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
P.O. Box 17876
Sarasota, FL 34276
About our Guild
The 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, basketry and related fiber arts.
The Manasota Weavers Guild, Inc. is a non- profit organization conforming to IRS regulations as a 501(c)3 qualified organization. We are happy to receive your contributions of weaving and spinning items that you may no longer be using. Please contact Jozette Stubbe if you are interested in donating any items of this type.
Members regularly volunteer to demonstrate weaving and spinning throughout the three communities served. School demonstrations are an important part of our community outreach and we regularly teach adults with disabilities to weave at CHAC Community Haven for Adults and Children.
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. Our members also have an opportunity to sell at our annual Fabulous Arts Boutique .
We have an extensive collection of current and historical books and periodicals on fiber arts and crafts, which is available to all members.
The Guild awards educational grants to members to attend workshops to further their skills and knowledge of their art. 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.
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.
Instruction - we have a mentor program in which advanced weavers mentor the continued learning of less experienced weavers and spinners.
Meetings will be held on the 1st Saturday of the month at the Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St, Sarasota. The May meeting (picnic) will be at the home of Priscilla Fort on May 14th.
- Brown bag lunch at 12:00 noon
- Guild business meeting at 12:30
- Program from 1:00 to 3:00
2016 Meeting Program Schedule
- March 5th: "Samurai: The Weaving of the Warrior"-Benita Stambler, Asian Art Coordinator, The Ringling Museum of Art
Voting on results of the "Guild Color Challenge-Follow the Inspiration"
- April 2nd: "Introducing the fascinating lustrous, and waterproof fiber from the Lotus Flower Stem" -Barb Cabral
Election of Officers, Tropical Weavers attendees' show and tell
- May 14th: End Of Season Pot Luck Picnic, hosted by Priscilla Fort at her home
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.
Members receive a newsletter via email each month the Guild meets. A single membership is $35, a family membership is $50, and an associate membership (newsletters only) is $20.
Contact our Membership Chairman, Pam Smith, for any further information.
Winter 2015 Workshops
February 8 - 10, 2015
Laura Viada "Understanding Color". Participants have the option of signing up for either the first 2 days or the full 3-day course. The course costs, site and other pertinent information will be announced at a later time.
Through a series of exercises using Color Aid paper and acrylic paints, students will learn the basics of color theory and the principals of both pigment and optical color mixing. Understanding optical color mixing is critical for artists oworking with fiber and beads; however,most color theory is taught for painters and focuses almost exclusively on color mixing with pigments. The result is that fiber artists frequently have trouble accurately predicting how color will behave in their projects. This course will increase confidence in choosing the right fiber, yarns and beads for the desired results. We will also look at designing with color by exploring Johannes Itten's seven color contrasts, and dissecting the color composition of a number of paintings by well-known artists.
Please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Margarete Griffiths, for any further information.
Are you as members aware that we have a scholarship program available to members of one year or more? This allows you to apply for the money to pay for classes in any location, for instance at FTWG or a local workshop or toward any other workshop or class. Check this out with Irene Ouimet, our Scholarship Chairman.
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.