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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 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 fiber retreats.

Membership Renewal Time Again….

It is membership time again.  Our guild uses a fiscal year starting in September and ending in August.  For years our annual dues were $25 a year.  But our costs have increased a lot recently.  We out grew our previously free meeting location and now pay for our monthly meeting location.  Plus we need liability insurance before anyone will rent us meeting, classroom or retreat space.  Last year the membership voted and approved an increase in annual dues from $25 to $45 to cover these increases in cost.

Please take a moment and renew your membership.  We value all members.  We have a new online form that collects your information. 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2LcJMs_YMSY73ofPpnUiDNSR6Aq1oK522J2Mpfr7WatvAwA/viewform?usp=sf_link

After you enter your information on the form and click “SUBMIT” you will get links to pay using PayPal and get the address to mail in a check if you prefer.  Nicole Putnam has to compile the membership list, and is very excited about the new form.  No more struggling to read handwriting or making typos that cause emails to bounce back.  We still have a paper form you can complete at the September meeting if you prefer.

Each year we compile member information into a directory that is ONLY available to members.  We find this very helpful in networking outside of meetings.  You may choose to be omitted from the directory or to withhold any part of your information.  We never share any of this information outside AWSG.  We respect your privacy.

Welcome to a new and special year. (President's message)

We're off to a great start. I wish I could have seen all the work everyone did over the summer and the work folks shared in their State Fair submissions during the September meeting. I hope there are some photos to see. If you took any please share them with me and I'll share with the guild.

Workshops are forging ahead and we have a full slate offered. I heard the beginning spinning was a resounding success with new spinners and old spinners refreshing their skills. Next we have a nice size group heading into Bonnie's Beginning Weaving in October. Thank you to all who volunteered to make both classes happen. We also have a full class for Deflected Weaving taught by Angela Schneider. This will introduce some amazing new skills in our guild. I understand she is also a swing and contra dancer. Maybe she'll do a few steps for us. What a fun thought. If you need help paying for a course please don't hesitate applying for a scholarship. We only ask that you either write something up about the the course for the newsletter -we always need reporters – or you do a presentation at a guild meeting about the course. Spinning has a workshop coming up too. Celia Quinn will be teaching in February. More information to come on what skills will be taught.

Dawn Groth will present at the October meeting. She will present Cordova Adventures at the 2018 Fisherfolk Festival. Specifically she will talk about the History and Design Elements of Gansey Sweaters. This should be interesting to many.

In November we have Anne Brooks reporting back on her trip to the Shetlands and all the fibery wonderfulness she experienced while there. Also in November we will start our mini workshops and more information on specifics will be presented at the October meeting. So exciting. We'll be learning skills from our fellow members and we have a lot of talent in our guild.

Don't forget to keep creating for the Dena'ina Sale. It's coming up and I know some of you are getting ready.

As you can tell, we have a LOT going on and much to offer the many needs of a diverse guild. We all have many fiber interests and it's so nice when folks share what they know. Thank you to all.

Your President,
Carol Koford