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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.

September is the beginning of our new year of Guild activities and dues are again due! Guild dues are 25 dollars a year, and enable members to vote, participate in workshops & seminars, receive the newsletters and have access to our equipment & library resources. Membership to receive the newsletter only is $10/year. If you plan to be at the September meeting, we will have a basket up front where you can drop off your payment. If you won’t be at the meeting then please mail your dues to Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055. Please be sure to update your contact information if you have moved too. We use the contact information to generate our infoblast and newsletter lists, so its important it keep it up to date if you want to stay in the know about guild happenings. The members only password on our website will change Nov 1st and you don’t want to be left out. PDF Membership Application

President’s Message
"A new year, lots of new skills to be learned!"
Time to put away the lawn mower, bring out the snow removal equipment and blow off any accumulated summer dust from your loom or wheel. The Guild Season is in full swing.

In September, our rigid heddle weavers had a splendid opportunity to weave and learn more about rigid heddles from instructor Liz Gipson. I encourage all those who participated to bring their finishedweavings to a show and tell opportunity this year and share your experience with us all.

This month, we will be sponsoring well-known weaver, Heather Winslow, for a 3-day workshop in garment construction. Even if you will not be participating in this workshop, you can still learn more about her, and her process of creating handwoven garments, during an evening presentation. Check the calendar for time, date and location.

Both of these workshops, and others in the making, should at the very least, prove to inspire and challenge us as artisans. Determined to create, impossible not to, we are but a mirror to the greatest contribution of our resolve – our individuality.

I look forward to our October meeting and your creative endeavors.
Pamela M. Grefsrud, President, AWSG

2014 Alaska State Fair - interesting tidbits
There were 242 entries (20 more than in 2013).
There were 51 demonstrations and 488 volunteer hours.
There will be new fair guidelines published May 2015.

Seeking Volunteers
Would you like to be involved in Guild leadership? The Board is seeking some volunteers for the following ad-hoc committee positions:

Study Group Coordinator - The Study Group Coordinator is responsible for some coordination among study group leaders. Volunteer will provide a blurb to the newsletter indicating study groups are forthcoming and requesting group leaders, will facilitate group sign ups with a brief introduction of the program during the guild meeting and provide periodic program updates to the ANWG Board. Study Group coordinator will not be responsible for leading a study group, finding volunteer instructors or attending a study group (unless they so choose to participate in these activities). This position is open to any guild member and requires no spinning/weaving experience.

November Sale Assistant - Nicole has a training commitment the week of the sale and can’t be onsite on Friday for booth setup. We need a sale assistant to oversee the booth setup volunteers on Friday. It only takes a couple hours to get everything onsite and in place for the sale. We usually begin setup at around 4pm and the decorating volunteers are able to start putting items out at around 6pm. Nicole has written up directions for setup so there are very clear lists of what needs to be transported to site for setup and how things go together.

Community Service Project Coordinator - Traditionally the guild has had a community service project that members can contribute to. Examples of past projects include: chemo caps, lap robes and receiving blankets. We’d like suggestions for a new community service project and a volunteer to coordinate the effort. Suggestions and coordinator need not come from the same person.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Nicole Putnam at nickp@gci.net or Pamela Grefsrud, Pamela's email.

Alaska artists invited to apply for upcoming Anchorage Museum exhibitions
'All Alaska Juried’ and solo exhibition deadline is July 1. The winner of the Best of Show Award receives a $1,000 prize. “All Alaska Juried XXXV” opens Nov. 7 and will be on view through Feb. 1, 2015 at the Anchorage Museum. More information.

A heads up: Another Fashion Show is coming in 2015! See the events page for details.

Thank You ConocoPhillips
The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild would like to extend a big thank you to ConocoPhillips for their grant of $500.  We plan to use this grant to replace outdated library materials for the Guild library.  The grant is made possible by Conoco Phillips Employee Involvement Program which is designed to support local non-profit organizations and employee volunteerism.  We were awarded this grant based on the service of Conoco Phillips employee, Sara Pates’ service as an ANWG Board Member.  Thank you Conoco Phillips and thank you Sara!

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.


Below Julie Carter shows off her shadow weave at a monthly meeting during show and tell.

Julie Carter


Guild Library: The guild has a library of spinning and weaving books, videos and equipment available for rent to members.
See
members only page.

 

 

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