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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.

Membership reminder
After the November meeting we dropped people who had not paid for the 2020-21 guild year from our InfoBlast mailing list and changed the password for the website’s members only area. Guild membership has been temporarily lowered to $25 this year. Please keep our community whole and thriving by joining us. We have a lot of really wonderful programs planned. Please go online to our website to join. You will be given the choice of paying online via PayPal or sending us a check.

Please click HERE to enroll or renew.

Member Meeting, March 13, April 10, and May 8 at 10am
Our March presentation will be from Maja Siska, an Icelandic artist, who will provide insight into the connection of sheep and wool and the history and culture in Iceland.

Newsletter Submissions
As always, we love photos and articles from our members. Did you learn something new that you want to share? Was there a textile book or a new tool you want to review? Share your progress or lessons learned on your newest project. Pam will do a wonderful job compiling it!

President Letter
I am hopeful now that I know people are getting COVID-19 vaccinations, including a lot of our guild members. A recent email from the Alaska Department of Health admitted that the website-based reservation system was not user friendly and suggested we should all reach out and assist our friends and neighbors both get vaccine appointments and offer rides. I encourage everyone to join me with this mission. If we have any guild members who need assistance, I am volunteering to assist. I have wicked computer skills and a safe car. Call me: 346-2792.

I am super thrilled the guild has three active study groups now: Saori Weaving, Band Weaving and Tessellations. I just read the two chapters in “Designing Tessellations” by Jinny Beyer. I am getting very excited about this new study group. The book is very accessible, with lots of visual examples. I like Jinny’s gradual approach and hands-on instruction via exercises.

I love how study groups provide inspiration and support. There is something accessible, warm and friendly about these smaller groups. Any member can start a study group on a topic/project that catches your imagination. You do not need to be an expert, just someone willing to learn and share with others. AWSG will help you with announcements and setting up Zoom meetings.

KAREN WILLIAMS, AWSG President

A Call for Volunteers/Officers for 2021/2022 AWSG Year!
The best part of the Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild are the volunteers who contribute a great wealth of diverse knowledge. Our organization is rich with creative and technical skill. There is a great organization of volunteers who make that happen!

We are looking to fill officer and committee positions for the upcoming year. Please consider taking on a role either as a primary or backup position. Not sure if you can do it? We have supportive staff members willing to share their experience. It is much easier to learn a new role with the support of the current and outgoing staff.  

Gwen Mathew and Lorri Wright are forming a nominating committee to fill the positions in January 2021. We are looking for volunteers for the nominating committee as well as volunteers for the upcoming year. If interested, please contact:
Gwen Mathew at emerald@gci.net
Lorri Wright at lorrihome@live.com or mobile (907) 360-0276