Promoting the Fiber Arts -
Weaving and Spinning
Felting and Embellishment
Knitting and Crocheting
Basketry and Tatting
Welcome to MAWS!
Community of Montana Fiber Artists

MAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the objective to "foster communication
between individuals and groups engaged in hand weaving and hand spinning."  

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in preserving, promoting, and learning
about fiber arts.  This includes, but is not limited to, hand spinning, hand weaving, felting,
basketry, bead work, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet work, tatting, or any other method of
creating and embellishing textiles.  

MAWS sponsors a state-wide biennial conference (held in one of six Montana locations on
a rotating basis) which includes lectures, workshops, seminars, juried shows, fashion
shows, and other activities which may be  of interest to fiber enthusiasts, as well as the
general business meeting of the organization.

In addition to eligibility for voting, holding office, and participation in the conferences, each
member receives a quarterly newsletter.  The MAWS newsletter lists regional fiber events,
and provides free classified ads to members.  MAWS also provides grants to member
guilds for learning opportunities held in non-conference years.  
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Membership in MAWS
    MAWS - It’s all about connection!

MAWS is a non - profit organization whose  purpose is to
promote and encourage fiber arts throughout the state of
Montana, and to help fiber artists forge links to their peers.

THE organization promotes interest in the fiber arts -
including weaving, spinning, felting, basketry and
associated fiber arts. The primary vehicle for this is the
MAWS Conference held every two years in a different city
in Montana. At this conference members have
the opportunity to study with top-notch instructors,
participate in shows, and meet others who share the same
passion for fiber arts.  A variety of vendors provide
equipment, books, fiber, and more.

MAWS strives to foster communication between individuals
and groups engaged in handcrafted fiber arts.

MAWS keeps members in touch through its quarterly

MAWS provides grants to guilds who wish to sponsor a
workshop, and are willing to open it to others in the state.
These workshops allow students to gain knowledge in
specific fiber arts from great instructors.

IN short, membership in MAWS is the best way to improve
your craft and meet others doing the same. In a state
where people are so spread apart, MAWS brings you

MEMBERSHIP privileges include the biannual conference,
MAWS newsletter, and access to great workshops.

THE annual membership fee is $8. You can join through
your local guild or as an individual.

Send your check to:
Linda Shellhammer, Treasurer
446 Tabriz Drive Billings,MT 59105  
406 259 9160    
Get the latest updates at the  
Each issue is packed with the latest
Fiber News from Montana and the
The 2014 "Get RUGged in Great Falls"
Conference was a smashing success.  Thanks
to the Great Falls Guild for their hard work, it
really paid off!  See the "Conference and
Events" page for photos.

The 2016 conference will be held at the
Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp at Rollins
on the west shore of Flathead Lake - dates
June 23 - 26, 2016.  Check the "Conference
and Events" page for updated information.
The baby Bichon swaddled in wool was a big hit
at the MAWS Conference!
photo by Dawn Ahlert
Fall 2014
Board Meeting

October 11, 2014
lunch at noon

Business Meeting
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Montana City School,
Montana City

Plan to attend!