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: Good month to weave....and spin...
The days are getting longer and we are slowly inching closer to spring& to our 1st Annual Spring Retreat! Our retreat committee is working hard to line up time for us to spin & weave and shop and eat and take mini classes (and did I mention eat? AWSG knows how to potluck!) during the first weekend in May. I’ve signed up to attend, and so have a number of other guild members. What about you? There’s still time to mail in a deposit and join us at the Retreat.
Electronic media gives us so much information at the touch of our fingertips. We have an active Pinterest page and a Ravelry group where members are posting their ideas and projects. If you’ve been resisting the Facebook trend, now would also be an excellent time to create a Facebook account and check out the AWSG page. Our electronic media guru’s, Lori and Laura, are keeping our page active by posting photos, inspiration and comments for our friends. It’s a lot of fun to see what’s going on and I’ve actually learned a thing or two (So long turkey roaster! Hello, dyepot!). Just type “Anchorage Weavers and Spinners” into the search bar and you should be able to find the page no problem. Lastly, don’t forget that our webpage (www.anchorageweavespin.org) is also a great resource for information on upcoming activities & events, guild resources, newsletter back issues and classified ads. Kudos to Linda Conover for keeping it in such great shape for us!
I hope to see everyone at our March meeting; we have a sizzling program lined up! Linda Cortright, editor of Wild Fibers Magazine, will be our guest speaker this month. I attended her lecture in Palmer last summer and it was truly excellent: informative, funny and thought provoking. I hadn’t considered how spinning and weaving fits into the global perspective before…plus I scored some really yummy cashmere too. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us for this month!
Nicole Putnam, President, AWSG
2014 Spring Retreat - May 2-4th. Save the dates and plan to attend.
You can sign up for the AWSG Retreat electronically via the link below:
Password is shuttle.
ASWG May Retreat Deposits ($40) must be received by March 8th to hold reservations.
Make Checks payable to AWSG, send to: Clydene Fitch, 11177A Aberdeen Cr., Eagle River, Ak. 99577.
RV sites with electrical hook ups are all taken. Dry (no hook ups) sites are still available.
There will be a designated Men’s Cabin and Shower House available at our upcoming retreat.
An additional EVENT at the retreat will be a SHOW AND TELL DISPLAY. Please plan on bringing one of your completed Fiber Arts items to display.
If you are considering leading a mini class/Demo/Lecture for our May2014 Retreat Please give us your input so we can continue planning and scheduling for an inspirational fun filled weekend.
Mini Class Leader Questionnaire
More retreat information
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!
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.