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.

Next AWSG Monthly Meeting - February 11, 2023 - 10AM

braids Workshop

BEAUTIFUL BRAIDS WORKSHOP - January 28, 2023 11-3 PM

How many braids have you loved the colors of?
Bought and have in your stash just waiting to made into a project?
Wonder what they would look like as yarn but too timid to try?

Then this is the class for you!!!!

Event: Beautiful Braids Workshop
Date and Time: Saturday January 28, 2023 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Turkey Red banquet room
     550 S Alaska St in Palmer, AK
Instructor: Laurie Sitkiewicz
Sponsor: Valley Fiber Arts Guild
Register: http://valley-fiber-arts-guild.ticketleap.com/beautiful-braids/
Cost: $65.00
Description: In this class you will learn about braids, what to do with them and how to look at them. Explore how braid colors interact and how that can translate through the spinning process into fabulous yarn. Learn different techniques and spinning styles to use when working with braids to keep the beauty from braid to ball. Learn ways to use 1 braid to complete a project.
You will need to bring: Working spinning wheel, 3-4 bobbins, lazy kate, niddy noddy, hand cards, and note taking materials. If you don't have some of these supplies other than a spinning wheel, there will be extra available for your use.
The instructor will be providing fiber, but you are welcome to bring a braid to work with if you desire.
For questions contact Workshop Coordinator Natalie by retreatdiva@gmail.com or call 907-312-3107.

Creative Weaving Event 1/28 or 01/29 at the Anchorage Museum CoLab
Creative Weaving EventPlease share this with anyone that you think might be interested. All materials and instructions are provided. The last time we taught the class, we had a wide age range and a diverse group of participants. It was a lot of fun!

Express your creativity with weaving. You provide the imagination; we provide the tools. Skilled weavers guide participants in this beginner workshop. There will be a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from to weave your fabric. At the session's end, you will take home your woven creation. Space is limited; registration required. $60, $55 for museum members.

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
In-Person Event

EventDetails - Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. In-Person Event
EventDetails - Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Winterfest 2023
Classes offered include:- two days of virtual fiber arts seminars, will be held on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 on the same Lessonfaceplatform as last year.

Vesterhein Bandweaving

  • Introduction to Double-knitting - Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • Twisted Together: Crepe, Cables and the Endless Possibilities of Layered Plying - Esther Rodgers
  • Straight Up: Spinning Vertically Dyed Braids - Jillian Moreno
  • The Pros and Cons of Predrafting - Maggie Casey
  • Needle Felted Fox - Kristen Walsh
  • Two-pattern Double-knitting - Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • The Long and the Short of It - 6 Ways to Spin Locks - Esther Rodgers
  • Introduction to Cables - Kira Dulaney
  • Fluffing your Braids: Making Worsted Braids Woolen - Jillian Moreno
  • Needle Felted Winter Landscape - Kristen Walsh
  • Twist, Grist, and Wraps per Inch - Maggie Casey
  • Slip-Stitch Mosaic Knitting - Kira Dulaney
  • Drafting Together: Working on a Parallel Plane - Jillian Moreno
  • Finishing Your Yarn - Maggie Casey
  • Advanced Beginner Double-knitting - Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • Sculptural Corespinning: Not Your Traditional Spinning! - Esther Rodgers
  • Introduction to Entrelac - Kira Dulaney
  • Color Value and Choosing Braids That Work Together - Jillian Moreno
  • Needle Felted Owl - Kristen Walsh
  • Hand Cards, Not Just for Rolags - Maggie Casey
  • Texture in Double-knitting - Alasdair Post-Quinn
  • Color Blending: Unlocking the Spectrum - Esther Rodgers
  • Gauge and Blocking - Kira Dulaney

Registration opens Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm ET at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Complete class descriptions will be available on Lessonface at that time.


Online and at your own pace by Karen Williams

  • https://classes.warpandweave.com/ Tien Chui is a weaver who specializes in color theory. She offers several classes, both pre-recorded and live.
  • https://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com/ This is a monthly/yearly subscription. For one price you get access to their whole catalog that has many spinning and weaving classes in addition: knitting, crochet, dyeing, felting
    and color theory
  • https://janestaffordtextiles.com/school-of-weaving/ This is a yearly subscription course. There is an amazing amount of weaving content. AWSG members have taken these courses and given them high reviews
  • https://heddlecraft.com/on-line-weaving-education.html Heddlecraft has a listing of other weaving online courses.
  • https://rebeccamezoff.com/online-learning Rebecca has a great online course for tapestry weavin
  • https://www.alannawilcox.com/online-workshops Alanna has a broad choice of spinning and dyeing classes.

    The guild has a scholarship program that can be used for virtual classes. There is no financial need requirement. We only ask that you give back to the guild in some way, like leading a study group, writing an article or teaching a class. The scholarship committee will work with you to find a perfect match between your skill/time and the guild’s needs.

