Rabbit Ridge Designs Yarn

Spirit weaving by Zann Carter
Spirit weaving
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Calendar of Events - see the newsletter in the Members Only area for more details on events.
We have guild meetings September through May.

To both promote the fiber arts in our csommunity and to encourage participation in a wide variety of events, the Guild welcomes individuals and businesses to advertise events & classes in our online Guild calendar.  For full details and rates (if applicable) please review our Advertising Policy.

Vesterhein BandweavingNext AWSG Monthly Meeting - Octobr 8, 2022, 10AM

Symbols In Bandweaving: The Emojis Of Traditional Handcraft (Online from Vesterheim)Wednesday, 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.

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.

DATES: Now through October 31 – Prepare items for sale, complete tags, fill out inventory sheet, and double check inventory sheet.
November 1 through November 16th – Submit tagged items for sale and inventory sheet to Dawn Groth or assigned volunteer. Call or email to arrange drop off with Dawn

907-720-3580, Email
8212 Race Circle Anchorage AK 99504

Prepare your precious and beautiful items for sale!! Volunteer at the booth!! Come to the sale!! This is a good opportunity to sell handmade fiber items, show off to the Anchorage community and promote our Guild.

Dena'ina Sale dates
Dena'ina Sale guidelines
Inventory Sheet

A Sign Up Genius to volunteer to help out will be posted soon.

Make it Gathering - third Saturday starting in September.
This will be located at the Mt. Vernon Commons House, 3322 Commons Circle, Anchorage, AK. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This is on the north side of West 34th, between C Street and Arctic.

Bring a project you are working on and visit with your fellow guild members! There are 3 rooms at the Commons House. People are gathering in any one of the rooms depending on the craft they are working.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Textiles & Tea
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.'s (HGA) interview series, Textiles & Tea, takes place every Tuesday at 4 PM (ET). We've invited some of the most respected fiber artists in the field today to join us for an hour long conversation where we will discuss their artwork and their creative journey. Make a cup of your favorite tea and join us as we talk about fiber, creativity, inspiration, process and so much more.

September 27, 2022: Janice Lessman Moss
generously sponsored by Illinois Prairie Weavers

JaniceLessman-MossJanice Lessman-Moss is a weaver who embraces the unique vocabulary of digital design in relation to the binary functioning of threads on the loom to create her art. She has been awarded numerous Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council beginning in 1984, and received an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts. Lessman-Moss won the prestigious Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio in 2016, the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, and a coveted United States Artists Fellowship also in 2019. Her work been presented throughout the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Kent State University Museum, Galleria Willa in Lodz, Poland, the Museum of Fine Art and Culture in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Praxis Gallery in Cleveland. Other exhibition highlights include: “Neo Geo,” at the Akron Art Museum; “Fiberarts International 2013 and 2016,” Society for Contemporary Craft and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; “New Material World,” Sheldon Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; “Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2011,” Museum Rijswijk, Netherlands; the second and seventh ”Cheongju Juried Craft Exhibition,” Korea; and the first, second, third and fourth “International TECHstyle Art Biennial,” San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lessman-Moss resides in Kent, Ohio where she is Emeritus Professor at Kent State University.

Register for Janice Lessman-Moss

More information on the following October Textiles & Tea will be posted later.

October 4, 2022: Venancio Aragon generously sponsored by Weavers' Guild of St. Louis, in Memory of Dorothy Haddock

October 11, 2022: Deborah Silver generously sponsored by Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild

October 18, 2022: Deborah Chandler generously sponsored by Weave A Real Peace

October 25, 2022: John Marshall generously sponsored by Maryy Meigs Atwater Weavers Guild

Textiles & Tea is a complimentary program of the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By registering you receive links to view the broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook (no account necessary). These broadcasts are recorded, free to view, and open to all. You can support our programming with a donation to HGA's Fiber Trust. For more information about Textiles & Tea, our programs, and membership, visit www.WeaveSpinDye.org or call (678) 730-0010.

Fun Knitting Opportunity:
A knitting group through Catholic Social Services has recently begun for a group of women who are refugees from Afghanistan. There are about 8 or so in the group, and they are new knitters. We started last Wednesday, and I was the sole knitting helper. It was really fun! More helpers would be great!!

Time: Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Where: The Catholic Social Services Welcome Center, 4135 San Roberto Ave (close to the East side Costco)

2 or 3 additional helpers would really help. Hopefully with a small group of dedicated helpers, there would always be at least one helper each week, knowing that we can't all be available every Wednesday. The women are friendly and enthusiastic. They have limited English, but are learning fast. I am organizing materials and simple projects for them.

Questions: Call Sarah Robicheaux at 338-8516 or email SarahPlease let me know if you plan on coming.

Signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-chiaki

CHIAKI O'BRIEN SAORI WEAVINGChiaki O’Brien, SAORI artist from Minnesota, will provide a one day workshop on the philosophy of SAORI and weaving techniques.

