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, 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.

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.


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.


2013-14 Meeting Program Schedule


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.


January 24-26, 2014

Joan Ruane - "Spinning Bast Fibers, Dyeing Cotton and Spinning Off The Point". Estimated cost based on 16 attendees is approximately $125 which includes $36 materials fees for the three days. Actual cost will vary depending on the final number of attendees. Sign up early with a $30 deposit.

Jan 24 - Waldemere Fire Station - Introduction to bast fibers for beginners to advanced spinners. Students must know how to use their wheels. Primary Goal: to introduce bast fibers and give students basic spinning techniques so they will be comfortable spinning these stifffer fibers.

Jan 25 - Salvation Army (where Guild meetings are held). We will be dyeing cotton, cotton lint a solid color, and painting on cotton silver. We will be spinning with the colored cotton in the afternoon creating wonderful new color blends.

Jan 26 - Waldemere Fire Station - Spinning off the point with cotton. Designed for beginners and advanced spinners.

February 18-20, 2014

Tracy Kaestner - "The Magic Of Color and Weave". Estimated Cost is $175. Actual cost will depend on the final number of attendees and expenses. Fiber kits for the workshop from Tracy's fine selection at Lone Star Loom Room are available from her at approximately $40 each. If you wish to have a kit, please include $40 in addition to the course fee when you register. Each day of workshop will be at the Waldemere Fire Station.

What exactly is Color and Weave and how does it work? Color and Weave affects allow the weaver to create complex looking fabrics using basic structures (plain weave and twill) and the use of contrasting (dark/light) threads. Familiar Color and Weave patterns are Log Cabin, Shadow Weave and Houndstooth. We will explore these patterns and more! The workshop will be set up round robin style, and participants will weave a sample from each warp, leaving wth an assortment of Color and Weave fabrics. Computer software will be used during the workshop to demonstrate the magic of Color and Weave.

To register for a course please send the estimated course cost (checks made to Manasota Weavers Guild) to:

Lynn Overton,Treasurer, Manasota Weavers Guild
834 Southern Pine Ln
Sarasota, FL 34243

If members of other guilds wish to participate in our workshops, please get in touch with Winnie Nelon.

All workshops will be held at the Waldemere Fire Station unless otherwise noted


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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