Virtual Opportunities by Karen Williams
The textile related virtual class opportunities have greatly expanded. Here is a sampling of the options: Annual, soon and great prices
• Holiday Crafts Summit 2022, Nov 14th to Nov 18th
Free with registration. All classes live and the recordings are available for 24hrs. If you want longer access, you need to pay for them.


Live and interactive by Karen Williams
https://lunaticfringeyarns.com/product-category/instructions/workshops-seminars/ Offers a variety of classes, from single project “weave a-longs” to special guest instructors.
https://store.vesterheim.org/collections/fiber-arts-folk-art-courses An intriguing variety, ever changing of Nordic traditional textile crafts, including a free class “Viking Era Clothing    And Jewelry” on Nov 19th and a recording of their most recent class “Symbols In Bandweaving: The Emojis Of Traditional Handcraft”.
https://kakawdesigns.com/collections/online-classes Guatemalan weaving, dyeing and embroidery classes

Solar Dyeing your own Handspun with Deborah Gray

Solar Dyeing with Deborah GrayDeborah Gray is a textile artist based in Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland. Her recent work examines the links between land(scape), the natural materials (fibre, plants) which grow there, and the work created from those materials which reflects elements of the land(scape). Completed projects can be seen at www.deborahgraytextiles.co.uk/projects. She is currently working on a community artwork using wool fabrics and yarns which she has dyed with the 18 trees associated with the Gaelic alphabet.

Deborah works mainly with wool, and has taught hand spinning, natural dyeing and knitting techniques for over 40 years, including workshops in Scotland, Italy, Iceland and Greenland and 10 consecutive years as guest tutor at Shetland Wool Week.

She has been Artist-in-Residence at The Icelandic Textile Centre, Blönduós, NorthWest Iceland in 2018, 2019 and 2021. She was Lead Practitioner for the Eco Creative Cluster dye garden project at The Rockfield Centre, Oban, developing a dye garden and programme of natural dyeing workshops while building a network of local and international practitioners focusing on the use of natural dyes and related practices. She is a collaborator in Wool in the North, a project seeking to address the waste of wool around the North Atlantic by developing sustainable wool-based tourism and other initiatives.

Solar Dyeing Workshop Notes

Eagle River Library Spinning
Spinning at the library as a community outreach, to introduce our community to spinning with both spinning wheels and drop spindles. The library advertises this event for us, and consequently, it is important that someone show up each time. Additionally, the library, as part of their publicity, will advertise that if someone is interested in trying to spin on a wheel, they may contact the library in advance. The librarian then reaches out to us so that we can have someone bring an extra wheel and fiber. If you have an extra wheel and fiber that you would bring, or are willing to let someone try spinning on your wheel, please let me know. Contact Sherry Rogers at (907) 694-3319 for more info.

While it is a library, the old rule of complete silence is no more, however, they would like us to keep it to a conversational level of speaking, as there are those who are studying. Sorry, no whooping it up...

Generally speaking, we will spin on the 3rd Saturday of the month, with the exception of Jan and Feb, when it will depend on the library's holiday closure schedule. (Often they are closed on the 3rd Saturday because of MLK Day and President's Day. This Feb, we will spin on the 4th Saturday.) Also, we will NOT spin during the summer (June-Aug), nor will we spin in Dec.

Library Spinning will be advertised as spinning from 10 AM to 12 noon, HOWEVER, if you can't come until 11 AM, that's just fine. Everyone is welcome to stay longer than 12 noon, if they would like.

Here is the schedule for 2023:

  • Feb 25
  • Mar 18
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • Sept 16
  • Oct 21
  • Nov 18

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.

November 1, 2022: Tabitha Arnold
South Coast Weavers and Spinners Guild in honor of the life of Eva McCracken

Tabitha Arnold
Tabitha Arnold makes labor-intensive art. She studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, then transitioned into weaving and punch needle embroidery. Her meticulous, tactile tapestries speak to the radical past and ongoing struggle that threads all working people together. She’s inspired by the history of the labor movement, as well as her own direct experiences as a worker, organizer and artist coming of age during a wave of unionization and class-consciousness. Arnold’s textiles were recently featured in Jacobin Magazine, Hyperallergic, and on this year's issue covers of Dissent Magazine. She has completed residencies at Glen Foerd, Philadelphia and Cortex Frontal, Arraiolos, Portugal. In 2022, Arnold was selected for the American Craft Council's Emerging Artist Cohort. She now lives and works in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Register for Tabitha Arnold


November 8, 2022: Donna Foley Brush
generously sponsored by Southwest Women's Fiber Art Collective

Donna Foley BrushDonna Foley Brush is a weaver, dyer and, for many years, a shepherd. Although she began her career working in the woods on a Forest Ecology project, a weaving class at a local college changed her trajectory. Continuing with her passion for working with plants, she embarked on a self-study of native dye plants. To get all the nuance and beauty of the natural dyes on her fiber she experimented with different breeds of sheep wool. Once she worked with Lincoln Longwool fiber, she knew she had found her breed. She raised registered Lincoln sheep for more than twenty-five years and the custom-spun yarn from their wool, along with natural dyes, are the foundation of her main work – weaving contemporary Southwest tapestries. She did contract weaving of rayon chenille scarves for Frittelli & Lockwood Textiles where she learned valuable tips on being a production weaver. Donna enjoys passing on her absolute passion for weaving and dyeing to her students, both young and old. For many years she ran the weaving studio at Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY. She also created a Fiber Arts curriculum for Paul Smiths College and she has taught at various conferences throughout the U.S. including the Intermountain Weaving Conference and Convergence®. She exhibits her work at art shows throughout the Southwest as well as at Wild West Weaving Gallery in Silver City, New Mexico.

