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

About our Guild

Mission

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.

Contributions

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.

Demonstrations:

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 .

Library:

We have an extensive collection of current and historical books and periodicals on fiber arts and crafts, which is available to all members.

Scholarship Program:

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.

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.

Benefits:

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

Meetings

Regular Guild Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, September through May, at the Salvation Army Community Center at 1701 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. The building is grey with a blue-green roof and is on the east side of the street. Entrance and parking are at the rear. Building is open from 9:30 to 4:00.

GUESTS ARE WELCOME. COME JOIN US!

2014-15 Meeting Program Schedule

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, a family membership is $50, and an associate membership (receives newsletter only) is $20.

Please click here to download our Membership Application

Contact our Membership Chairman, Pam Smith, for any further information.

Winter 2015 Workshops

February 7 - 9, 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.

Library

Please click here for our full list of Books

Scholarship Program:

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.

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