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
First Congregational Christian Church, 2610 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508. Entrance and parking on the lower, east side parking area only. 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. Please join us each second Saturday from September through May from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Christian Church.
Special Notice: February Gathering Information Session/Time Change
The February gathering will begin at 9:30 am with an information discussion of the upgrade options to the Guild’s financial software. Attendance at this discussion is optional. The official guild meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Additional information on how to become a member can be found on the "Join" page.
The days are getting longer and I can feel myself coming out of that winter hibernation we all tend towards during the dark winter months here. This time of year reminds me that I only have a few more months of prime crafting time before summer is here and my attention is pulled elsewhere. Quick! Craft faster!
This past month I was able to attend the “Weaving Classic Crackle and More” workshop with Susan Wilson. WOW! My brain is so full and my creative energy is still pumping at full speed. This was my first weaving workshop and only the 2nd time I’ve warped by 4-harness loom. Needless to say, I jumped in to the deep end! Thankfully (and thanks to the help of several of our members) I managed to keep my head above water and soak everything in like a sponge.
I was struck by how vastly different this workshop was compared to the many spinning workshops I have taken. I really enjoyed having several lectures each day where we would study, analyze and discover how we could “bend” the rules of the crackle weave structure. My experience with spinning has been much more “organic” where most of the learning happens right at the wheel. This workshop allowed me to stretch the learning process in to a different corner of my brain by studying the theory/structure of the process PRIOR to sitting down at my tool for the hands on part of the learning.
Susan Wilson was an incredible teacher and a source of vast knowledge. I was so very proud of our guild when she commented on how much she enjoyed her time interacting with our members. She applauded us for being such a pleasant group of people that was clearly close and enjoyed spending time together. What a lovely compliment to receive from a guest and what a treat it is to be part of such an outstanding group of artists. Bravo! I look forward to seeing those finished samples for our February Show and Tell.
Until then, Farrah
Farrah Weinert, President, AWSG