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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.

Membership reminder
September 2023 was the start of the new Guild Year. Please keep our community whole and thriving by joining us! We have a lot of really wonderful programs planned. Please join us using the link below. You will be given the choice of paying online via PayPal or sending us a check.

Please click HERE to enroll or renew.

AWSG Monthly Meetings - Second Saturday of the month
Zoom Member Meeting: Monthly 2nd Saturday from 10:00 - noon
Meeting ID: 875 5218 1447 Passcode: 920816

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague, non-AWSG members welcome, 6pm
The AWSG Bandweaving Study Group strarted up on Aug 17th, after a summer break. We meet the 3rd Thurs of each month @ 6pm (virtually, at this time).

inkle loom weavingWe support each other in all types of Bandweaving: inkle, card/tablet weaving, band weaving. We often have (optional) group projects, where we all do a similar band, to learn, support each other and compare notes. Ours goals are learning and sharing. We are open to non-AWSG members, and via Joanne, encourage textile re-enactor participation. Please contact Karen Williams if you have any questions: email Karen Williams

Topic: AWSG Bandweaving Study Group

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84156633985?pwd=eVRDcGNYRzBVMzVGU0F4UzBMZHJJdz09
Meeting ID:
841 5663 3985
Passcode: weaving

August’s topics will be:
   Physical vs. virtual going forward
   If physical, location/time
   What people wove/learned this summer
   Brainstorm on list of future group projects

If there is a Twill, there is a way! Workshop with Ellen Halseth - September 23-24, 2023
There are still some spaces available. Sign up today. More information

Alaska State Fair - The fair is on! – August 18 th through September 4, 2023.
Exhibit entry information information with demo signups coming soon.

Beginning Spinning Classes - September 16th, 2023
Please see more information for a Beginning Spinning Workshop run by our own Sarah Robicheaux on 16 September: The beginning spinning class is designed to get the brand new spinner started. If you have had some practice and are looking to hone your skills feel free to come. In the morning we will learn to prepare our fiber and spin on a spindle. Small and portable, spindle spinning is a great method of spinning to take with you wherever you go. The afternoon will be devoted to spinning on a spinning wheel. Several different types of wheels will be on hand to try. Get the exact yarn that you want for a project, by making it yourself!

Beginning Weaving Classes with Barbara Keller this fall 2023
Barbara Keller of Barbara Unlimited will teach the beginning weaving class series this fall. The class series will cover the basics of weaving a project and assumes students have no prior knowledge of weaving. It will include calculating the quantity of yarn needed, how to warp the loom, how to weave, and finishing techniques. At the end of the class, students will have completed a sampler and will have gained an understanding of how to plan and weave a project on their own. These classes are suitable for high school students through adults.
more information; sign up open now

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2023 Handwoven Scarf Exchange - due by October 31st
Registration Open!
More Information

New Guild Bags!!

The Guild has a new logo, designed by our own Pam Clifton. The logo has been embroidered onto beautiful new bags, which are for sale. Get your new bag at the May meeting for $25.00. After the meeting they will be $30.00. Payment is by check only at the meeting or by Paypal, no later than May 6th. Here’s what the bags look like:

Looking good!! Big thanks to Gwen Mathew for making the bags happen!!!

Here are the PayPal Instructions:
Paying for AWSG workshops or merchandise thru your personal PayPal account.

  1. Sign into your PayPal account; this should bring you to the Dashboard view
    (check upper right of screen).
  2. Click the gold "Send" button
  3. Type in the AWSG email: awsgworkshop@gmail.com, then press enter
  4. Click on the “$0.00” and enter in the amount to send.
  5. Click on the “+ What is this payment for?” and enter in the workshop or merchandise you are paying for.
  6. Click the "Continue" button near the bottom of the page.
  7. Confirm the information and click "Send Payment Now" button


Make-It Gathering at Mt. Vernon Commons Monthly 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m. - August Make-It Gathering is cancelled. See you in September.
Mark your calendar and join us for the Monthly Make-it Gatherings on the third Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The gathering is held at Mt. Vernon Commons. The Commons House has 3 separate rooms for gathering. We will dedicate some of the rooms to different study groups. Please join us for either a study group or to simply work on your project with others. 3322 Commons Circle Anchorage, AK 99503

Check out the Study Groups offered by the guild! Study Groups Information

Newsletter Submissions
As always, we love photos and articles from our members. Did you learn something new that you want to share? Was there a textile book or a new tool you want to review? Share your progress or lessons learned on your newest project.