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
The 2013 Arts & Crafts Emporium will be held in the Dena'ina Civic Convention Center on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. More information on the Coming Events page.
2014 Challenge - Use the Pantone 2014 color pallet to create your 2014 Challenge project. One color, several colors or all the colors may be incorporated into your project. Challenge items will be presented during our April meeting.
A heads up: Another Fashion Show is coming in 2015!
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 We plan to use this grant to replace outdated library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!
Congratulations to our Alaska State Fair Division Champion winners!
Bonnie Tisler (x 2!)
President’s Message —Nicole Putnam, President
November seemed to just fly by. For me the month was dominated by the annual round of colds and flu that hit our house, frantic last minute crafts, the Arts & Craft Emporium sale and the Thanksgiving Holiday and associated shopping(!). December is a quiet month for the fiber arts in my house. My loom is warped and ready but I don’t seem to get much accomplished this month with holiday preparations in the mix, and with the tree up & guests in the house, my spinning wheels are tucked away upstairs too. Good thing I have a nice stash of handspun yarn! I can at least work on learning to knit better or slog away on those eternally half finished socks that my mother left me.
This month instead of our regular meeting we have our annual Holiday Potluck. There should be lots of yummy food and the gift exchange to look forward too. Remember to RSVP with Anne Brooks if you want to attend the potluck (and to pay your dues if you haven’t already). I look forward to a day of tasty treats and visiting.
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.