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


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, Knitting, 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 Pam Smith 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 (FAB).


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.


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 are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month September through May, at the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, 1226 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (located behind The Designing Women Boutique).


2017 - 2018 Meeting Program Schedule

(Subject to change. Contact Guild President, Priscilla Fort, to confirm program content)


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.

Please click here to download our Membership Application

Contact our Membership Chairman, Donna McGinnis, for any further information.

Fall 2017 Workshop

Khmer Hol (Weft Ikat) and Indigo Dye Workshop for Weavers and Knitters

(Manasota Weavers' Guild membership required)

November 3rd, November 11th and November 17th

Description: Offered by Barb Cabral, this workshop focuses on learning the techniques used by Cambodian artists to create patterned woven fabrics and also how to design patterned yarns for knitting. Working with natural fibers (cotton, silk, or wool) and indigo dye, yarns will be tied and dyed during the workshop. The yarns will not be woven or knit during the workshop, they will be taken home wet. Weaving with resist dyed yarns will be demonstrated.

Day 1: Friday, November 3, 2017 at Palmetto Library, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Khmer textile samples will be studied and participants will be taught how to graph designs, how to calculate yarn lengths, and how to resist tie weft threads. For spinners and knitters, techniques used to create space dyed yarns for random and controlled patterns will be covered, with additional information for knitters on how to design controlled patterns.

Participants will pick a design, wind yarns, and begin working on tying the resist patterns. Additional tying can be done at home before Day 2, the dye day. The yarns must be a natural fiber and can be white, or a bright color to start with. (Light colors can be used but are not as effective as bright colors.) All will be dyed with indigo.

Day 2: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Sarasota Cultural Arts Center (morning of Guild Meeting)

extra work time for tying

Day 3: Dye Day, Friday, November 17, 2017, Art Center Manatee, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Indigo dyed samples will be studied and the use of indigo discussed. Indigo dye process will be taught including safe handling of chemicals, preparation and maintenance of an indigo pot. A variety of techniques used to control the dye and depth of color will be demonstrated. This will be followed by the preparation of indigo dye pots. Small groups will work together to prepare a dye pot and share it. The primary objective will be to dye the resisted yarns previously prepared. Additionally, samples will be dyed to show the colors achieved by overdying a variety of colors with indigo. Solid color yarn for use with the patterned yarns may also be dyed.

No previous experience needed.

Maximum 20 participants. $126 per person with ten participants. $50 deposit will hold space in workshop. Open to MWG, balance due October 15. Make check out to Manasota Weavers Guild, and send to Lynn Brusky, MWG Treasurer, 3720 Belmont Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232. Note name of seminar on check.

Winter 2018 Workshop


February 12 - 14, 2018

Sarah Fortin is offering this workshop which teaches a loom controlled method of creating folds, pleats, tucks, gathers and puckers. Students will learn to dress their looms with two warps, creating a supplementary warp beam for the second beam if their looms are not equipped with two beams and two breaking systems. They weill learn to weave the two layers separately and simulutaneously to from tucks and gathered areas. Tubular weave and the weaving of pockets may also be explored.

Students will be shown how to dress the loom back to front as well as some weaving hints and tricks to create the 3-D effect. Bring your own warping board and yarn for two warps, the specifics of which will be sent to you prior to the workshop. This structure provides a wide range of unexplored possibilities for uses in fashion and home decor. Skill Level: Advanced Beginnner +

Registration open to MWG members until October 1st, then open to anyone. Deadline for all registrations is December 1, 2017.

COSTS: Estimated cost based on 10 participants is $195, plus $5.00 material fee. A fifty dollar deposit will hold a spot in the class. Make check out to "Manasota Weavers Guild", noting the name of the workshop on the check. Send check to:

Lynn Brusky
MWG Treasurer
3720 Belmont BLvd
Sarasota, FL 34232

Please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Margarete Griffiths, for any further information on either workshop.


Please click here for our full list of Books, Periodicals and DVD's

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 Barbara Cabral, our Scholarship Chair.


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