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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.

The Senior Center Trunk Show is this Saturday, September 26 from 1 pm – 3 pm. 
Anchorage Senior Center
1300 East 19th Avenue
Please wear masks.  Socially distancing applies.

Ideally, we’ll be in the parking lot where we can easily park and pop open our trunks and display fiber and yarns that no longer inspire us, but may be exactly what someone else is looking for.  If the weather fails to cooperate, we’ll be using covered shelter at either the front entrance or around the back.

The guild will have 6 boxes of fine Shetland waving cones as well as a triangular shawl waving loom and a 36” Beka rigid heddle loom to sell.  Bonnie has a treasure trove of various yarns that need new homes.

Come and join us!

The 24th Annual Scandinavian Bazaar - this year is the Nordic Market. Sat, October 10, 10am – 4pm
There will be craft demonstrations outdoors in the parking lot. Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild has been asked to join and demonstrate weaving and spinning projects. More information

"Spinning Illegal Yarns" Excitement! October 17th, 24th and 31st, 2020

The long anticipated Sign Up Genius for Patsy Z's "Spinning Illegal Yarns" is finally here!! Our first on-line workshop!!!

Sign up under the first slots if you want a kit. RSVP under the second set of slots if you are coming and using your own stash.
Use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E44AEAC2BA1FC1-illegal. Details are on the signup genuis page.

This class is funded by the Jean Truscott Memorial Fund, which she so graciously provided to the Guild through her estate sale. There is no cost to guild members to attend the class. The Guild Zoom account allows up to 100 participants (that should be all of us!).

Join Patsy Zawistoski’s virtual spinning class Saturday October 17th, 24th and 31st from 10:00am to noon. Patsy will teach us a new way to ply, breaking plying rules, and plying S and Z twist together to make amazing, strong, resilient spiral yarns. If you can’t make a session, not to worry, the class will be recorded, and available to watch when you want to for two weeks after the presentation date.

Find the details on the sign up genius. Feel free to contact Sarah Robicheaux with any questions at 338-8516 (landline, no texts) or email Sarah. Happy Spinning!

Denaina Sale November 21-22, 2020
At this time, Alaska Markets & Events, Inc. plans on holding the Anchorage Arts & Crafts Emporium at the Dena’ina Center (November 21 and 22). More information.

President's Post
By Gwen Mathew
Dear Guild Members,
It was so wonderful to see many of you at Jean’s Fiber estate sale! We could see each other’s smiles through the mask. The sale was such a success at finding new homes for all of Jean’s lovely tools and fibers. I am sure they will go on to provide many hours of creative joy to all of us as we remember our lovely, fully invested friend. There was talk of incorporating mohair and samples of her work into this year’s challenge. She truly has left a warm and generous legacy to our (and her) beloved guild.

As I am writing this, I am sure that guild campers are enjoying each other and the great outdoors at this year’s campout. What a lovely way to extend the guild’s activities into the summer.

The grant saori looms are in! I can hardly wait to see them! Their arrival ensures our ability to keep on track with our agreement with Rasmussan to further the fiber arts in our community. Lorri will be calling for help in this accomplishment soon. Be a part of something great! Volunteer!

Karen and Kathryn are diligently working on this coming year’s budget and we will be voting on its adoption next board meeting. If you have any thoughts or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call one of the board members. We value your input.

Finally, in the midst of gardening, fishing, and otherwise summering, don’t forget to pursue the work of your hands. As Jean’s estate so eloquently demonstrated, it is truly an expression of your heart, and we are knit heart to heart.
From my heart to yours, Gwen

Gwen's thank you card