Here at the Weavers Guild office the buzz about the upcoming Midwest Weavers Conference, Urban Fiber with a Minnesota Twist, has been building for years. A diligent core team of volunteers has been devoted to building a set of workshops, seminars, and lectures second to none. It’s no secret that Minnesotans like to be the best, and that’s the aim with the conference coming up quickly in June – we want to make it the best conference ever. Registrations from long-time Midwest Weavers Association members have flown in; we want to make sure our own members are aware of this great opportunity.
Mark your calendars now! Preconference workshops will be held on June 15-17 and the conference itself on June 19-20.
All the activities will be on the beautiful and welcoming campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul (except for some classes held at the Textile Center).
June 15-17 — Preconference workshops feature local teaching stars and national instructors, including Diane Totten, Sue Wilson, and Jennifer Moore.
June 18 – Bus tours of the Twin Cities. (You know how you often wait until out-of-town guests to come before you take advantage of the wonderful things our city has to offer? Here’s your chance to visit local textile landmarks you’ve been intending to visit–plus the bonus of expert guides at each spot.)
June 18 – Keynote Speaker, Catherine Friend: “Weaving Chaos: A Life of Wool, Writing, and Disobedient Sheep”
June 19 – Fashion Show! Kala Exworthy is coordinating a handwoven extravaganza, and has already begun a bright plaid wool parka for the “Coats and Capes for all Seasons” category. There will be prizes and ribbons galore, and after the runway show, the entries will be displayed for up close viewing and People’s Choice voting.
June 19-20 — At the conference, choose from over 50 seminars.
Throughout the conference – Six special member exhibits and the guild exhibit will inspire you with the best weaving from our region of the country. (Could you be creative in one of these categories, like “Mississippi River Currents?”) Again, there will be prizes and amazing ribbons woven by Keith Pierce and Jane Connett. The ribbons are done in pick-up band weaving, and based on traditional ethnic patterns. They just completed the fourth-place ribbons in beautiful grays and reds.
Shopping — This is a fabulous opportunity to buy all the yarn you need for a summer of projects. Start early Christmas shopping too!
Sign up now to join your weaving and spinning colleagues from around the country (and maybe even Germany) for days of education and weaving inspiration. The deadline for early registration is March 13. (After that the registration fee increases by $50.) REGISTRATION CLOSES on April 17.