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 2022 will be the start of the new Guild Year. Guild membership has been temporarily lowered to $35 this 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 note that the form reads an incorredt amount as the dues are $35/yr and $10 for newsletter only.

Please click HERE to enroll or renew. Vesterheim Bandweaving

Next AWSG Monthly Meeting - October 8, 2022, 10AM

Symbols In Bandweaving: The Emojis Of Traditional Handcraft (Online from Vesterheim) Wed, Sept. 28
Free $0.00
Schedule: Wednesday, September 28 (7:00-8:00 pm CT)
Instructor: Kathleen Almelien
Location: This is an online class hosted on Zoom.

Woven bands played an important role in traditional Norwegian clothing. Used to close or support clothing (the way we use zippers, buttons, and snaps), they also added beauty and interest to clothing. Additionally, the symbols woven into the band communicated that the person came from a particular area of Norway and imbued the band with meaning to the wearer.

Join folk artist Kathleen Almelien for a webinar exploring the symbols used in bandweaving, the "emojis" of their time. Almelien will highlight her own bands as well as those in Vesterheim's collection and will draw parallels with the symbols used in other traditional Norwegian handcraft.

Beginning weaving classes this fall. More information

Dena'ina Sale is back! Get ready now through October 31, 2022
Guild members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the Anchorage Arts and Crafts Emporium at the Dena'ina Center the weekend before Thanksgiving.
More information

Make-It Gathering at Mt. Vernon Commons Monthly 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
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

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.

Chiaki O'Brien Saori Workshop, 9/24/22 or 9/25/22, Spaces available if you bring your own loom.
Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-chiaki

The class is full for those signed up to use the pre-warped SAORI piccolo looms.  We have some remaining seats for those who would like to bring their own pre-warped loom.

This will be our first in-person weaving class since COVID. I hope you are as excited about it as we are! The COVID protocols for this workshop are that if a person is not vaccinated, we are requesting they have a negative COVID test within 3 days. Chiaki O'Brien has already let us know that she is fully vaccinated.

Note that we estimate a certain amount of participation in the classes in order to bring Chiaki to Alaska. We will review the registration on July 24th and determine if the class has enough participants to meet the minimum estimate.