Manasota Weavers Guild serves all persons interested in weaving, spinning, dyeing, basket making and related fiber arts in Sarasota County and Manatee County, Florida.

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

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.

Meetings

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all in person meetings are postponed until further notice and will take place via an online format open to current members.

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.
Come Join Us.

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 is $50

Contact our Membership Chair for further information.

Programs 2021-2022

September 11 Sharing favorite books-Susan Ott presenting about MWG library (Zoom)
October 9 Jennifer Williams – Kumihimo (Zoom)
November 13 “Hidden Treasures” (weavings from the cedar chest) Guild Stash sale postponed
December 11 Christmas party/Saori weaving/Guess the weaver
January 8 ABC’s of spinning (Becky Kobos and Karen Simpson)
February 12 Workshop presenter Robyn Spady
March 12 Guild Challenge presentation
Example of work
April 8 Kathrin Weber -dye presentation
May 14 Picnic TBA

Upcoming Activities For Everyone

ACE (Adult & Community Enrichment)
Weaving: "Give It A Try"

Nov. 30 & Dec 7, 1-4 pm
Suncoast Technical College
4748 Beneva Road
941-924-1365 ex 62048
$69 includes materials

Live weaving demonstration

Sat. Sept. 18 at Farmers Market
ACE Booth Downtown

Guild 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 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 and Rules
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.

Workshops

Once or twice a year we invite nationally known experts to give two or three day workshops. These workshops involve an extra fee to cover the cost.

Mentoring

We have a mentor program in which advanced weavers mentor the continued learning of less experienced weavers and spinners.

Tax-Deductible Contributions

The Manasota Weavers Guild, Inc. 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. We are happy to learn of weaving and spinning items in very good condition that you are no longer using. We request that you send photos and descriptions of your items with MWG members as well as with members of other area guilds. Due to space limitations, the Guild can consider loom donations of only gently used floor looms up to 36" in width. Please contact 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.

Guild Challenge Summer 2021

We are heading back toward the bright lights of "normal" ...so the theme of our next Guild Challenge will be:

🌞 Let The Sun Shine!!! 🌞

Manasota Weavers are hereby challenged to create an item from any fiber(s) of their choice, in any two colors of their choice ... PLUS a (sunny) shade of yellow.

The structure one uses will depend on the first letter of the weaver's name (first, last, middle, nickname, maiden name). For example, Jill Biden might choose to do her piece in Basket Weave, Greta Thunberg might use Gothic Cross (pg. 41, A Handweaver's Pattern Book, Marguerite Porter Davison) or any Twill pattern. What structure would Cher choose? Perhaps Crackle!

In addition to Davison, one could also search for a variety of structure ideas in Strickler's A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns or Chandler's Learning to Weave. Knitters and other fiber artists are asked to follow the same color guidelines (any two colors PLUS yellow) and to combine at least two different patterns in their work.

Newer members of the guild are encouraged to take on the 2022 Challenge. This is not a competition, there are no prizes, and all entries will be part of theManasota Weavers Guild table on display at the 2022 Florida Tropical Weavers Guild (FTWG) Conference. Challenge items are due at the March 2022 meeting of the MWG.

Join the challenge and the fun! You are guaranteed to learn something new, even if it is how tricky using yellow can be!

Questions? Never hesitate to check in with Priscilla Fort, Challenge Chair (fortmom@gmail.com). Stumped about where to begin? There are lots of MWG members ready to help you get started. Just ask!

And now ....

☀ Let The Challenge Begin! ☀

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 Committeeif 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.

Merchant Rewards - Please Patronize these Vendors

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 AmazonSmile, 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.