The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the fiber arts in Alaska. The guild seeks to promote the exhibition of fiber arts and to inform its members and the public through lectures, workshops and craft demonstrations.
We hold monthly meetings from September through May, often featuring a guest speaker. at 10:00 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Anchorage Museum in the Reynolds Classroom. Other Guild activities include beginning weaving and spinning classes, workshops led by professional instructors, demonstration of weaving and spinning at local events, participation in the Alaska State Fair, and a spring and fall fiber retreat in cooperation with the Valley Fiber Arts Guild.
We will resume our monthly Membership meetings this fall, on the second Saturday of September, and each month following. Contact us for more information, or watch for our late summer newsletter coming out the beginning of August.
President’s Message — Passing the Gavel - Clydene Fitch, President
It has been a most amazing year and I feel very honored that the members of the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners have allowed me to have such a good time!
Our membership is staying strong and active. I think we truly have a good time encouraging each other and welcoming new members to share our passion. We have had an average attendance of 55 each month. Thank goodness we don’t mind being close as the Anchorage Museum continues to host us for our Saturday meetings.
We have had a very active board. They have all worked hard to keep things interesting and challenging. They give of their time so willingly. It would be impossible to have the guild that we have without them: Nicole Putnam, Sharon Randall, Heather Brooks, Beverly Bronner, Kathryn Young, Karen Williams, Marilyn Barker, Sara Pate, Anne Brooks, Sherry Rogers, Christine Dittrich, Mary Janis, Jean Truscott, Pamela Grefsrud, & Linda Conover. Thank you so much for all that you have done.
We had: Demos at the Botanical Gardens, State Fair and Fur Rondy. A very successful Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium. Workshops: Wendy Smith-Wood Shibori Scarf Workshop, Kathryn Young Beginning Spinning, Pamela Grefsrud Bound Weave, Jacey Boggs Spinning, Barbara Walker Split Ply and Stripes with attitude. A very fun Holiday Party and a fabulous Spin-In Retreat.
Every month there were exciting programs: Summer Show and Tell, Spinning Presentation, Color Presentation, Study Group Presentation, Convergence Presentation, Design Tricks and the amazing Guild Challenge (32 members participated). The show and tell each month keeps us all motivated and excited to share what we have learned with each project.
We have awarded a scholarship to help out a member with fees for a workshop and we continue to support the chemo caps with the direction of Dolores Roguszka.
Thanks to our mentors who are a phone call away.
Last but not least the Study Groups were another big success for our year with 42 participants:
2 spinning groups - Kathryn Young and Karen Williams
Color Study - Jean Truscott
Sectional Warping - Julie Carter
Rag Weaving - Sherry Rogers
Tapestry - Annita Magee
Painted Warp - Jean Truscott
Whew! What a year - I feel fantastic that we went about as far as we could go in one very short year and the reason is all of you!!!
~ Clydene Fitch ~
2012 Guild Workshop Survey Results
The survey response was fantastic with 67 respondents. See survey results (pdf).
- 40% of the respondents joined the guild in the past 2 years .
- 63% weave, 67% spin, and 79% knit.
- Over 70% of the respondents are interest in attending weaving, spinning and/or dyeing workshops.
- We have a very modest chapter and only 4 weavers and 6 spinners consider themselves advanced.
- 52% of the weavers consider themselves beginners and 40 % intermediate.
- 36% of the spinners consider themselves beginners and 51% consider themselves intermediate.
- Most of the respondents are willing to register and/or pay for workshops electronically.
The workshop committee will be evaluating the results in detail to help us develop the workshop schedule for the next year.
Threads 2011 Fashion Show and Atrium Sale at the Anchorage Museum
Photos and Fashion Show slideshow
Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is featured in "Craft a Guild" newsletter, about community service projects.