Rabbit Ridge Designs Yarn

Spirit weaving by Zann Carter
Spirit weaving
by Zann Carter






























































Calendar of Events - see the newsletter in the Members Only area for more details on events.
We have guild meetings September through May.

To both promote the fiber arts in our csommunity and to encourage participation in a wide variety of events, the Guild welcomes individuals and businesses to advertise events & classes in our online Guild calendar.  For full details and rates (if applicable) please review our Advertising Policy.

Volunteer Opportunity - Sept. 15, 2019
Three volunteers are needed for spinning demos at the Alaska Botanical Gardens Harvest Fair on Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The demo station will be in the greenhouse. Spinning cotton, flax, or silk would be great, but all fibers are welcome!
Contact: Rosemarie Rotunno

Worldwide Spin in Public Day - Sept. 21, 2019
Saturday, Sept. 21st is worldwide spin in public day. Please join me, Sarah Robicheaux, in a public get together with our wheels or spindles! We will meet from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, most likely at Loussac Library, in the second-floor atrium. The location will be confirmed at the Sept. Guild meeting. If you would like to join me, let me know with an email or phone call. Email Sarah, 338-8516 (land line, no texts).

Can’t make it to Anchorage for Spin in Public Day? Join Rosemarie Rotunno at the Eagle River Library on Sep. 21 from 10:00 to 12:00.

Beginning Spinning Class - Sept. 28-29, 2019
September 28th: Spindle Spinning 10:00 am to Noon
September 29th: Wheel Spinning 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The beginning spinning class is designed to get the brand new spinner started. Get the exact yarn that you want for a project by making it yourself!

The first day we will learn to prepare our fiber and spin on a spindle. Small and portable, spindle spinning is a great method of spinning to take with you wherever you go. The second day will be devoted to spinning on a spinning wheel. Several different types of wheels will be on hand to try. If you are bringing your own wheel, be sure it is in good working order or arrive early for a possible tune up.

One class is $15.00 or both classes are $20.00. Pay online with your sign up, or mail a check to the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild at AWSG, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055. Payment holds your spot.
The class is located at the Mt. Vernon Commons at 3322 West 34th Ave, between Eureka and Bering Streets. There is a small parking lot by the road, and the building is set back down a narrow driveway. Please park in the parking lot or on the street and walk up the driveway to the building.

An important part of the class is the volunteers who help new spinners. Ideally, we will have one volunteer spinner to every two spinners. Please sign up on Sign Up Genius to volunteer to help. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated!! (Of course there is no charge to volunteers!)

Cancellation policy: Should you need to cancel for any reason there is a 50% refund, unless someone takes your spot, then the refund is 100%.

Questions?? Call Sarah Robicheaux at 338-8516 (landline, no texts) or email Sarah.
Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E44AEAC2BA1FC1-beginning1

Fairbanks Fiber Festival - October 12-13, 2019
The festival is October 12 and 13th at Pioneer Park. This is the 4th year for the festival and it will be opening up the venue to a wider range of fiber related activities. If you have not sent in your vendor application yet, need to receive it by October 1st to avoid the 50.00 late fee.

They have expanded to allow other fiber items such as handmade paper, quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, basketry, and other natural and synthetic fiber and tools for making fiber products.

We have three different ways to join us in being a vendor. Free: The guild or person can have an educational table or booth that doesn't take in any revenue except for membership dues. We encourage this to help to get word out for your guild or club etc. If the guild or a person is planning to sell items, there is the table and booth option. More information in the vendor application.

Vendors will be assigned on a 1st come first serve basis, early completed applications will get priority in assigning placement. Note: a vendor application is not considered received until it is paid in full and we have received 2 photos of your products and brief description of your merchandise. Return the applications to fairbanksfiberfestival@gmail.com attn: Vendor Application.

If you have any questions or concerns call Becky at 907-699-7121 or email Becky at fairbanksfiberfestival@gmail.com attn: Becky

Hope you will join us this year!!!
Becky Hammond

Valley Fiber Arts Retreat - Oct. 25-27, 2019
The Fall Retreat 2019 is coming up soon. Dates are October 25th through October 27th. Registration will open on Sep. 4th, and the link to register is: https://valleyfiberartsguild.regfox.com/afar-fall-2019-retreat

Langley rooms are waitlist only. If you choose this option, you will be placed on a wait list and notified later as to whether (or not) you have been assigned to Langley Lodge. Those not assigned to Langley who have chosen this option, will be contacted later to let you choose a dry cabin or other options. Please complete the entire registration form, including payment information, regardless.

