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. Please join us each second Saturday from September through May from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 625 C. Street.
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
"Tidings for 2015"
Aaaah, the stillness that the New Year brings following a hurried and hectic end of year, is just the right tonic for me. I look forward to filling up my year with new events, new creations and new, but not many, surprises.
We begin this New Year with our first ever Winter Fiber Fling on January 24. Always fun, our Fiber Flings offer all spinners an opportunity to catch up on their spinning while enjoying the day with friends. The refreshments never fail to add a nice touch, as well. If you haven’t already, register and pay online to reserve your place.
How many of us are working (OR NOT!) on a project, or two, that needs just a bit more time, inspiration or help? Bring one, or all, of your unfinished projects to our PH. D Clinic, otherwise known as “Half-Finished Projects”. This all-day affair on February 28 will include sessions on weaving, spinning, dyeing, finishing, etc., etc., to assist and support you in finishing these projects. Perhaps these unfinished beasts will be transformed into beauties that will grace the runway in our upcoming Threads 2015 Fashion Show on April 19.
We will end our guild season with a May potluck (May 9) and then our annual retreat on May 15 - 17. There it is: The beginning of the end of our current guild season. My New Years’ calendar only momentarily fresh and spotless, is already quickly filling up.
Pamela M. Grefsrud, President, AWSG
$500 Donation from ConocoPhillips!
We would like to thank fellow guild member and workshop coordinator, Sara Pate, and her employer Conoco Phillips, for their combined efforts in recently supporting our guild with a $500.00 donation. Because of Saras’ volunteerism with our guild and ConocoPhillips’ employee involvement program, we are the fortunate recipient of this donation. This donation will further our mission of educating and advancing weaving and spinning to all Alaskans through our workshops.
Thank you, Sara and ConocoPhillips!
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.
Below Julie Carter shows off her shadow weave at a monthly meeting during show and tell.