About Us

Our 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.

Managing Board (2022-2023):

  • President – Clara Carroll
  • Vice-President (vacant)
  • Secretaries – Linda Leparulo & Karen Simpson
  • Treasurer – Winnie Nelon
  • Immediate Past President – Jana Catuccio

Standing Committee Chairs (2022-2023):

  • Programs – Valerie Sharir
  • Membership – Norma Coupland
  • Technology/Webmaster – Pam Rathmell
  • Librarian – Susan Ott
  • Community Outreach – Jana Catuccio
  • Donations – Jozette Stubbe
  • Asset Management – Linda Leparulo
  • Publicity (vacant)
  • Historian (vacant)
  • Sunshine – Ginny Schuele
  • Newsletter – Krissy Seel
  • Workshops – Barb Cabral
  • Scholarships – Ellen Turner


Non-Profit Status:

Manasota Weavers Guild 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 which may be tax-deductable. Please contact the Donations Committee if you are interested in donating such items as looms, spinning wheels, or similar. The Guild is also happy to receive donations of clean yarn and small weaving/spinning accessories. Donated items 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.


The Manasota Weavers Guild received the Gavel Award from the Sarasota Herald Tribune for its work in public education. Individual members have also received awards for their work from various state and national associations.