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The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the fiber arts in Alaska. The guild seeks to promote the exhibition of fiber arts and to inform its members and the public through lectures, workshops and craft demonstrations.

We hold monthly meetings from September through May, often featuring a guest speaker. at 10:00 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the First Congregational Christian Church, 2610 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508. Entrance and parking on the lower, east side parking area only. Other Guild activities include beginning weaving and spinning classes, workshops led by professional instructors, demonstration of weaving and spinning at local events, participation in the Alaska State Fair, and fiber retreats.

BEAUTIFUL BRAIDS WORKSHOP- January 28, 2023

Braids Workshop
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 timid to try?

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 Email Natalie or call 907-312-3107.

Weaving patterned bands using the double slotted heddle - March 4, 2023

Weaving Patterned Bands

One Day Workshop: Saturday March 4, 2023 10:00 – 4:00
Tutor: Lorri (Haugan) Wright

Image from class taught by Susan Foulkes at the 2016 Braids Conference in Tacoma, WA
Link for registration: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E44AEAC2BA1FC1-weaving

Learn the technique for weaving a Sami band using a double slotted heddle. This is the same technique that is used to weave other Norwegian bands used on Bunad’s in various regions of Norway.

Students will weave a sample band in class using the Sunna double slotted heddle and the Sami Gehpa shuttle. All materials for the class are provided. Each student will take home a Sunna Heddle, Gehpa Shuttle, Woven band, Band lock, Warp Lasso and instructions.

The class will start with each student weaving their band using the prepared heddle. The Sunna heddles will be managed with a rigid heddle loom for classroom use only. The end of the class will include a demonstration of preparing the loom for weaving in the future.

This technique can be used to earn a Cultural Skills pin in Weaving. An overview of the Cultural Skills pin will be provided in class along with an example of the paperwork to complete.

The class assumes the student has no prior knowledge of weaving. The goal is that each student will gain a new understanding of the technique used in some of the bands of Norway and will have confidence to weave one of the many beautiful patterns!

Class Fee –$68 USD
Maximum No. of Participants – 10
Date: Saturday 03/04/2023
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge, Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood St, Anchorage, AK 99518
Payment: $68 will be required at registration which can be paid on-line via PayPal to awsgworkshop@gmail.com - (reference Sami Bandweaving) 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. Last day of cancellation without forfeiture is February 25, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, lorrihome@live.com.

Beginning Weaving Classes March 5, 12, 19, 2023
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-beginning3#/

The beginning weaving classes are available for anyone who would like to take them - even non members. AWSG has looms available for rental at $25 per month for members only. If the student will need to rent a loom, they would need to become a member. The cost for membership this year is $35. These classes are intended to be small groups so that the instructor will be able to give individual attention to each of the students. We will need 4 students signed up or the class series will be cancelled.

Barbara Keller of Barbara Unlimited will teach the beginning weaving class series. The class series will cover the basics of weaving a project and assumes students have no prior knowledge of weaving. It will include calculating the quantity of yarn needed, how to warp the loom, how to weave, and finishing techniques. At the end of the class, students will have completed a sampler and will have gained an understanding of how to plan and weave a project on their own. These classes are suitable for high school students through adults.

Students will bring a 4-shaft loom and weaving equipment to the class. AWSG has looms available for rental for members if arranged in advance of the class. Yarn and instructions will be supplied by the instructor and are included in the class fee.

The class series will consist of 3 days of instruction, taking place on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.
Dates: Sunday 3/5/2023, 3/12/2023, 3/19/2023. Return of Rental Looms to be coordinated with the rental coordinator.
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm each Sunday
Location: Mt. Vernon Commons House, 3301 Commons Circle, Anchorage, AK 99503 (This is on the north side of West 34th between C Street and Arctic.)
Class Fee (per series): $295 will be required at registration which can be paid on-line through PayPal to awsgworkshop@gmail.com (see steps below):

1. Login to your PayPal account
2. Click the "Paid and Get Paid" tab in the ribbon near the top
3. Select "Send Money" under the Make Payments column
4. Type "awsgworkshop@gmail.com" in the field
5. Click Next and continue to follow the instructions
      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 one week before the class begins, this class will be cancelled, and all money paid will be refunded.

 

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

Introduction to Ryukyu Kasuri Ikat Weaving (Shifted Weft) (3 Days) February 18-20, 2023

IkatRyukyu Kasuri (ikat) handweaving has been practiced in the tropical islands of Okinawa, Japan since the 14th century. In Okinawa, the unique motif designs of Ryukyu kasuri differ from the kasuri ikat designs produced in mainland Japan to the north. This workshop is an introduction to the kasuri practice with a focus on the Ryukyu processes and designs used to create variations of hand-tied, hand-dyed, and handwoven shifted weft kasuri.

Day 1 – Participants will begin day 1 with pre-warped looms. We will learn to: measure and wind weft skeins; resist-tie weft skeins; and, hand-dye our skeins in Ryukyu indigo. Our session will include a slide presentation covering an introduction to Ryukyu kasuri production processes and designs. Our weft skeins will dry overnight in preparation for day 2 activities.

Days 2 – With our hand-dyed weft skeins, we will sample different methods of handweaving weft kasuri motifs. With the experience we have gained on days 1 and 2, we will learn to plan and design a short length of weft kasuri fabric, and resist-tie and hand-dye additional weft skeins. Our session will include a slide presentation on Ryukyu kasuri and other ikat designs.

Day 3 - We will reconvene as a group to continue our work started on day 2 and weave our planned piece. We will have a discussion on variations of weft kasuri methods including freeform ikat, and Sakiori rag weaving. Participants will share our samples and designs amongst the workshop attendees, and there will be many exciting take away learnings.

Level - Must have basic weaving skills
Loom - 4 shaft floor loom or Saori loom, If a student has their own loom, pre-warped, a separate category is available with a discount of $13.
Fee – 3 Days $300 USD
Recommended Maximum No. of Participants – 14
Date: Saturday – Monday 02/18 – 02/20/23
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Mt. Vernon Commons, 3322 Mt. Vernon Commons Circle, Anchorage, AK (located on the northside of West 34th between C Street and Arctic)
Class Fee: $300 will be required at registration which can be paid on-line via PayPal to awsgworkshop@gmail.com 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.

We request that participants have a negative COVID test prior to attending the class. If evidence of a positive test is provided 24 hours in advance, a full refund will be provided for the participant who must cancel.

If the minimum number of registrants is not received by February 3rd, 2023, this class will be cancelled, and all money paid will be refunded.

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

The sign up is ready for the class. Please use the link to register. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E44AEAC2BA1FC1-introduction

Note that we are no longer able to take money from Sign-up genius so are requesting you send payment in one of two ways - use PayPal to send payment to awsgworkshop@gmail.com or mail check to:
       Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild
       PO Box 244055
       Anchorage, AK 99524-4055

The guild has a generous fund for scholarships. Scholarships are not based on financial need. We only ask that you contribute to the guild in some way - such as writing an article in the newsletter, doing a presentation, or some other way of sharing the knowledge gained. Please email Marjorie McLaren if you have any questions.