Manasota Weavers Guild
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About Us
Programs
Membership
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Meetings

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

Programs 2022-2023

September 10, 2021 Welcome Back! Show-n-Tell
Introduction of the Guild Challenge
Sign 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. 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 presentation
to 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
Show-n-Tell
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Membership

Join or renew your membership

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.

Membership Benefits

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.

Educational Grants

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.

Application for Education Grant

Workshops

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.

Demonstrations

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.



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Guild Challenge

Watch this space!

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About Manasota Weavers Guild

Our Mission

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.

Charitable Organization

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 Donations Committee if you are interested in donating such items. The Guild is also happy to receive donations of clean yarn and small weaving/spinning accessories. Donations may be sold by the Guild, with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for the MWG Scholarship Fund. Please note that the Donations Committee decisions regarding acceptance of donations on behalf of the Guild are final.

Honors

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.



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Merchant Rewards - Please Patronize these Vendors to Help our Guild

The Woolery Guild Rewards Program

Manasota Weavers Guild has been approved to participate in the Woolery Guild Rewards program.
Any purchases, using this link, from The Woolery by Guild members will result in an annual cash reward that will be sent to our Guild.

Amazon Rewards Program

If you are an Amazon shopper, you can benefit our guild with most purchases. If you sign up for Amazon Smile, MWG will receive 0.05% of all qualifying purchases. Just sign up at Amazon Smile and select Manasota Weavers Guild as your charity and the magic will happen. Just remember to access Amazon through smile.amazon.com. Sign up today and start sending benefits to the guild!

Halcyon Yarn Guild Rewards Program

Halcyon Yarn offers 5% year-end cash-back to Manasota Weavers Guild when members make purchases at Halcyon and identify their membership in our guild. Individual guild members may place orders by any method, but must have a Halcyon Yarn customer number for sales to be tracked and payments credited. Rewards payments are not retroactive, but begin accruing as of the date of membership acceptance. If you shop at Halcyon please register for this membership program and start sending more benefits to our guild.

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Contact Us
Manasota Weavers Guild
P.O. Box 17876
Sarasota, FL 34276