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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.

Meeting Reminder - April 13th Program: Guild Challenge
This year’s Guild Challenge them is "Off the Page!"   Create a project based on a character or book that you love--or perhaps have other strong feelings about.   We’ll present our completed projects during the April Program! 

Please join us at 10am on Saturday April 13th at the First Congregational Church on Northern Lights! 

Program Reminder:  Spinning Wheel Mechanics

The Wheel Doctor, aka David Junge, will be in!  That is, he will be our presenter for the March program.  David has attended many guild events during which he has fine-tuned numerous spinning wheels.  Please join us on March 9th for his tips to make your spinning wheel serve you for years to come.  Plan to be both informed and entertained!

Presidents Message:

Spring!
April is a month that seems to bring color back into our lives. We look forward to clearer weather for a few months. New projects and activities entertain us. Summer is a time to enjoy. When my grandma taught me how to tat I always had my tatting along on family camping trips. The tatting turned out quite dirty (I was 11), but I did learn it well with my grandma right there tutoring me as needed. We can do garden weavings and dye our yarns and roving outside. I've always liked working on stuff outside. I even do some of my dying in the dead of winter. I think we all look forward to our fabulous Alaskan summers however we spend our time.

Our April meeting program will be to show what we created based on a book we like for the Off the Page Challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has done. I took my weaving off the loom a couple of days ago and am doing the handwork. Finishing will happen over the week end. It should be dry by the meeting. Please bring your projects to share.

In May we have our potluck. It will take place at the church. Be sure to sign up to bring a dish.
(https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-maypotluck1) We also have a weft over sale. There will be tables to place your weft over items. If you're giving away stuff, just put it in a box and label it freebies or a comparable word. Please take home all left overs. The library will also have a few books for sale that have been donated and are duplicates of what is already in the library. Your weft over sales are for you. The books and items designated for the guild will be profits for the guild. OurSign-up Genius has a good explanation of everything.

There is a campout planned this summer at K'sugi Ken Camp. Sign up is here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-2ndannual
Bring your textile projects and your hiking boots. Maybe a sketchbook to plan out future projects and maybe a bag or two to put items in for that garden loom. And above all, relax and have fun. This will be July 25 – 28.

I'll see you at the April meeting,
Carol Koford