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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.

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

Wow! The holiday season is almost upon us. I love the hot chocolate part and the holiday lights all over town brighten up our winter darkness here in Alaska. I'm spending time indoors with my weaving and dreaming of the beauty of Alaska to put into my weavings. And of course I'm making gifts. The air is extra crisp as it gets a little colder. I do love a walk in that crisp air. It's invigorating and clears the cobwebs out of the brain. Then it's time for that hot chocolate and focusing on my weaving. Speaking of hot chocolate, I remember one of my daughters returning from studies abroad (Bosnia and Slovakia where she was learning about conflict resolution) and telling about finding hot chocolate shops selling 30+ flavors of hot chocolate. We like to experiment with the flavors just as I love to experiment with new fiber adventures.

Our monthly meeting will be at 10 a.m. on November 10 and will last an extra hour. We will start with Anne Brooks telling about her trip to the Shetland Wool Week Festival in Scotland. She had a whole week of classes and will share what she learned. After this we will have the mini workshops/classes/demonstrations on methods in both spinning and weaving. These should help sharpen our skills and introduce us to new or different methods. The Spinner Workshop folks will have Joanne Teague show us how support spindling works and Ellen Halseth will show us drum carding.

The Weaving Workshop folks have Sherry Rogers showing us transparent weaving. Remember her challenge masterpiece last year with the birch trees and the transparent background? This will be interesting. Annita MaGee will show us tapestry and examples of her exquisite work. She also does transparent weaving. What a great slate of offerings our members will bring us. We have so much
talent within the guild and people willing to share what they know. This is so exciting. Plan to stay and learn something new.

During the meeting we will have a silent auction of fiber related wonderful items donated to the guild. The logistics will be explained during the meeting. There is an article in this newsletter showing us some of what will be available to buy. We will have a break or two to allow you to view and place bids. Then later in the month, on November 17 and 18, we have the Dena'ina craft show. It starts at 10 a.m. We get to show the community what wonderful and amazing items we create and they can buy from us. There is set-up on November 17. Please contact Anne Brooks and/or Sherry Rogers to volunteer to help them set-up and to volunteer to help during the sale in the booth. A spouse or two is nice for helping set-up.

It's an exciting month of activities. I hope to see you.

Your President,
Carol Koford