A pre-warped SAORI Piccolo loom will be provided with black 10/2 warp. Students will provide weft yarns for their own use, and we are request that students bring a few other types of yarn to share with others.

Students will have the option to sign up for a Saturday or Sunday workshop. If a student has their own SAORI loom, pre-warped, a separate category is available with a discount of $15.

Date: Saturday 09/24/22 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or Sunday 09/25/22 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Location: Camp Fire Alaska, Wells Fargo Community Room, 161 Klevin St. #100, Anchorage, AK 99508
Class Fee (per day): $105 will be required at registration which can be paid on-line or checks may be sent to:

Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild
PO Box 244055
Anchorage, AK 99524-4055

Cancellations shall result in the forfeiture of the class fee, unless a replacement can be found, whether from the waiting list or arranged by the person cancelling the registration in the workshop.

If the minimum number of registrants is not received by July 24th, this class will be cancelled, and all money paid will be refunded.

If you have questions, please contact DeAnne Sabol, (907) 841-3008, email DeAnne or Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, email Lorri.

Fairbanks Fiber Festival - Oct. 8-9, 2022Fairbanks Fiber Fest
The Fiber Fest will return IN-PERSON this fall on October 8th & 9th (10am-4pm each day) at the Pioneer Park Civic Center. All fiber/textile artisans, farmers and producers are welcome! This includes those selling products related to: knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, embroidery, sewing, quilting, felting, macramé, needle point, basket making, papermaking, and more. The vendor application is found here: https://www.fairbanksfiberfestival.com/vendors . You can either apply and submit your payment all online or download a PDF to fill out and email back. The deadline to apply is September 15th.

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help out during the festival. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Kalin Seaton by email or (907)378.5697.

We will have workshops again this year too so keep an eye out for them in case you want to participate or if you are interested in teaching a workshop contact
Kerri at contact Kerri .

If you are interested in doing a demo during the festival please let Becky Hammond know. Demos can be anywhere from 15 - 60 mins long. Phone Becky at 907 699 7121.

Help us get the word out by sharing with anyone you think will be interested in the festival.
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center
P.O. Box 106, Ester, AK 99725
(907) 451-0691 | www.calypsofarm.org

Interesting Fiber Classes
This is not ANWG or HGA, but it is interesting. Each of these classes is one hour long and available for $20.00 over Zoom

Ukrainian Folk Art Project
The AWSG band weaving study group’s next project is in support of Ukraine. We will each pick a project either inspired by Ukrainian folk art, in Ukrainian flag colors or from a Ukrainian source. We are looking at various Ukrainian textile sellers on Etsy who sell PDFs, since this is a way to financially support textile artist in Ukraine. Ukraine folk costuming contains a lot of embroidery. In addition, there is some overlap in band weaving with fellow Baltic countries. A lot of patterns while not intended for weaving, would be very easy to use in weaving. Or this may be the perfect time to use your handspun in embroidery.

Below is a list of Ukrainian Etsy sellers of PDF patterns. I searched Etsy for “Ukraine PDF”. This list is in no way complete. I did verify that each of the sellers below is from Ukraine. This idea came from this article: https://www.kvoa.com/townnews/commerce/before-the-ukraine-invasion-she-made-belts-now-she-makes-camouflage-nets-for-troops/article_71501489-6ed2-53a0-8be6-b7b0b49cbe51.html The lady profiled in the article is the first shop listed below. The article may inspire you to join us in this project.

Some examples are:

Fireweed Fiber Festival - Sept 24 &25, 2022 at the Soldotna sports center.

Needle Felting by Pam Clifton

Pam Clifton's pumpkins     Pam Cllifton's felted      Pam Clifton's felted apples

ChuranunuStudy Groups

Churanunu - Led by Scharine Kirchoff - Meets 4th Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The AWSG band weaving study group will be taking a break until the fall. We will decide at that time whether to meet in person or continue with a virtual meeting. We hope to revive this group focused on exploring Saori weaving in the fall. Stay tuned! We welcome your participation in the Churanunu (Chu-ra-nu-nu) weaving study group. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 am. The meeting agenda includes a hands-on session on paper pulp, and papermaking. Samples f some of our recent paper explorations are included in Show and Share. We will continue to explore our second project, Paper!, through the summer. Please contact Scharine Kirchoff at RyukyuHeritageTextiles@gmail.com to confirm your  attendance at the upcoming meeting.

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague - Currently not meeting
The AWSG band weaving study group will be taking a break until the fall. We will decide at that time whether to meet in person or continue with a virtual meeting.

SAORI Weaving - Led by Farrah Weinert - Currently not meeting
We hope to revive this group focused on exploring Saori weaving in the fall. Stay tuned!

