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2023 Ellen Halseth's "When there's a Twill, There's a Way" Workshop pictures

Andean Pebble Weave Workshop - January 13th and 20th, 2024
Laverne Waddington will be presenting an Andean Pebble Weave workshop to our Guild on Zoom. This is a pick-up technique done on Inkle looms. Laverne is Australian, and has been living in Bolivia for many years. She is an expert back strap weaver and teacher. I had the pleasure of taking this workshop two or so years ago. Laverne’s instruction is very clear, her pacing is just right. The class is over 2 weekends, so participants have time to practice in between classes. She has written several books on the subject, which are full of charted patterns to weave. Her maximum class size is 6, so it’s easy to have a dialogue and ask questions.
Cost $70.00
Check out this short You tube video from Laverne:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ-L5RaKYT0
To sign up, go to Sign Up Genius at tis link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E44AEAC2BA1FC1-45351105-andean

Questions: email Sarah Robicheaux, or call 907-338-8516 (landline – no texts) Sarah out of town from 10/20 to 11/12 with no computer.

Beginning Weaving Class Series This Fall

Barbara KellerBarbara Keller of Barbara Unlimited will teach the beginning weaving class series this fall. 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.

Barbara Keller ClassesStudents will bring a 4-shaft loom, Warping Board, and weaving equipment to the class.

For students who are members of the AWSG, looms and warping boards are available for rental if arranged in advance of the class. Return of Rental Looms to be coordinated with the rental coordinator.

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:
     2023 Series 1 – Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 8
     2023 Series 2 – Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5
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

Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-beginning4#/

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.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Keller, (541) 400-0081, barbarakeller2016@gmail.com or Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, lorrihome@live.com

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