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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

Happy New Year!
We have many wonderful things planned for this year. I don't know about you, but my New Year's Resolutions are all fiber related. I have a lot planned. As an optimist I always plan more than I can finish. But, I go forward and do and enjoy what I do.

Our January Program will be presented by Therese Anderson Swayman, Instructor of Physical Therapy, U.A.A. Her topic is Posture and Body Mechanics for Weavers and Spinners. There will be looms and spinning wheels to show how to work without hurting ourselves. At our February meeting the Program will be Jude Johnson, Superintendent, Alaska State Fair, Fiber and Fleece Category. She will present how to prepare fiber related items for judging.

Our nominating committee will be contacting people in the guild to find volunteers for a few positions on the board. Please thoughtfully consider being a part of the board or leading a committee or other project.

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. There will be one or two small groups meeting at the same time at the Senior Center.

"Off the Page" is the theme for the 2018 Guild Challenge. As Aubrey describes it, “This theme is to create a project based on a character or book that you love--or perhaps have other strong feelings about."

I'll see you at the January meeting!

May you all have a wonderful New Year.
Carol Koford
AWSG President