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.

2nd Annual Camping Trip - July 25-28, 2019
Date: July 25-28, 2019
Location: K'esugi Ken Campground
Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-2ndannual

Last year’s attendees keep waxing poetic about how fun this was.  Use the signup genius to notify us who is coming, their campsites and to coordinate sharing sites.  But anyone can come, even if you do not sign up.  The only cost to participants is paid directly to the park service for the camping sites.  There are 2 hotels within 6 miles if you prefer to have a bed.  Tent walk-in sites are $20.  RV/Tent sites with electric are $30.  There is a limit of 2 vehicles per site.  There is overflow parking for $5/night or free if you have an AK State parking pass. 

We were pleased with the size of all the sites.  Last year we learned it was very reasonable to share campsites.  The tent pads at the tent walk-in sites can hold 2 large tents per site.  The RV/tent sites could get 2 small or medium tents on a pad, plus an RV.  Some have enough driveway for 2 small to medium RVs.  All of the sites can accommodate an RV and a tent. The K'esugi Ken campsite is very nice, with pit toilets, green space between sites, trails and views. Gathering at the pavilion worked out really well, having lots of sheltered space if it is raining, places to sit in the sun, a fireplace for cooler evenings, picnic tables, benches and even power outlets!

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Alaska State Fair

Dates: August 22 thru September 2, 2019
Hours of Operation:
     Monday - Friday, noon to 10 pm
     Saturday - Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
     Labor Day: 10 am to 8 pm.

Fiber and Fleece 2019 Information such as categories, instructions, forms, etc., are available here: https://www.alaskastatefair.org/site/exhibits/fiber-fleece/. We encourage Anchorage Guild members to enter your wonderful fiber creations in the fair. Remember Jude’s comments: collections are welcome, consider more than one category, and more entries are needed!

Drop Off and Pick Up Info
Drop off in Anchorage:
Deliver entries and all completed forms in Anchorage (at Anne’s home, 1704 Rogers Park Court). Anne will have extra forms if you need them. Deliver by Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Call 907-242-6405. Anne will transport the entries to the Fair on Friday, August 9th and pick entries up at the fairground on Tuesday, September 3.
Drop Off at Fair:
Friday, August 9, 2019 – 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 11 am to 7 pm

You will receive an InfoBlast with a link to the Sign-Up Genius listing volunteer slots available for everything from entry to judging to demonstration. Volunteer opportunities begin at 11 am on August 10th and continue through the September 3rd. The Sign-up Genius link will show up in your email box in July. Be sure to volunteer time to make the Fiber and Fleece exhibit at the Alaska State Fair a success.

Key volunteer opportunities:

     Entries: Weekend of August 9, 10, 11
     Judging: Sunday, August 11
     Demonstrations: Throughout the fair
     Entry Pick Up: Tuesday, September 3
For more information, contact Anne Brooks at 907-242-6405.

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

2019 Fashion Show
The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is planning a fashion show in 2019. Watch for details to emerge during the 2017-18 Guild year. Participants and volunteers will be needed. Contact Guild President for more information.

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.

January 2019 Carol James will lead an online class to get you started on Sprang and leading to making lace using Sprang.

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

The Cordova Fiber Arts Guild plans to hold another guild meeting later in the year at a time TBD.  In the meantime, check out their Facebook page to keep current on what members are working on.

Seward Fi-brrs
Location:  A Flyin’ Skein
Dates:      Thursday Nights
Time:        6pm-9pm
Website: http://aflyinskein.com/

Bring your project and knit until nine!


Homer Spinning Night Every Other Tuesday
Tuesday Nights 7pm-9pm

Join us at the Knitty Stash for an evening of social spinning. All levels welcome, drop spindles too!!

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.

Knitty Stash (Homer) Spinning Nights
Dates: Tuesday nights
Time: 7pm-9pm
Website: http://knittystash.com

A Flyin’ Skein (Seward) Fi-brrs Knit Unit Nine
Dates: Thursday Nights
Time: 6pm-9pm
Website: http://aflyinskein.com/

The Netloft (Cordova) Knitter’s (and spinners) Night Out
Dates: Wednesday
Time: 7pm-9pm
Website: https://thenetloftak.com/

Top of the Whorl (Soldotna) Sit & Knit
Dates: Thursday Nights
Time: 5:30pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/topofthewhorl/



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