Rabbit Ridge Designs Yarn

Spirit weaving by Zann Carter
Spirit weaving
by Zann Carter


























































































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.

May's Featured Artists
May 3, 2022: Micala Sidore
generously sponsored by Schiffer Craft Publishing

Micala Sidore first studied weaving in 1973, completed her first tapestry in 1979 and, between 1984 and 1987, spent all together 25 months as an intern at La Manufacture National des Gobelins, the French state tapestry studio. Her first solo exhibit of tapestries was in 1984, and in 1987 she established the Hawley Street Tapestry Studio. In 1989 she published her first article for the German quarterly Textilforum and since then has written over 45 articles. Micala has given talks on tapestry and fiber art in 11 countries. In 1991 she began the series called "Black + White + Red All Over", and in 1998 showed them first in Poland (when there were 19). There are now 68. In 2014 she curated a traveling exhibition called "The Art is the Cloth", and in 2020 Schiffer Books published her book of the same name.

May 10, 2022: Rabbit Goody
generously sponsored by Heddlecraft

Rabbit Goody knew how to weave from the very beginning, as if from some past life, or like someone who can pick up a musical instrument and play without thinking about it. She started weaving when she was in her late teens, without any real instruction, but it came very naturally to her. Her curiosity and interest in hand and early power technology was something that she developed throughout high school and college. The understanding of process – how things come into being – is the guiding question in all her work. After working for many years at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY as the head of Domestic Arts and as Assistant Curator for Textiles, she established the mill which has been producing fabrics for over 26 years. She has spent a great deal of time studying historic textiles in museum collections because being a curator has given her access to many, many collections. She has studied weavers’ draft books and has learned to read the weavers’ recipes and receipts from the past so that she can recreate textiles that have not been seen for hundreds of years. In addition to historic patterns, she designs very modern textiles that look as if they were hand woven but are in fact woven on our power looms.

May 17, 2022: Abraham Buddish
generously sponsored by Suanne Pasquarella, supporting weavers of the future

Abraham Buddish is a fiber artist, craftsman, and professional Textile Designer. He began his fiber journey at age eight after receiving an Angora goat. His fascination with fiber, animals, and textile techniques flourished throughout his childhood and he found community in the Weavers Guild of Greater Kansas City. Abraham received a BFA in Crafts with an emphasis in Fiber and Textile Design from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. Abraham works for Brentano inc. (upholstery, drapery, & wallcovering) in Wheeling, IL and with help from his parents maintains a herd of fiber goats and sheep in Kansas. His artwork often explores the many qualities related to the human experience and aims to portray narratives involving the physical and spiritual being. He has had the privilege to showcase his artwork on the national and international levels.

May 24, 2022: David Heustess
generously sponsored by Crafty Housewife Yarns

David Heustess is an artist and arts educator in Nashville, TN, and his work makes use of clay, fiber arts, and beadwork. After many years of working as a modern dancer/teacher, David began pursuing his interest in pottery and other art mediums. He attended the Appalachian Center for Crafts and in 1995 he earned a BFA degree with studio concentrations in clay and fiber arts. Currently, David directs a gallery space and a community arts education program (Sarratt Art Studios) at Vanderbilt University. Fall 2021 will mark David’s 25th year of working for Vanderbilt. His passion for teaching and his love for making artwork has allowed him the opportunity to share a variety of mediums with students from all parts of the Nashville community. David is treasurer/membership director for the Handweavers Guild of Nashville and the Director of Exhibitions for the American Tapestry Alliance.

May 31, 2022: Mary Berry
generously sponsored by Spokane Handweavers Guild

Mary Berry is the Owner and Resident Teacher at the Fancy Fibers Fiber Arts Center in northeast Texas. Formerly a middle school teacher, she now teaches weaving, spinning, dyeing, rug hooking, and rug punch in her own shop and at fiber festivals nationwide. Her Fiber Arts Center sells supplies and equipment for the crafts she teaches, as well as spinning fiber from the Shetland sheep, Angora goats and Suri alpacas that she raised for 12 years. For Mary, every day is an opportunity to create something beautiful.

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.

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

Join Lily Hope, a Ravenstail Weaver from Juneau Alaska at AWSG April meeting
Please join us for a special program provided by Lily Hope, a Ravenstail Weaver from Juneau Alaska. The Fairbanks Guild will be joining us via zoom to enjoy this presentation. You will not want to miss this! Note the Zoom connection is unique for this month's program. Lily Hope


Lily Hope (b. 1980) was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska to full-time artists. She is Tlingit Indian, of the Raven moiety. Following her matrilineal line, she’s of her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan.