Volunteers Needed at Galway Days August 13!
The Irish Club of Alaska is looking for someone who would be willing to speak for twenty minutes on a topic about Irish textiles/fiber prep in a small booth during the Galway Days Irish culture celebration at Town Square, Saturday August 13th. The event will be free to the public and there will be music all day, vendors, buskers, a kids activity tent and what I am thinking of as a mini workshop tent. People who are interested or have other ideas for topics or people who might have an interesting topic can contact me, Dawn Berg, directly at dlberg@alaska.edu.

Lunatic Fringe Classes
This is not ANWG or HGA, but it is interesting. Each of these classes is one hour long and available for $20 over Zoom.
https://lunaticfringeyarns.com/product-category/instructions/ workshops-seminars/

Chemo Cap Project by MARJORIE MCLAREN, AWSG Service Projects Committee
So far, 117 hats have been contributed this Guild year toward this long running Guild project to provide soft, easycare knitted or crocheted hats to local hospitals and infusion
centers for cancer patients undergoing treatment. If you saw the picture of Ellen Halseth in last month’s newsletter’s Show& Share, you know what colorful, inventive hats are contributed. And, if you attempted to knit Ellen’s current favorite Bubble Beanie Knit Hat, you can appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into creating each hat! Ellen contributed 71 of the total hats to date – she is amazing! Thank you, Ellen, for all that you do for cancer patients here in Anchorage!

Other large contributors to the project include Bonnie Tisler (she had 11 completed prior to her passing this year) and Marilyn Barker who contributed 22. Several other of our
members have contributed hats and it is not too late to do so! We’d like to make another distribution this Guild year (which ends August 31). Please contact me (Marjorie McLaren 907-250-5489 cell) if you have hats to contribute or need yarn/patterns.

ANWG 2023 Conference
The 2021 ANWG has been canceled and will be re-scheduled for 2023 in Bend, OR. HGA Convergence is now scheduled for 2022 in Knoxville, TN. If you are planning on attending the ANWG 2023 conference, you might consider a detour visiting the Aurora Colony Museum in Oregon.

Their blog is full of good stuff!!



ANWG 2023 Conference
Spotlight Education 2023

Drum roll please. . . .
We have a great lineup of workshops and seminars at next June’s 2023 ANWG Conference in Bend, Oregon. Our schedule includes something for everyone with:

Weavers• 9, 3-day workshops
• 13, 2-day workshops
• 17, 1-day workshops, all happening Mon.-Thurs.
• 44 seminars with in-person instructors on Fri.-Sat.
• 5 virtual seminars to attend in person or by Zoom on Fri.-Sat.

Kudos to our hard-working Education Committee for coordinating this wonderful array of fiber arts learning opportunities. Thanks to our talented instructors who will be participating in this long-awaited conference.

Our Website Administrator, Dan Steves of the Portland Handweavers Guild, has taken this information and made a variety of easy-to-read webpages that display the information in a variety of ways: Workshops and seminars by day and time, subject matter, experience level and by instructor. You can find all this information on the conference website under the top menu “Learn” on every page. Take a look and start planning your conference week activities.

We will be building our registration system over the next 4 months and anticipate online registration will open mid-January for workshops and the conference package. The conference package will include 3 seminars of your choice on Friday and Saturday (including in-person access to the virtual seminars), and admission to our evening events that include:

• Thursday Marketplace Shopping Extravaganza and Opening Reception, sponsored by Heddlecraft® Magazine, our good friend Robyn Spady
• Friday’s Banquet and Keynote Speaker, Jeanne Carver
• Saturday’s grand finale Reception and Fashion Show sponsored by Lunatic Fringe Yarns.

Hotel reservations are now open for our three conference hotels: Riverhouse on the Deschutes, Red Lion, and the Element. Links to individual hotel information and their reservation system is found under the top menu “Places” on every webpage, on the Home page, and on the Location page.

The 2023 Conference Committee is excited to host you, your guild friends, and anyone interested in fiber arts instruction and exhibition next June 11-18, 2023 in Bend, Oregon.

Come join in the fun! Now's the time to plan your trip, book accommodations, and be ready with your first and second choices for all the classes when registration opens in January 2023. See you next June!

ANWG 2023

Join us June 11-18, 2023 at the
Riverhouse Convention Center ~ Bend, Oregon

Other Fiber Activities Around the State:

Alaska has a vibrant and active fiber community. Here is a sampling of events happening around State you may be interested in attending.

Cordova Fiber Arts Guild

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cdvfiber/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Check out their Facebook page to keep current on what members are working on.


Eagle River Spinners
Location: Eagle River Library; Eagle River, AK
Dates: 10 AM, third Saturday of the month
Location: Eagle River Library

The Eagle River Spinners welcome anyone interested in the fiber arts. Please join us at 10 am on the third Saturday of the month at the Eagle River Library. This is an opportunity to not only to spin together, but as an outreach to, and educational tool for, our community.


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