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Upcoming Workshops:

Amy Tyler Spinning Workshops - January 24-26, 2014
Sign up for an Amy Tyler workshop. Friday evening, Jan 24th, and six hour classes on Sat, Jan 25th and Sun, Jan 26th. Amy Tyler website

  • Spinning Silk Hankies with Amy Tyler - 1/24/2014 (Fri 5:30PM - 8:30PM)
    Silk hankies are a “mawata” silk that consist of very thin layers of silk squares. We will learn strategies for preparing these hankies for spinning, and then we will spin them using various strategies, including Navajo plying. We will cover strategies for making your hands smooth to minimize snagging of silk on your hands, and various uses of silk hankies and yarns spun from them. Hours: 3 Fee for class: $50 Participants to bring: spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate. Instructor to provide: samples for examination, fibers for spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies Location: To be announced The small print: Your registration is not confirmed until your deposit is received. You must be an AWSG member to attend, but membership is only $25/year, so please join us. The deposit is 50% of the total cost, plus your membership dues, if necessary.

    Register now online
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    or complete registration form and mail.

  • Creating the Yarn You Want with Amy Tyler - 1/25/2014 (Sat 9:00AM - 4:00PM)
    This workshop is designed for the spinner who wants to gain greater control over the final characteristics of the yarn she or he spins. We will practice methods for controlling the thickness and twist of yarns. We will cover practical techniques for creating yarns that are consistent from bobbin to bobbin, and that match already existing yarns, either hand spun or commercial. We will also touch on techniques for plying a “balanced yarn”. Hours: 6 Fee for class: $80 Participants to bring: spinning wheel in good working order, 3 bobbins, lazy kate. Instructor to provide: samples for examination, fibers for spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies Location: To be announced The small print: Your registration is not confirmed until your deposit is received. You must be an AWSG member to attend, but membership is only $25/year, so please join us. The deposit is 50% of the total cost, plus your membership dues, if necessary.

    Register now online: http://www2.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=08C0CFD7FFCCFC64&cs=09CBBADF8FBB8B627B7964745BB59BCA
    or complete registration form and mail.

  • Blending Colors at the Wheel with Amy Tyler - 1/26/2014 (Sun 9:00AM - 4:00PM)
    Learn to make unique multi-colored yarns at the wheel, without dyeing or the use of carding/combing equipment. In this workshop, we will take rovings and tops of different colors and combine them by pre-drafting in several simple ways to create yarns that produce more colorful and more textural fiber projects. We will cover techniques that allow you to create the same blends of color from skein to skein. We will practice making singles yarn as well as 2- and 3-ply yarns. We will also cover techniques for making marl yarns (plied yarns with different color singles).
    Hours: 6, Fee for class: $80, Participants to bring: spinning wheel in good working order, 4 bobbins, lazy kate. Instructor to provide: samples for examination, fibers for spinning, notebook with handouts, sundry supplies. Location: To be announced The small print: Your registration is not confirmed until your deposit is received. You must be an AWSG member to attend, but membership is only $25/year, so please join us. The deposit is 50% of the total cost, plus your membership dues, if necessary.

    Register now online: http://www2.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=08C0CFD7FFCCFC64&cs=09CBBADF8FBB8B627B7964745BB59BCA

    or complete registration form and mail.

Laura Viada Workshop
Exploring Thick 'n Thin -- Structure and Color Theory

  • February 1-2, 2014
  • $160 to $200 per student, based on total enrollment, plus a $10 dollar materials fee. Class max 15 students. $100 down payment due by December 15th or you will be removed from the workshop. Final payment due at workshop. Make checks out to the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild.
  • Location: Camp Fire USA Office 161 Klevin St #100 Anchorage, AK 99508 (Mountain View)

Thick’n Thin, sometimes known as Diversified Plain Weave, is a wonderful and versatile weave structure. It presents a wealth of design possibilities and produces a fabric that is perfect for absolutely any use. Students will learn how to work with this structure in planning projects and creating drafts and weave a thick’n thin sampler. They will learn how to weave this structure with good technique, and will explore the effect of different yarn and color choices on the final product. Students will also learn how to use clasped weft, polychrome, and pick-up techniques, and will learn how to make a smooth color gradation. Instructor will provide a variety of weft yarns for experimentation, lecture on color theory and optical mixing.

http://www.weaversguildmn.org/workshop/exploring-thick%E2%80%99n-thin-with-laura-viada

To sign up electronically go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BA8AC29AA8-laura (new super easy way to sign up!)
This sign up is protected by an access code. When prompted, enter the code "Shuttle" for access. Electronic payments are not possible at this time. Cash or check must be submitted separately.

You may register using a hard copy if you prefer.

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"Pretty Colors"
Multi colored rovings for a Spinning for Color class taught by Deb Menz.

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Long time knitter, spinner par excellence Gayle Andrus took a beginning rigid heddle weaving class this past year. Photographed here by Mary Werner is her very first hand woven project, a beautiful bag, using handspun fibers and embellished with beads.

Gayle was pleased to have had her bag displayed at a First Friday Art Show at Changepoint Church where she also demonstrated drop spindle spinning. Gayle’s husband made the display stand for the bag.

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The natural dyeing class was tons of fun.
Gathered the dye supplies...


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and had some fun!

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Every color of the rainbow!

dyed yarn

 

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