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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.

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

Beginning weaving classes this fall.
Sign up link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-beginning2

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 for each class series or the class will be cancelled.

Barbara Keller of Barbara Unlimited will teach beginning weaving classes. Each class series will teach 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 is included in the class fee.

There are 3 sets of beginning classes available. Each class will consist of 3 days of instructions, taking place on Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Dates:
     Class 1: cancelled
     Class 2: Sunday 10/23/2022, 10/30/2022, 11/06/2022, Rental Looms returned by 11/20/2022
     Class 3: Sunday 11/20/2022, 12/4/2022, 12/11/2022, Rental Looms returned by 12/18/202

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 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.