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.

Make it Gathering this Saturday! July 16th 10am to 2pm
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.

August's Featured Artists
August 2, 2022: Concepcion Tharin
generously sponsored by Rebekah Jones

Concipcion Tharin

Concepcion Poou Coy Tharin learned the traditional back-strap weaving style of pik'bil, a fine gauze-like cotton weave, when she was eight years old and growing up in the village of Samac, Guatemala. Traditional back-strap weaving is one of the few sources of income for the women of her village, though each blouse takes a month to weave. Concepcion sold weavings to fund her education and represented the women weavers of her village as they sold their products throughout their country. Now known as a master back-strap weaver, Concepcion currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and teaches weaving throughout Pinellas County.

Register for Concepcion Tharin

August 9, 2022: Allie Dudley
generously sponsored by Weavers' Guild of St. Louis, in Memory of Dorothy Haddock

Allie Dudley

Allie Dudley is a textile artist, working within multiple traditional Appalachian handweaving styles. She first learned to weave as a college student and, since moving to Western North Carolina, has joined a community of weavers from whom she continues to learn. Allie weaves tapestries on a frame loom built out of galvanized plumbing pipe. Allie also weaves historical overshot drafts, or weaving patterns, on a counterbalance loom, a type of floor loom that was the primary tool for Appalachian weavers prior to the twentieth century. As the Resident Artist in Weaving at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, Allie manages the Folk School’s weaving studio and assists with teaching classes in tapestry and needlework. Allie’s work also appeared in the 2021 exhibition, Pulling the Thread: A Brief Survey of Appalachian Textiles, at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Clayton, Georgia, alongside the work of their mentors, Tommye Scanlin and 2020 In These Mountains Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowship recipient Susan Leveille. “In short,” Allie says, “the history of weaving is the history of humanity, as well as its future; losing the knowledge of handweaving would mean losing a part of our human selves.”

Register for Allie Dudley

August 16, 2022: Rebecca Winter
generously sponsored by Schiffer Craft Publishing

Rebecca Winter

Rebecca Winter is an accomplished Quilt Artist, Doll Maker, and Seamstress, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boise State University. Her works have been displayed in various shows, including a doll she made of 100% handwoven fabric that placed first place in the nationwide, "Handmaiden Doll Contest.” Rebecca’s work has appeared in six Weaver’s issues and her quilts have been featured in Patchwork Quilts. Rebecca is a Master Weaver, awarded by the Handweaver’s Guild of America. She is the 51st person to receive this honor worldwide. Over the years, Rebecca has worked as a nurse in several Idaho hospitals, and, at times, all her creative force has been channeled completely into those endeavors. However, recently, her focus has shifted back to the pursuit of fiber arts.

Register for Rebecca Winter

August 23, 2022: Gasali Adeyemo

generously sponsored by Contemporary Handweavers of Houston

Gasali Adeyemo
Gasali Adeyemo was born in the small rural village of Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. From a very young age, he realized his artistic potential and would attend social gatherings such as weddings, naming, and burial ceremonies, as well as other cultural parties offering to sketch portraits of the guests for a small donation. He discovered the Nike Center for Arts and Culture in 1990, where he remained for a total of six years. The first two years were spent mastering batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, and batik painting on rice paper with the following four years spent teaching these skills to incoming students. In 1995, Gasali’s artwork was exhibited in Bayreuth, Germany alongside the work of five other artists from Nigeria launching his career. In 1996, the opportunity arose for him to travel outside of Nigeria for the first time when he was invited to come to the University of Iowa to do a series of exhibitions and workshops. Once there, the Octagon Gallery in Ames, Iowa took notice of his work and offered to exhibit it and he was also invited to work with a group of teenagers doing storytelling and art workshops to share with them the traditions of his own Yoruba culture. He has recently taught workshops at the World Batik Conference, Cross Culture Collaborative Inc., Snow Farm, and the Fiber Arts Center. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Register for Gasali Adeyemo

August 30, 2022: Kathie Roig
generously sponsored by Harriett Ringold

Kathie Roig

As a weaver, Kathie Roig expresses herself through her handwoven cloth. Weaving is a series of steps, a process that is methodical and meditative, contemplative, rhythmic, and solitary. Her work is functional, such as placemats or baby blankets, and it is expressive, as she creates weavings that reflect her life in time and place. Her story is told through her handwoven cloth. Kathie has lived in various towns and cities in North Carolina and Ohio. In 2015, she moved to Charlotte where she works from her home studio as well as a shared workspace alongside other artists and makers.

Register for Kathie Roig

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.

The fair is on – August 19th through September 5, 2022. Get those entries ready!!!
Volunteers needed to judge, demonstrate or for exhibit assistance at the fair. Signup Genius
AWSG members can drop entries with the Fiber Entry Form filled out (Fiber Entry Information Form). Sarah and Anne will have Fair tags to fill out when you drop off your entry.
List of Fiber Entry Divisions

Anchorage drop off information:
Anne Brooks at 1704 Rogers Park Court, between 8 am and 2 pm on Wednesday, August 3rd
Sarah Robicheaux at 5376 E 41st Ave, between 2 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday, August 3rd

Or call and make arrangements for a time that works better for you. Sarah and Anne will assist members by dropping off and picking up entries at the fair. If you have questions, or to set up a drop off time, contact Anne Brooks at 907-242-6405 or Sarah Robicheaux at 907-338-8516.

Fair Demos will be happening as well. More details and scheduling via SignUp Genius will follow.
General Schedule:
Exhibit Entry – Irwin Building:
    Friday, August 5, 11 am – 7 pm
    Saturday, August 6, 11 am – 7 pm
Exhibit Pick Up:
    Tuesday, September 6, 1 pm – 6 pm (Irwin Bldg)
    Saturday, September 10, 1 pm – 6 pm (Hoskins Bldg)

Any project completed in the last year is eligible for entry.
Weblink for Fiber and Fleece 2022 entry information and general information:

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.

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

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/

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

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

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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