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Upcoming Workshops:
One of the great ways to develop as a weaver is to participate in workshops. In the space of a weekend, you can dig into a technique and really expand your repertoire as a weaver. Yes, there are videos, yes there are books, and yes, there is You Tube. And we have a terrific library and utilizing media is a great assist in learning. But there is nothing quite like the fun of learning from an expert in the field, live and in person. It is both inspirational and incredibly efficient.

We are starting to think about next year and what workshops might be of interest to our guild members.  Please let Lorri Wright or Christine Dittrich know what You would like to learn about.  Be it a technique, a style, a particular type of weaving, rigid heddle, multishaft, tapestry, backstrap, kumihimo, - the weaving world is wide - tell us what interests you!

Tablet Weaving - All Warped Up!
Date: 03/31/2017 (Fri.)
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm AKST
Location: Mt. Vernon Commons General Meeting House. Located on 34th Avenue, between C St. and Arctic
Created by: Anchorage Weaver & Spinner Guild
Skill level: Beginner – no previous table weaving experience required.

All Warped Up! (1/2 day class) There are almost as many ways to warp cards as there are card weavers. Learn three different warping techniques and why you might use each one, or even all of them together! We'll learn the single-card tie on, the circular warp and the weighted warp and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

John will provide the inkle loom and cards. Students will provide scissors, four (4) balls or cones of contrasting 10/2 mercerized or un-mercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread. Note that having 4 balls or cones of your color(s) will be critical to warping the tablets. Each ball/cone should be at least 1 oz. for each class.

Expected Price $30 + $15 material fee. Deposit at registration - $25.
Deposit can be paid on line or checks may be sent to:
Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055
A deposit of fifty-percent (50%) of the workshop fee must accompany the registration, with remaining fifty percent (50%) due the first day of the workshop. Cancellations shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit, unless a replacement can be found, whether from the waiting list or arranged by the person cancelling the registration in the workshop.

If you have questions, please contact Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, or email Lorri.. Or Christine Dittrich, (907) 440-2784, or email Christine.

SignUp genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-tablet

Tablet Woven Threaded in Designs
Date: 04/01/2017 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm AKST
Location: Located at 161 Klevin St., Anchorage, AK 99508
Created by: Anchorage Weaver & Spinner Guild
Skill level
: Beginner - no previous weaving experience required.

Tablet Woven Threaded in Designs - Saturday 4/1/17 (1 day class) you will learn the basics of tablet weaving by weaving a friendship bracelet. We will start with a discussion on how to read and design tablet weaving drafts. Then we will proceed to setting up the cards, weaving the band, and end with a discussion of finishing techniques. Along the way, we will focus on avoiding common pitfalls and sharing tips and tricks for weaving perfect bands.

John will provide the inkle loom and cards. Students will provide scissors, four (4) balls or cones of contrasting 10/2 mercerized or un-mercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread. Note that having 4 balls or cones of your color(s) will be critical to warping the tablets. Each ball/cone should be at least 1 oz. for each class.

Expected Price $85 + $15 material fee. Deposit at registration - $50.
Deposit can be paid on line or checks may be sent to:
Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055
A deposit of fifty-percent (50%) of the workshop fee must accompany the registration, with remaining fifty percent (50%) due the first day of the workshop. Cancellations shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit, unless a replacement can be found, whether from the waiting list or arranged by the person cancelling the registration in the workshop.

If you have questions, please contact Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, email Lorri. Or Christine Dittrich, (907) 440-2784, or email Christine.

SignUp genuis: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-tablet1

Tablet Woven Double Card, Double Turn Diagonals
Date: 04/02/2017 (Sun.)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm AKST
Location: Camp Fire Meeting Room. Located at 161 Klevin St., Anchorage, AK 99508
Created by: Anchorage Weaver & Spinner Guild
Skill level
: Beginner to Intermediate - no previous tablet weaving experience required.

Tablet Woven Double Card, Double Turn Diagonals – Sunday 4/2/17 (1 day class) also called “Egyptian” Diagonals, this workshop will focus on weaving diagonal patterns with tablets. We will use the circular warp setup, and learn how to use two packs to create interesting diagonal designs. Patterns will be provided, but individual exploration will be encouraged.

John will provide the inkle loom and cards. Students will provide scissors, four (4) balls or cones of contrasting 10/2 mercerized or un-mercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread. Note that having 4 balls or cones of your color(s) will be critical to warping the tablets. Each ball/cone should be at least 1 oz. for each class.

Expected Price $85 + $15 material fee. Deposit at registration - $50
Deposit can be paid on line or checks may be sent to:
Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055

A deposit of fifty-percent (50%) of the workshop fee must accompany the registration, with remaining fifty percent (50%) due the first day of the workshop. Cancellations shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit, unless a replacement can be found, whether from the waiting list or arranged by the person cancelling the registration in the workshop.

If you have questions, please contact Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, email Lorri. Or Christine Dittrich, (907) 440-2784, or email Christine.

SignUp Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-tablet2

Tablet Woven 3/1 Twill
Date: 04/03/2017 (Mon.)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm AKST
Location: Mt. Vernon Commons General Meeting House. Located on 34th Avenue, between C St. and Arctic

Learn a double-faced weaving technique that also produces beautiful twill lines in your bands. We will use the quick circular warping technique and then learn how to weave and design 3/1 twill patterns.

Skill level Beginner to Intermediate, previous tablet weaving experience necessary, and concentration is required. The workshops offered Saturday or Sunday will provide the necessary experience.

Expected Price $85 + $15 material fee. Deposit at registration - $50.

SignUp Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-tablet3

A Note about Deposits and Refunds*:

  • A deposit of fifty-percent (50%) of the workshop fee must accompany the registration, with the remaining fifty percent (50%) due the first day of the workshop.

  • Cancellations shall result in forfeiture of the deposit, unless a replacement can be found, either from the waiting list or arranged for by the person cancelling registration in the workshop.


    *per AWSG Bylaws & Policies, part VII Registrations, Deposits and Refunds 

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.