She learned Ravenstail weaving from her late mother Clarissa Rizal, and Kay Parker, both of Juneau. She also apprenticed for over a decade in Chilkat weaving with Rizal who, until her untimely passing in December 2016, was one of the last living apprentices of the late Master Chilkat Weaver, Jennie Thlanaut. Lily feels the pressure to leave honorable weavers in her place. She is president and co-founder of www.spirituprising.com, a non-profit dedicated to maintaining, recording, and teaching weaving with integrity.

Topic: AWSG April Meeting with Fbx Guild - Lily Hope Ravens Tail Weaving
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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.

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

Needle Felting by Pam Clifton

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

Study Groups

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague - Meets Monthly 3rd Thursday from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Band Weaving SampleThe band weaving group working on a weave-along from the book “Oseberg 34D” by Bente Skogsaas. Lorri Wright is giving expert guidance on how to make one of these beautiful historical bands. Come join us as we learn more about the tablet weavings that have been excavated from the Oseberg burial site in Norway.For more info: https://skogsaas.wordpress.com/

Nov 18, 2021 06:00 PM
Dec 16, 2021 06:00 PM
Jan 20, 2022 06:00 PM
Feb 17, 2022 06:00 PM
Mar 17, 2022 06:00 PM
Apr 21, 2022 06:00 PM

Zoom info is included in the AWSG monthly newsletter.  If you misplaced your newsletter, send email to: Memberatlarge@anchorageweavespin.org

We created a (closed) Facebook group titled “AWSG Bandweaving Study Group”. Please join us if you are interested. Just search for the group name on Facebook and request to join.

Tessellations -Led by Sarah Robicheaux - Meets Monthly 1st Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Tessellation - an interlocking design that repeats perfectly across a surface. We are currently on chapter 7 of the book, Designing Tessellations: The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns by Jinny Beyer. ISBN 0-8092-2866-1. We will try different exercises in the chapters, a new chapter each month. Feel free to call (338-8516) or email Sarah. if you have questions on joining email Sarah..

The groups meets the 1st Wed each month at 7pm via zoom.
Zoom info is included in the AWSG monthly newsletter.  If you misplaced your newsletter, please send an email to us.

Churanunu - Led by Scharine Kirchoff - Meets 4th Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
You are welcome to join us for the monthly Churanunu (Chura-nu-nu) Weaving Study Group meeting. Please email Scharine Kirchoff to find out more about the next meeting and confirm your attendance at the meeting.

Put this on your calendar! 5th Annual K’esugi Ken Camping Trip • July 28 – Aug 1
We have had such wonderful gatherings at the K’esugi Ken Campground near Talkeetna. You can reserve 80% of the sites NOW. These sites book fast. We can share sites and guild members at the site can attempt to reserve the 20% that are in-person reservations only. Book your summer fun now: https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/kesugi-ken-camp-ground/AK/1181700/overview

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.

ANWG 2023

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

mannequinGarment Makers Study Group
by Anne Brooks
Even in these days of self-isolation, we can find interesting information on the internet and share this via Zoom, individual calls and on the AWSG Facebook page. I’ve found some links and groups that may be of interest: Sewing for Weavers group on Facebook, AWSG Saori Weavers,8-Shaft Weaving and Inspirations Magazine.

I am hoping those who are interested will consider making your own fitting muslin this summer. There are a wealth of resources on the Internet including YouTube videos, online courses and other how-tos. We could all find a particular course, or take different ones and critique the differences. If you are interested in a summer project, want to join the group or just want an update, give Anne a call at 907-242-6405.

2020 AWSG Challenge

Guild Challenge – Plan a Fashion Favorite
The guild challenge is intended to encourage and enable people to plan out a garment or accessory that will be a favorite item, one that you really enjoy wearing and can wear often. While you are welcome to plan anything you desire, we were hoping to enable you to make a garment that is both useful and special.

To facilitate this, we have an ongoing study group. Topics are far ranging and open to input and include so far: color, what shape looks best on your body shape and texture and drape.

The April challenge is not to complete this garment, but to work on your design. You can start anywhere. Duplicate a favorite garment shape or color. Fall in love with a weaving pattern then plan the colors and yardage. Spin fiber for a sweater with warmth in mind. For inspiration here is a link to Kate Larson’s short article about the notes she keeps as she creates a new project:

We created a (closed) Facebook group titled “AWSG Bandweaving Study Group”. Please join us if you are interested. Just search for the group name on Facebook and request to join.

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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