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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.

President's message

Earthquake!! I was on the phone with my mother when the quake hit. Our phone call was connected throughout the quake and she heard the quake, the building noises, the glass breaking, and me being frightened. So Saturday morning I called her and asked her if she remembered what we were talking about when we were interrupted. She grew up in California and knows earthquakes. I'm sure everyone's plans for the day altered significantly than what you had planned. I was halfway through winding a warp for Christmas gifts. I won't get back to it for a couple of more days. This is the time when we arty and crafty people make gifts. It's a happy time. Enjoy your work. We probably need to find that calm place our weaving and spinning gives us after all the trauma of an earthquake in our lives.

We have our annual Christmas Potluck. It will happen at First Congregational Church where we meet. Thank you Elena for taking the reigns to make it happen and Lorrie's help too. We have an hors d'oeurvres event with desserts. Please be sure to sign up. The link is on our web site. Please contact Elena Prisekin at 449-995-7483 with any questions or to sign up. (note: I'll be checking with the church to make sure their building is still ok to meet on Saturday. An InfoBlast will go out to confirm our meeting.)

Wasn't the November meeting fantastic. We're planning another one. We're looking to arrange it a little differently maybe schedule time slots to do this and that so everyone can have an opportunity at different learning experiences. Maybe some will be hands-on. We'll also spread it out around the room. The board will be discussing this and to make improvements on the first fantastic experience. A tapestry class taught by Annita Magee is one result of the mini demonstrations. I love the enthusiasm.

The Winter Weekend to Unwind Retreat already has 10 signed up. Only 35 can sign up, so sign up soon if you plan to go. This will be a low key time to relax and enjoy what we love to create. Bring your projects to work on and enjoy a catered dinner. More information is in this newsletter.

The January program will be presented by Therese Anderson Swayman. She's an instructor of Physical Therapy at U.A.A. It will be on Posture and Body Mechanics for Weavers and Spinners. Be sure to come. We all need a little help learning how to avoid the aches and pains we may develop while doing what we love to do.

The Dena'ina sale was a resounding success. Thank you to all who made it happen. Start planning for next year's sale by making new items and plan to volunteer to make it happen.

I know Bonnie Tissler is pulling together a time for guild members to meet at the Senior Center for everyone to bring what they are working on and enjoy each others company doing what we love to do. And of course, any of us can ask for help from fellow guild members.

We have a busy month of celebrations ahead of us. Some of us will start this off with our annual December meeting of goodies, a gift exchange, and maybe a game or two. Be sure to sign up.

Your President,
Carol Koford