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

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
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    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

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

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

Send your check to:
Marian Stratton, Treasurer
2120 3rd
Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Felted Handbags
Close up shots of various works by MAWS members Judie
Overbeek, Vanetta Burton, and Susan Lohmuller.
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2014 MAWS Conference
Complete class list and registration are available.