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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.

Alaska State Fair Update
The fair is on – August 20th through September 6, 2021. Any project completed since the 2019 Alaska State Fair is eligible for entry.

AWSG members can drop entries with all necessary paperwork (Fiber Entry Forms & tags), to Anne Brooks at 1704 Rogers Park Court, Anchorage, AK by Wednesday, August 4th by 9 p.m. Anne will assist members by dropping off and picking up entries. If you have questions, contact Anne Brooks 907-242-6405 or Sarah Robicheaux at 907-338-8516.

Fair Demos will be happening as well. More details and scheduling via SignUp Genius will follow.

General Schedule:
Exhibit Entry – Irwin Building:
Friday, August 6, 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, August 7, 11 am – 7 pm

Exhibit Pick Up:
Tuesday, September 7, 1 pm – 6 pm (Irwin Bldg)
Saturday, September 11, 1 pm – 6 pm (Hoskins Bldg)

Any project completed since the 2019 Alaska State Fair is eligible for entry.

Weblink for Fiber and Fleece 2021 entry information and general information: https://www.alaskastatefair.org/site/exhibit/fiber-fleece/

 

2021/2022 Guild Year Fashion Show by Lorri Wright
We are still planning to have a Fashion Show in the upcoming year - but it will be virtual! We will schedule members to model their clothes at different times and film each outfit. The individual video clips will be compiled with a voice over to describe each of the outfits. This combined film will be shown at various locations, including our guild website. Farrah Weinert will coordinate the effort and will be requesting volunteers in the near future. The first task is to find out how many will have an outfit ready to model – dates yet to be determined. A Survey Monkey will arrive in your e-mail soon asking if you will have a garment ready, or near ready. This will determine the next steps and timeline. It would be wonderful to see a big turnout for this endeavor.

Study Groups

Band Weaving - Led by Joanne Teague - Meets Monthly 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
The band weaving group is ready for our next project - Sanadahimo bands. Check out Karen’s indepth article on page 7 and come join us!

Band Weaving SampleDouble woven Sandahimo bands on inkle or rigid heddle. This will be a lot of fun, and available to anyone who wants to join us. You need a loom that will make 2 sheds, 2 swords and a shuttle.

Later, this summer, weave along from the book “Oseberg 34D” by Bente Skogsaas. Available from the author https://www.facebook.com/bente.skogsaas/

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84186849356?pwd=clFKSnlCR2pMVWpUY1Q0b1crQi95Zz09
Meeting ID: 841 8684 9356 Passcode: 055815

SAORI Weaving - Led by Farrah Weinert - Meets Monthly 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Join this active group in monthly challenges exploring Saori weaving.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81143430380?pwd=UHhtWXVnR2Y3cFVSNVc3Z1dtb3VZdz09
Meeting ID: 811 4343 0380   Passcode: AWSGsaori

Tessellation - Led by Sarah Robicheaux - Meets Monthly 2nd/4th Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
What is a tessellation? It’s an interlocking design that repeats perfectly across a surface.We are a stress-free group, enjoying our new discoveries using the 17 2-dimensional symmetry groups. Feel free to call (338-8516) or email Sarah if you have other ideas or questions on joining: sarahrobicheaux.ak@gmail.com

2nd Wed. Mtgs: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88639887236?pwd=d1BTaGF6Q3hhb XI2dkprNXYxaVpiQT09
Meeting ID: 886 3988 7236 Passcode: 016325

4th Wed. Mtgs: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88516208914?pwd=eVZBdHdMN3piaHNUQ1k5SXZJd3N4Zz09
Meeting ID: 885 1620 8914 Passcode: 241719

Feel free to call (338-8516) or email Sarah if you have other ideas or questions on joining.

Pam Clifton's felties

Pam Clifton's fiber art needle felting creations - a dragon and a 4-seasons man

 

 

Designing Tessellations

NEW! Make-It Gathering at Mt. Vernon Commons Monthly 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
First meeting on July 17 at 3322 Commons Circle. Mark your calendar and join us for the Monthly Make-it Gatherings on the third Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our first gathering will be July 17. Formerly held at the Senior Center, the gathering will now be at Mt. Vernon Commons. The Commons House has 3 separate rooms for gathering. We will dedicate some of the rooms to different study groups. Please join us for either a study group or to simply work on your project with others.

3322 Commons Circle Anchorage, AK 99503
LORRI WRIGHT, AWSG Vice President

Needle Felting by Pam Clifton

Pam Clifton's pumpkins     Pam Cllifton's felted      Pam Clifton's felted apples

K'esugi Ken Campground

 

4th Annual K’esugi Ken Camping Trip - July 29 - Aug 2, 2021

Hanging together outside is one of the safe gathering options for the guild. The K’esugi Ken Campground is beautiful with a large shelter (interpretive center) where we can gather and protects us from rain or sun. There are two fireplaces to ward off the chill and even electrical outlets. The campground has tent-only sites (walk-in, but not far) which can hold two tents. The RV sites all have tent pads too, electrical hook ups, and can hold two vehicles–up to two medium-sized RVs. There is also RV overflow parking and three dry cabins for rent!

Save the dates: July 29 – Aug 2.  You can reserve 80% of the sites NOW.  These sites book fast.  We can share sites and guild members at the site can attempt to reserve the 20% that are in-person reservations only. Book your summer fun now:
 https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/kesugi-ken-campground/AK/1181700/overview


ANWG 2021 Conference
“Fiber Connections”

The Association of Northwest Weaver’s Guild (ANWG) has announced their 2021 Conference. It will take place in Salem, Oregon at the Willamette University on June 7-13. Check out their blog for more information on the open and juried shows. This could be your year to enter one of your creations! https://anwgconference2021.com/blog/

“Fiber Connections, celebrates all the connections that are made as a result of the coming together of fibers and people. We weave for our families and friends, connecting us socially. We weave for sale, connecting us with clients. We weave for fun to connect with our inner child, and we weave to connect with our creative selves. Without fiber connections you would have no spun yarn, no weaving, no felting, no braiding and no wonderful fiber arts guilds to bring us all together.” –2021 Fiber Connections theme description

mannequinGarment Makers Study Group
by Anne Brooks
Even in these days of self-isolation, we can find interesting information on the internet and share this via Zoom, individual calls and on the AWSG Facebook page. I’ve found some links and groups that may be of interest: Sewing for Weavers group on Facebook, AWSG Saori Weavers,8-Shaft Weaving and Inspirations Magazine.

I am hoping those who are interested will consider making your own fitting muslin this summer. There are a wealth of resources on the Internet including YouTube videos, online courses and other how-tos. We could all find a particular course, or take different ones and critique the differences. If you are interested in a summer project, want to join the group or just want an update, give Anne a call at 907-242-6405.


2020 AWSG Challenge

Guild Challenge – Plan a Fashion Favorite
The guild challenge is intended to encourage and enable people to plan out a garment or accessory that will be a favorite item, one that you really enjoy wearing and can wear often. While you are welcome to plan anything you desire, we were hoping to enable you to make a garment that is both useful and special.

To facilitate this, we have an ongoing study group. Topics are far ranging and open to input and include so far: color, what shape looks best on your body shape and texture and drape.

The April challenge is not to complete this garment, but to work on your design. You can start anywhere. Duplicate a favorite garment shape or color. Fall in love with a weaving pattern then plan the colors and yardage. Spin fiber for a sweater with warmth in mind. For inspiration here is a link to Kate Larson’s short article about the notes she keeps as she creates a new project:
https://katelarsontextiles.com/2017/02/20/keeping-woolly-notes/

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 meetings the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10-1pm.

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.

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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