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MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA)

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

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 Planning is well under way for MidAtlantic Fiber Association's (MAFA) 2017 conference, A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities. Request for instructor proposals has been posted with deadline Feb. 15, 2016. http://mafafiber.org/PDF/MAFA-PROPOSAL-LETTER-WITH-LOGO.pdf

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Could the owner of this group please contact me? I am working with MAFA to coordinate its social medial channels and would love to have the owner of this group join our SM team.

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Registration Ending Soon.

 

Life is ALWAYS going to be crazy-busy. Get away for a little while and recharge your batteries--you owe it to yourself and the people who depend on you.

Give yourself a chance to learn something new, or explore in depth a topic you love.  Enjoy the friendship, sharing, and support that happens only when fiber folk take a  few days to live and learn together.  Expand your horizons and gain inspiration.

There are still openings in the MAFA Workshop Weekend classes:

* Make two baskets with Wendy Jensen (whose October workshops at Rhinebeck are already closed)

* Did you just weave something the same color as what you're wearing? Again? Let Betty Vera help you break out of your color prison.

* Personalize your weaving in whole new way with block name drafting.

* Discover the meditative joy of doing kumihimo on the marudai (it's actually simpler than doing it on a foam disk!)

* Master your scary new 8-shaft loom and explore the intricacies of point twills. 

* Spin cashmere, the ultimate fiber.

* Leave the cookbooks behind!  Develop your own weaving recipes. Karen Donde will show you how.

* Learn kakishibu, a rare technique to dye for. 

* Get started on your fiber journey.  MAFA offers novice (absolute beginner) classes in both spinning and weaving. 

 

...and 15 other classes.  You can get a brochure with complete descriptions of classes and instructors at http://mafafiber.org/brochure2013-3.pdf.

 

Why MAFA?

* Conference fee includes room and board--you don't have to worry about expensive, overbooked conference hotels or overpriced convention-center food.</br>

* Workshops designed for in-depth learning and exploration. You can focus and learn--and you won't burn all your vacation days doing so.

* Open studio night allows you to visit the other classes, see what they're doing, and speak with the instructor. This is a rare and valuable experience.

* Participant-run fashion show that allows you to show and talk about your work and to celebrate the achievements of others.

 

But time IS running out!

 

The following classes have already closed: Tied Weaves, Blended Drafts, Supplementary Warp, and Weaving with Silk. Many, including some of the ones I mentioned, are close to being full.

 

Register soon, and save $35 (you'll want it to spend at the vendors).  Late registration starts May 15 and ends May 20.

 

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Registration Ending Soon.Life is ALWAYS going to be crazy-busy. Get away for a little while and recharge your batteries--you owe it to yourself and the people who depend on you.Give yourself a chance to learn something new, or explore in depth a topic you love.  Enjoy the friendship, sharing, and support that happens only when fiber folk take a  few days to live and learn together.  Expand your horizons and gain inspiration.There are still openings in the MAFA Workshop Weekend classes:* Make two baskets with Wendy Jensen (whose October workshops at Rhinebeck are already closed)* Did you just weave something the same color as what you're wearing? Again? Let Betty Vera help you break out of your color prison.* Personalize your weaving in whole new way with block name drafting.* Discover the meditative joy of doing kumihimo on the marudai (it's actually simpler than doing it on a foam disk!)* Master your scary new 8-shaft loom and explore the intricacies of point twills. * Spin cashmere, the ultimate fiber.* Leave the cookbooks behind!  Develop your own weaving recipes. Karen Donde will show you how.* Learn kakishibu, a rare technique to dye for. * Get started on your fiber journey.  MAFA offers novice (absolute beginner) classes in both spinning and weaving. ...and 15 other classes.  You can get a brochure with complete descriptions of classes and instructors at http://mafafiber.org/brochure2013-3.pdf.Why MAFA?* Conference fee includes room and board--you don't have to worry about expensive, overbooked conference hotels or overpriced convention-center food.</br>* Workshops designed for in-depth learning and exploration. You can focus and learn--and you won't burn all your vacation days doing so.* Open studio night allows you to visit the other classes, see what they're doing, and speak with the instructor. This is a rare and valuable experience.* Participant-run fashion show that allows you to show and talk about your work and to celebrate the achievements of others.But time IS running out!The following classes have already closed: Tied Weaves, Blended Drafts, Supplementary Warp, and Weaving with Silk. Many, including some of the ones I mentioned, are close to being full.Register soon, and save $35 (you'll want it to spend at the vendors).  Late registration starts May 15 and ends May 20.

