November 20, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm
We will cover the different types and variations of spindles and what each
is best suited for. We will cover tricks and techniques to make spindles
more productive and improve ergonomics. Finally we will have some hands on plying, covering chain plying (Navajo) and a traditional 2 or 3 ply.
This class is targeted to people who already know how to spin on a spindle
and want to know how to be more productive and accomplished.
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Spinning with Judith MacKenzie
Dec 4 - 6, 2015
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Judith has been teaching spinning and weaving for years. She is much in demand at fiber fairs to judge fleece, sheep and teach. Her textile experience is varied, from textile restoration for museums to sheep ranching in Montana. She has published several books including: The Intentional Spinner and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning. More recently she has several spinning instructional CDs/DVDs with Interweave including Spinning Luxury Fibers, Three Bags Full, Popular Wheel Mechanics, Gentle Art of Plying and A Spinner’s Toolbox. Judith currently live in Forks, WA in the rainforest made famous due to the Twilight vampire books. She feels at home here, since she was raised a bit north, on the Canadian west coastline.
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Classes will be at the Winterberry Charter School @ 4802 Bryn Mawr Ct., in Anchorage on Dec., 4th, 5th and 6th.
Weaving Classic Crackle and More
January 16-18, 2016, 9am-4pm each day.
This is Saturday, Sunday, Monday (holiday, ML King Day)
This will be a 3-day workshop January 16-18, 2016 taught by master weaver Susan Wilson. Crackle is a surprisingly versatile weave with exciting design potential on just four shafts. It has been said that you could spend a lifetime exploring this weave structure. This workshop covers the essentials of drafting and designing in the classic crackle weave, with consideration of design elements of proportion, color, value, and texture. On-loom exercises ensure a thorough understanding of classic crackle weave. In addition, we will explore the many variations possible by treadling crackle in the manner of other weaves, e.g. summer and winter or Bronson lace, and by using special treadlings, e.g. polychrome, or boundweave. Your sampler will include at least twelve distinctly different fabrics, all on a crackle threading. Comprehensive instruction in multi-shaft crackle is also included.
Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Level: Students should have some experience with pattern weaves and know how to read a draft. 4-shaft (minimum) loom required.
LOCATION: Campfire Alaska, 162 Klevin Street, Anchorage
Cost: $150-$200 depending on number of participants. $100 deposit with registration, balance due at beginning of workshop.
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For any Guild Members uncomfortable with using credit cards online, you may register with signup Genius and send your deposit of $100 to the AWSG Treasurer at PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055. Please identify your check as deposit for Crackle workshop.
Spinning with Kate Larson
October 21-23, 2016 Save the date! Kate Larson Textiles
Spinning with Abby Franquemont
During Spring 2016 May 2017 Guild session, dates and details TBA. Abby's Yarns
Mentor Program: Mentors are available to assist others on specific topics: loom purchasing, planning a project, dyeing, sewing with handwovens, spinning with special fibers, spinning equipment, warping, color choices, supplementary warps, troubleshooting, knitting with hand-spun yarn, etc. Guild members can sign up to be Mentors by contacting Email Anne Brooks.
Multi colored rovings for a Spinning for Color class taught by Deb Menz.
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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