A few points to clarify: For new folks there are a couple of room options, a shared dry cabin room with shared restrooms or a double occupancy room in Langley Hall. To be in the Langley Hall you need to be a Langley Legacy retreater. If you are Langley Legacy retreater, your room is still reserved. If you cannot attend this Fall's event, your space may be assigned to a new person for this event. If you would like a Langley room but are not Langley Legacy, you may request a room and you will be notified if there is room available. If there is not a room available, you will be assigned to a cabin.

We have a great team setting up classes and making plans! If you are a vendor, please contact me to verify your participation and pay your vendor fee. Only vendor's who register as a vendor will be allowed to sell during the retreat. More details will be provided as the retreat grows closer. This is a great time to get to know other fiberistas and share in each other's talents, ideas, and fun.

As our guild season kicks off, I hope you’ve been thinking about participating in our annual November Sale at the Anchorage Arts & Crafts Emporium! It’s an awesome way to support the Guild, dip your toe into the Christmas Bazaar scene earn some extra Christmas money. For those not interested in submitting sale items, we also need volunteers to setup and man the booth and shoppers!

The Arts & Crafts Emporium is Anchorage's premier showcase for Alaskan artists and crafters to display and sell their Alaska-made arts and crafts to a broad base of customers during the holiday season. The guild has had a booth at this event for over 10 years!
The 2019 Arts & Crafts Emporium will be held at the Dena'ina Civic Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.to and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free.

Hopefully, you have already begun making and setting aside items for sale at this event. The booth showcases a variety of fiber related items created by our members. In the past we’ve had woven garments, scarves, shawls, dolls, pillows, tea towels and table linens, and bookmarks. We had fiber related tools, weaving “kits” and Christmas ornaments. We had handspun yarn of all types and lovely handspun knitted items. Typical prices ranged from $5 to $195 and our Guild Booth typically sees a lot of visitors.
Participating is pretty simple, basically you make your item, tag it per the guidelines and add it to your inventory sheet and drop it off to the coordinator. It will be displayed in the Guild booth during the sale. Keep and eye out in the October newsletter for detailed instructions on tagging your items.

Important Dates:
Oct. 12 - Drop off items for sale at the regular Saturday Guild meeting
Nov. 9 - Drop off items for sale at the regular Saturday Guild meeting
Nov. 20 – Absolute Last Day to submit items for sale to Nicole.
Nov. 22 – Booth set-up. Time to be determined.
Nov. 23-24 – Anchorage Arts & Crafts Emporium at the Dena’ina Center
Dec. 14 – Checks will be issued for sold items; unsold items will be returned to members.
QUESTIONS? Call Nicole Putnam, 230-4099 or or email.

Knitting and Espionage in WWII
Check out this story from Atlas Obscura about the use of knitting for espionage in World War II: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/knitting-spies-wwi-wwii?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=atlas-page

Fiber Art Travel? Will you be traveling this summer or this year? Want to find a fiber event near you. Here is a pretty complete listing of events by month: http://www.knittersreview.com/upcoming_events

Band Weaving Study GroupBand Weaving Study Group
The study group formerly known as “The Card Weaving Study Group” voted to expand their focus to all types of band weaving. We are currently working on Snartemo card woven bands.

These bands have warp floats, creating a more three-dimensional band. Members of the group can collectively work on the “group” band or go their own way. The group is about learning, sharing and helping each other. As needed we have hosted meetings for more beginners on warping, etc. All are welcome. We have been meeting the 3rd Saturday of the month.

We created a (closed) Facebook group titled “AWSG Bandweaving Study Group”. Please join us if you are interested. Just search for the group name on Facebook and request to join.

Braids Society
This is an International guild based in the UK with a large online and international presence. Although it is called Braids it really should be named “narrow wares”. Its scope includes backstrap, inkle, sprang, card weaving, kumihimo, lucet, ply-splitting and bobbin lace.

Their next international conference is in Iga City, Japan from Oct 13th-18th, 2019.

Here is the link to the Braids Society: https://thebraidsociety.wildapricot.org/

Consider joining if you have interest in narrow bands and want to fully participate in their online workshops, get their newsletter and the annual Strands publication. They have a discounted long-haul membership targeted to non-UK members.

Other Fiber Activities Around the State:

Alaska has a vibrant and active fiber community. Here is a sampling of events happening around State you may be interested in attending.


Cordova Fiber Arts Guild

Website: https://www.facebook.com/cdvfiber/?hc_ref=SEARCH

Check out their Facebook page to keep current on what members are working on.


Eagle River Spinners
Location: Eagle River Library; Eagle River, AK
Dates: 10 AM, third Saturday of the month
Location: Eagle River Library

The Eagle River Spinners welcome anyone interested in the fiber arts. Please join us at 10 am on the third Saturday of the month at the Eagle River Library. This is an opportunity to not only to spin together, but as an outreach to, and educational tool for, our community.


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