Welcome to the MAFA 2023 Mini Virtual Conference!
July 8 & 9, 2023

MAFA is trying something new this conference year. After the great response to the 2021 virtual conference as well as our ongoing virtual classes and lectures, and since we know not everyone can attend the in-person conference in June, we have planned a two-day virtual event for July.

With two full days of virtual classes, lectures, and other events, we think there will be something for everyone. Download the brochure and full schedule HERE.

  • • Three dozen virtual classes – some hands-on, some lecture/demos.
  • • Sign up for as many or as few classes as you like. Classes will be recorded and available to watch for 30 days after the Mini. So, you don’t need to worry about classes overlapping!
  • • Our lunchtime lecture on Saturday, July 8th will be with Dawn Hoeg of Stitch Buffalo. Hear the story of what led her to begin working with refugee women artisans in her community, and how that experiment in community building through simple hand embroidery gradually transformed into a diverse and thriving textile arts center.
  • • Join us on Sunday, July 9th for our lecture with Jane Dunnewold – Living with the Paradoxes of Creative Community. MAFA 2021 attendees will remember her moving talk at the virtual conference. We’re delighted to check in with her two years later as we have all found new ways to build community and be creative.
  • • Informal morning coffees.
  • • Yoga for Crafters with Gigi Matthews.
  • • Saturday Fiber Trivia Night with Jen Weber.
  • • Closing Session with Show & Tell.

Registration for the Mini will open April 1, 2023, at 9 a.m. (EDT)

  • • Enroll in the Conference Pass for only $10 for access to all non-class events: morning coffees, lunchtime lectures, fiber trivia, yoga, show & tell.
  • • Class fees will be $35 for 2-hour sessions, and $50 for 3-hour sessions.
  • • Classes will run 10 a.m. to Noon and 2 – 4 p.m. or 2 – 5 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • • Sign up for as many or as few classes as you like. Classes and lectures will be recorded and available to watch on Lessonface for 30 days.
  • • Find our virtual FAQs and cancellation policy here:

Questions? Email us at

Conference Pass

The Conference Pass includes all the non-class events during the Mini. Enroll in the pass for access to:
• Informal morning coffees.on Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 a.m.
• Yoga for Crafters with Gigi Matthews, Saturday and Sunday, 9-9:30 a.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.
• Saturday Lunchtime Lecture with Dawn Hoeg of Stitch Buffalo
• Fiber Trivia Night with Jen Weber and Evening Drop-In, Saturday, 7 - 9 p.m.
• Sunday Lunchtime Lecture with Jane Dunnewold.
• Closing Session with Show & Tell, Sunday, 5:30-6 p.m.

Click here to sign up for the Conference Pass.

MAFA 2023 Mini Virtual Conference - Practice Session

Thursday, June 29, at 7 pm ET | 4 pm PT - Learn More and Sign Up



Sewing, Embroidery, Surface Embellishment




About MAFA

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region. Although MAFA is best known for its biennial conference - and now for virtual programs - the all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization also provides ongoing financial grants, fellowships and scholarships to promote education, development and public outreach in the fiber arts.

For more information on registration access and closure, class cancellations, refund policy & more, please visit the MAFA FAQS page. Also check out MAFA's virtual landing page:

If you are a member of a fiber arts guild in the Mid-Atlantic region, check the Find a Guild page to see if your guild is a MAFA member (which makes you a member). If not, or if you live out of the area, please consider joining MAFA as an Associate member here.


Meet Lessonface, PBC

Lessonface's mission is to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably. Since 2012, we've hosted more than 30,000 students and 2,000 teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons and classes online.

More about Lessonface here.