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.

HGA Activities in November:
Note that AWSG is a member of HGA, so you all have the ability to attend these virtual events. Instructions are provided in their links and on their website.

Textiles & Tea
The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.'s (HGA) exciting new program for 2021, 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.

HGA November's Featured Artists

November 9, 2021: Deann Rubin
generously sponsored by Greener Shades 


Deann Rubin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Later, she received two-year certificates in computer graphics and illustration from Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Known as a fiber artist, Deann has exhibited her handwoven tapestries nationally and internationally, including Russia, Australia, and Canada. Deann was the editor of the ITNET Journal, an international tapestry organization and past president of both Tapestry Weavers West, a San Francisco Bay area tapestry artists association, and Missouri Fiber Artists, a statewide fiber organization. 

November 16, 2021: Alanna Wilcox
generously sponsored by Greener Shades


Alanna Wilcox is an art teacher by day and a fiber artist by night. She loves sharing her passion with others and is constantly making things, especially projects that have to do with color and fiber to express her creativity. She earned the OHS Spinning Certificate with distinction in 2015 and the Master Spinner Certificate in 2017. She is the author of the spinning book A New Spin on Color and developed dye formulas to match digital images and colors. She is currently working on a book explaining her dye methodology which will be released later this year. Working with fiber is something that she lives and breathes, sometimes literally.

November 23, 2021: Kim Winter
generously sponsored by Greener Shades


Kim Winter is a fiber artist based in London, UK. A late starter as far as textiles are concerned, she spent 25 years in journalism before becoming engrossed by color and texture at evening classes in experimental textiles. Her first foray into the fiber world was through felting and natural dyeing, selling clothes from charity shops that she had upcycled by eco-printing or overdyeing with indigo using Shibori techniques. More recently she has become interested in 3D form, and she is currently on a two-year creative basketry course, where she has already won an award for her coiling.

November 30, 2021: Char Norman
generously sponsored by Weavers Guild of St. Louis in Memory of Laura Blumenfeld


Char Norman is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. She received a Master of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Art from Scripps College. She has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She has developed and conducted workshops for all ages, worked as a consultant to area schools and community arts organizations, and served as a trustee for Greater Columbus Arts Council. Char held the positions of Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty at Columbus College of Art & Design and has now returned to the studio as a full-time professional artist.

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.

NEW! 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. Formerly held at the Senior Center, the gathering will now be 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

A Mask Ordinance has been enacted in the Anchorage area. The requirements are that "All individuals must wear masks or face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are indoors in areas which are open to the public or which are communal spaces shared with other individuals not from one's household." In order to comply with the ordinance, please wear a mask while at the Make it Gathering this Saturday

Needle Felting by Pam Clifton

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

2021/2022 Guild Year Fashion Show by Lorri Wright
We are still planning to have a Fashion Show in the upcoming year - but it will be virtual! We will schedule members to model their clothes at different times and film each outfit. The individual video clips will be compiled with a voice over to describe each of the outfits. This combined film will be shown at various locations, including our guild website. Farrah Weinert will coordinate the effort and will be requesting volunteers in the near future. The first task is to find out how many will have an outfit ready to model – dates yet to be determined. A Survey Monkey will arrive in your e-mail soon asking if you will have a garment ready, or near ready. This will determine the next steps and timeline. It would be wonderful to see a big turnout for this endeavor.

Study Groups

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague - Meets Monthly 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Band Weaving SampleWe are working on the Oseberg 34D project. I will demonstrate how to start. 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.

SAORI Weaving - Led by Farrah Weinert - Meets Monthly 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Join this active group in monthly challenges exploring Saori weaving.
Meeting ID: 811 4343 0380   Passcode: AWSGsaori

Tessellations - Led by Sarah Robicheaux - What is a tessellation? It’s an interlocking design that repeats perfectly across a surface.We are a stress-free group, enjoying our new discoveries using the 17 2-dimensional symmetry groups.

Groups have restarted the 2nd Wed each month at 6:30pm via zoom. 
Zoom info is included in the AWSG monthly newsletter.  If you misplaced your newsletter, please send an email to Memberatlarge@anchorageweavespin.org

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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