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: mafafiber.org/virtual/faq.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
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.
- Warping the Loom Front to Back!, Daryl Lancaster (July 8)
- Profile Drafts for Dummies, Laurie Duxbury (July 8)
- Great Weave Structures for Color and Texture using Novelty Yarns, Robyn Spady (July 8)
- Breaking Waves: My Approach to Weaving with a Fan Reed, Amy Putansu (July 8)
- Collage: Design Tool and Art Form, Molly Elkind (July 8)
- Four Shafts Aren’t Complex? Au Contraire!, Robyn Spady (July 8)
- Throw in the Towel: Information and Inspiration, Gail Pilgrim (July 9)
- Turning Overshot into Doubleweave with Design Software, Jen Weber (July 9)
- Meet Summer and Winter, Laurie Duxbury (July 9)
- Designing and Weaving Color-and-Weave Effects, Robyn Spady (July 9)
- Create Pictograms in Weaving Drafts Using Sketchpad in Fiberworks, Maryse Giroux (July 15)
- Couture Passementerie through the Eyes of a Fiber Artist, Robyn Spady (July 9)
- Making Yarn On A Spindle, Cynthia Haney (July 8)
- Inspirational Blending Workshop, Dia Robinson (July 8)
- Mastering Intentional Spinning for Exceptional Yarn, Alanna Wilcox (July 8)
- Spindle Exploration, Cynthia Haney (July 9)
- Sustainable Spinning: Making Art Yarn with Eco-Friendly Ingredients, Gigi Matthews (July 9)
- The Disposition of Color Blending, Dia Robinson (July 9)
- The Spinner's Toolkit: Techniques and Tools for Exceptional Fiber, Alanna Wilcox (July 9)
- Twisted Shibori, David Heustess (July 8)
- Incredible Ice Dye, Jessica Kaufman (July 8)
- Eco-Printing: Releasing Nature's Secrets, Dawn Edwards (July 9)
- Suminagashi and Japanese Stab Bound Books, David Heustess (July 9)
- Batik on Fabric: Woodblocks, Beeswax, and Dye, Jessica Kaufman (July 9)
- Dyeing Reproducibly: A Chemists Guide to Consistent Color, Jen Weber (July 9)
Sewing, Embroidery, Surface Embellishment
- Make a Zipper Bag With Your Handwoven Material, Mary Mandarino (July 8)
- How to Make Dorset Buttons, Denise Kovnat (July 8)
- Twist and Stitch: Saeksilnubi - Hand Quilting with Mulberry Paper, Youngmin Lee (July 8)
- Writing With A Needle, Rosalind Wyatt (July 9)
- Japanese Clothing Charms and Garment Embellishments, John Marshall (July 9)
- Ssamsol Jogakbo: Stitching and Wishing Happiness, Youngmin Lee (July 9)
- Intro to Tunisian Crochet, Edie Eckman (July 8)
- Fabulous Felt Flowers, Dawn Edwards (July 8)
- The Well-Rounded Designer, Edie Eckman (July 8)
- Understanding Symbol Crochet, Edie Eckman (July 9)
- Design Your Own Crochet Borders, Edie Eckman (July 9)
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: mafafiber.org/virtual
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.
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