Register for Donna Foley Brush

November 15, 2022: Annie MacHale
generously sponsored by Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild

Annie MacHale
Annie MacHale, at the age of seventeen, first discovered the inkle loom, sparking a lifelong love affair. She built her first loom in 1976 with the help of her dad and a library book. Since then, she’s woven miles of bands including over 1,100 guitar straps. She loves to play with color and pattern and finds the inkle loom a very satisfying way to do this. She credits inkle weaving with bringing her many blessings in her life including a very excellent husband and an invitation to the White House. Annie is known to many through her blog, ASpinnerWeaver.com. The popularity of her patterns shared there has led to the 2019 publication of a book, In Celebration of Plain Weave: Color and Design Inspiration for Inkle Weavers. This was followed by another book in 2021, Three-Color Pickup for Inkle Weavers: A Modern Look at an Ancient Baltic-Style Technique in which she shares a rare, older Lithuanian technique which has fallen out of use. You can find her around the world wide web and on social media as ASpinnerWeaver, a name she comes by naturally, being born to Louie and Nancy Spinner. She has tried spinning yarn, but never really took to it.

Register for Annie MacHale

November 22, 2022: Samantha Bittman
generously sponsored by Myrna Lindstrom

Samantha Bittman
Samantha Bittman is an artist and educator based in Woodstock, NY. In her practice, she works with hand-weaving to generate pattered painting supports, wallpapers, and sculptural installations. She has taught courses in weaving for over ten years at various institutions such as Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tyler School of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kent State University, and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. Her teaching focuses on a strong foundation of the workings of the loom, weave structures, and drafting, with the goal of supporting individual direction whether it be in design, art, and/or craft. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and has participated in residency programs at the Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Ox-Bow School of Art. In 2012, she received the Artadia Award. Recent solo exhibitions include, Ronchini, London, UK; Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, IL; Morgan Lehman, NY, NY; and Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions including David Castillo, Miami, FL; Shane Campbell, Chicago, IL; and Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, IL. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Wall Street International, and The Washington Post, amongst others.

Register for Samantha Bittman

November 29, 2022: Sheila Hicks
generously sponsored by Weavers Guild of St. Louis in memory of Dorothy Haddock

Sheila Hicks
Sheila Hicks received BFA and MFA degrees from the Yale School of Art under the tutelage of Josef Albers. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to paint in Chile, she photographed indigenous weavers and archeological sites in the Andes beginning an investigation into fiber as an artistic medium that Hicks continues to this day. Sheila Hicks’ earliest weaving exhibitions took place in the Galeria Antonio Souza, Mexico City (1961) and The Art Institute of Chicago (1963). Numerous solo exhibitions followed: Galerie Bab Rouah, Rabat, Morocco (1971); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1974); Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (1978); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1980); Seoul Art Center (1991); and Uměleckoprůmyslové Museum, Prague (1992). A major retrospective, Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, debuted at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts (2010) and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recent solo presentations include the exhibitions at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Chile (2019); The Bass, Miami Beach, FL (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2018); Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2017); and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (2016). She also participates in numerous group and international perennial exhibitions, most Crafting America at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR (2021). Hicks has created monumental site-specific works for the Ford Foundation Headquarters and Federal Courthouse in New York; The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, North Carolina; King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey amongst others. Hicks’ work is in the permanent collections of Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Hicks is the recipient of numerous awards including the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal (2010). She was named a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 1987, and elevated to Officier in 1993. Additionally, she holds Honorary Doctorates from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris (2014) and the Rhode Island School of Design (1984). Sheila Hicks has resided and worked in Paris since 1964.

Register for Sheila Hicks

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.

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:

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.
We welcome your participation in the Churanunu (Chu-ra-nu-nu) weaving study group. Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 11:00 am. We will continue to explore our third project, Stitching!, through the Fall. Please contact Scharine Kirchoff at RyukyuHeritageTextiles@gmail.com for details.

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague - Currently not meeting
The AWSG band weaving study group is meeting on Thursday, November 17thThursday, 17th (the third Thursday of the month - 6:00 pm) via Zoom. We have decided to continue to meet via zoom, but may schedule selected meetings in person.

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 Projectby Marjorie McLaren, AWSG Service Projects Committee
So far, 40 hats have been contributed this year toward the long running Guild project to provide soft, easy-care knitted or crocheted hats to local hospitals and infusion centers for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

We routinely make distributions to various cancer treatment centers in Anchorage.
Please contact 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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