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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: Good month to weave....and spin...
At the upcoming meeting we’ll elect our new board members and celebrate spring together at the May Potluck (with lots of food!). The Potluck marks the end of our yearly Guild calendar, and I can’t believe how quickly our year has flown by.

It has been both my honor and pleasure to have served as AWSG President this year. (Although I will miss my gavel immensely). I would like to extend my thanks to our wonderful board members, who keep everything running smoothly (Farrah, Sara, Linda, Bonnie, Jenny, Karen, Anna, Pam and Annita) and especially our retiring board members: Sharon, Kathryn, Christine, Sherry, Jean, Mary and my mentor & all around go to-gal Clydene. Thank you to all of Board members for your hard work on behalf of the guild.

Please join me in welcoming our incoming President, Pamela Grefsrud, for the 2014-2015 Guild year. It should be a dynamic year with lots of opportunities to participate as we prepare for the 2015 Fashion show. Keep in mind that the event of the year is always the State Fair. As you putter around the studio this summer and don’t forget to prepare your Fair entries for the August entry drop off date and to sign up for the demo weekend. The Fair is always a neat opportunity to show off what we do to the general public.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Nicole Putnam
AWSG President

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.

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
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.
members only page.



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