels. CHT was such a big part of our guild this summer and individual recaps of sessions, either taken our taught, will be a focus of our meeting. As usual we gather at 6:30 for socializing, with the meeting from 7-8:45 at NW Rec Center.
September 24th Hands on Project night – The second meeting of the month is our time to spin and weave together (folks have even been know to . . . gasp . . . knit!). Great time to get help with your spinning and other fiber tips. The library is always open during the Hands on Project night and is also a good time to exchange guild equipment. This meeting is from 7-9 at the Austin Rec Center.
You’d have to be nuts to miss the July 9th meeting at NorthWest Recreation Center.
Its an event that won’t happen again for a very long time. The asylum administrators have acquiesced and are opening the gates to visitors. Yes, the inmates of the double weave study group have spent this past year insanely pressing forward in a maddening effort to understand the intricacies of this weave structure. And now you will have the opportunity to mingle with them! (sharp objects and loud noises prohibited). For some, the therapy sessions have produced surprising results which they invite you to see and discuss with them.
Please do come as they are excited to show you amazing examples of double weave. AND you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about this weave structure so you too can become a crazy person. Whoo! Hoo! Whee!
Be aware you’re responsible for their emotional health on Thursday night. You wouldn’t want them to break down if you’re not there to mingle with them, now would you?
The meeting starts at 6:30 with social time, our programs usually start around 7 and we pack up to leave around 8:45.
Picture: Eileen Thompson’s Silk Squared scarf, 1st place for Wearable Accessories, Contemporary Handweaver’s of Texas 2015 conference
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.
WEST tour May 9-10 and May 16-17
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.”
Here is the description of Spin to Weave from Interweave’s website:
With expertise and enthusiasm, Sara shows the joy and satisfaction of weaving with handspun yarns.
For 20,000 years, weavers have made cloth with handspun, and you can, too. It’s the ultimate in textile artistry: creating cloth from fiber to yarn to the finished product. When you spin yarn for weaving, you have complete control over the color, texture, and performance of your fabric. Continue reading
We will have project night as usual at the ARC on July 24th, but we take August off, returning with a fresh new set of programs in the fall.
Several of us are heading to Convergence July 13-21 and will bring back stories of weaving adventures, exhibits seen and techniques learned.
Have a great summer and happy weaving!!
Dukagång from Tolvmansgården in Rimbo, Sweden