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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for list of
members and
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 together!

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 region!
The next MAWS Board Meeting will be
held during the
Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival in Hamilton, MT
June 12-14, 2015
Ravalli County Fairgrounds

Plan to attend!
    MAWS Business

    Read the MAWS BYLAWS - 2006 Revision
Past issues:

Work and Play
Retreat Information

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Save the dates
Conference June 24-26. 2016

Pre-conference with
Robyn Spady and more
June 22nd and 23rd, 2016

at the Flathead Lake
United Methodist Camp

Sarah Anderson           Robyn Spady
Marilyn Moore

Circular Sock Machine, Dyeing,
Wet-felting, Knitting

Conference Colors:  blue, green, and yellow
Registration opens Jan 15, 2016
Instructor Proposals due March 31, 2015
Work Retreat May 14-16, 2015
Potential Instructor
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Potential Instructor
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Kathy O'Hern
with comments or additions.