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MAFA Workshop Weekend 2011

July 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2011 at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA

Full CONFERENCE CATALOG is now available at www.mafafiber.org

Register early as classes are filling quickly.

WEAVING

  • Alderman, Sharon “Color and Weave Effects”
  • Berent, Mary “8/2 Cotton--Versatile, Beautiful and Inexpensive”
  • Butler, Su “Easy Pickup
  • Collingwood, Jason “4-End Blockweave (Taquete)"
  • Dam, Inge “Incorporating Tablet Weaving into Garments
  • Dunning, Melissa “18th and 19th Century Linens
  • Fortin, Sarah “Shadow Weave: More than Two Colors
  • Henneberger, Karel “Novice Weaving--This Is a Loom; This is a Shuttle”
  • Herbster, Barbara “ Leno: Exploring Finger Manipulated Lace Weaves”
  • Irwin, Bobbie “Creative Overshot
  • Knisely, Tom “Huck Lace: Pushing the Boundaries of Tradition
  • Leslie Ruby “The 3-Ds of 3-D: Deflection, Differential Shrinkage and Double Weave”
  • Sanders, Nadine “A Rumplestiltskin Adventure: Double Weave Overlay for Rugs and Runners
  • Segal, Claudia “Don’t Treadle--Go Rigid Heddle
  • Smith, Mimi “Building With Blocks”
  • Spady, Robin “Extreme Warp Makeover
  • Vera, Betty “’Planned” Color Surprises: Weaving with Variegated Yarns
  • Walker, Barbara “Stripes With An Attitude
  • West, Virginia “Advancing Twill: Sampler to Scarf
  • Winslow, Heather “Theo Moorman Inlay Technique Adapted to Clothing

SPINNING

  • Hallman, Eileen “Exploring the Versatility of the Charka”
  • Jenkins, Sally “Novice Spinning
  • Schroer, Andrea Mielke “ Intermediate Spinning
  • Wood, Carol/ MacCrea, Debbie “Complex Color from Natural Dyes: Color Blending & Spinning"

AND MORE

  • Diefenderfer, Barbara “Simply Casual or Elegant Tops
  • Koehler, James “Tapestry Techniques”
  • Lancaster, Daryl “ Fiber Boot Camp: Oh the Possibilities
  • MacGregor, Pamela “ Bound Book of Felting Techniques"
  • Searle, Karen “ Uncharted Territory: Knit and Crochet for Sculpture and Jewelry
  • Stewart, Terri: ”Transparency 101
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When will we know if we got the class we requested with our registration?

Rena in Delaware

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Unofficial reply: The registrar will "balance" the classes so that MAFA can run as many as financially possible (this is an advantage of being a not-for-profit).  She can't do this until regular registration ends.  If you got into a class that has closed, you've probably already been contacted.  As for the other classes--the registrar and Board have to determine which classes can run and which will need to be cancelled for insufficient enrollment.

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Unofficial reply: The registrar will "balance" the classes so that MAFA can run as many as financially possible (this is an advantage of being a not-for-profit).  She can't do this until regular registration ends.  If you got into a class that has closed, you've probably already been contacted.  As for the other classes--the registrar and Board have to determine which classes can run and which will need to be cancelled for insufficient enrollment.

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Unofficial reply: The registrar will "balance" the classes so that MAFA can run as many as financially possible (this is an advantage of being a not-for-profit).  She can't do this until regular registration ends.  If you got into a class that has closed, you've probably already been contacted.  As for the other classes--the registrar and Board have to determine which classes can run and which will need to be cancelled for insufficient enrollment.

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If you will be in the NYC metro area Nov 13-14th

Jockey Hollow Handweavers is hosting their 17th annual Exhibit and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14th, 10-5, at the Brookside Community Center near Mendham, New Jersey. (Just west of Morristown, along Route 24.)

Find art-to-wear, accessories, gifts for the home, and of course ongoing weaving and spinning demos. Spike (the angora bunny) will be making an appearance daily. (Yes, he is one of the more popular attractions of our annual sale!)

This event is free and open to the public. Onsite parking and handicapped entrance available.

If you want to learn more, please visit www.jockeyhollowweavers.org