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 years.  
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for list of
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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
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 newsletter.

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 $10 (raised from $8/yr beginning 10/2015). You can join through your local guild or as an

Send your check to:
Linda Shellhammer, Treasurer
446 Tabriz Drive Billings,MT 59105  
406 259 9160    
Membership in MAWS
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 at the Fibers on the
Flathead Conference in June 2016.  Contact
Callantine for agenda or other information.
    MAWS Business

    Read the MAWS BYLAWS -
    2006 Revision
Past issues:
Click on the map of
Montana to find
Montana Fiber
Montana Fiber Places!
Increase the size of a region on the map to
read the individual labels.  Email
Kathy O'Hern
with comments or additions.
Fibers on the Flathead
June 22-26, 2016

For MAWS Members Only!  You may join MAWS during
the registration process.  

Hosted by the
Alpine Weavers and Spinners Guild, at the
Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp at Rollins on the
west shore of Flathead Lake

Go to the
"Conferences and Events" page for
registration information.
Current Issue, April 2016
Weavers Named to MCAM

Congratulations to Sarah Pilgrim and Bev Polk, both weavers from  
Wilsall, Montana.  Sarah and Bev were recently named to the Montana
Circle of American Masters in the Folk and Traditional Arts.

The State program celebrates Montana's heritage and showcases the
folk arts.  The program recognizes artists for artistic excellence and for
preserving the State's cultural heritage.

Read more about Sarah and Bev