In-person meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, 1226 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (located behind The Designing Women Boutique).
All Fiber Artists and Guests are Welcome
|September 10, 2021||Welcome Back!||Show-n-TellIntroduction of the Guild ChallengeSign up for Study Groups|
|October 8, 2022||Planning a Project||From Inspiration to Actuation - How do I do it? With a brief intro to Fiberworks for beginners. br> A look at the process with a Power Point presentation and input from other guild members|
|November 12 2022||TBA|
|December 10, 2022||Holiday Potluck|
|January 14, 2023||Robyn Becker||Finishing Handwovens with knitting or crochet With 40 years of experience teaching hand-manipulated fiber arts Robyn will present a program on finishing our handwovens with knitting & crochet.|
|February 11, 2023||Robyn Spady||workshop and Guild presentationto be announced|
|March 11, 2023||Small is Good||Common and not so common small weaving equipment
From the beginning of fiber manufacturing, craftsmen and women worked on small pieces of equipment, spindles, back strap looms, inkle looms, etc. Members will share their small tools and products to inform others. Small tools may be something well known, like an inkle loom, or something more obscure (like a charka). Presenters TBD.
|April 8, 2023||Barb Cabral||Handwoven Garments Fashion Show
Participants in the original workshop will share what they did, weaving and sewing, and their thoughts on what they found/learned.
|May 13, 2023||Guild Picnic||Transfer of leadership positions / installation of Officers
Study Group Sharing
Membership is open to all who are interested in weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry and other fiber arts. We seek those who want to learn or improve their skills, and who will serve in the promotion of our goals.
A single membership is $35, family membership (for two members living in the same household) is $50. Contact our Membership Chair for further information.
Library & Newsletter
We have an extensive collection of current and historical books and periodicals on fiber arts and crafts, which is available to all members. Members receive a newsletter via email each month the Guild meets.
Manasota Weavers Guild has an education grant program. Anyone who has been a member in good standing for one year may apply for a grant to pay for classes in any location, for instance at FTWG or a local workshop or toward any other workshop or class. Grants are not need based.
Once or twice a year we invite nationally known experts to give two or three day workshops. These workshops usually involve an extra fee to cover the cost.
Mentoring, Forums & Study Gruups
We have a mentor program in which advanced weavers mentor the continued learning of less experienced weavers and spinners. There is an extensive forum for members where study groups can meet and where weavers can ask questions, receive answers and post pictures, tips or whatever is on their mind.
Members regularly volunteer to demonstrate weaving and spinning throughout the three communities served. School demonstrations are an important part of our community outreach. Please contact our Outreach Committee if you would like to schedule a demonstration for your organization.
Exhibitions and Sales
Our members exhibit fiber art at several sites during the year. Sites have included Selby Gardens, Women's Resource Center, the Manatee Art League, Sarasota Art Center, and the Florida Tropical Weavers annual conference.
Watch this space!
About Manasota Weavers Guild
Manasota Weavers Guild is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the fiber arts.
Through monthly meetings and special workshops, we offer our members the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills. We offer community outreach programs which promote awareness and appreciation of the fiber arts. The Guild welcomes and offers instruction to new weavers and spinners. Membership in the Guild is open to anyone interested in the arts of loom weaving, tapestry, spinning, knitting, basketry and related fiber arts.
Manasota Weavers Guild is a non-profit organization conforming to IRS regulations as a 501(c)3 qualified organization. As such, the Guild may accept donations of fiber-related items which may be tax-deductable. We are happy to learn of weaving and spinning items
The Guild received the Gavel Award from the Sarasota Herald Tribune for its work in public education. Individual members have received awards for their work from state and national associations.