Open to the Public

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association’s conference is about more than just workshops. Many events are open to the public. Even if you can’t come for the whole weekend, please join us and partake in some of these exciting fiber opportunities. Check out the days’ events below.

Have some spare time? Volunteer to be an exhibit monitor or a vendor helper. Contact Elizabeth Ator at volunteercoordinator@mafafiber.org

Too far to drive home after all the fun? Stay the night! For $55 per night you get a dorm room like those of your fellow guild members. Join your friends in the Dining Hall for all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch or dinner (for an additional cash payment.) Reserve a room by selecting the “Day Tripper” option in our online registration system. 

Keep track of schedule changes and demonstrations on the Conference Schedule.

Day/Time Demonstrations, exhibits and events Location

Thursday, July 20

1 – 7 pm Marketplace and Demonstrations Open Marauder Court, SMC
1 – 2 pm Set-up and Use of the Traditional “Barn” Looms, by Bobbin Boy Demo Marauder Court, SMC
3:30 – 4:30 pm Using 18th and 19th Century Equipment, by Bobbin Boy Demo Marauder Court, SMC

Friday, July 21

7:30 – 8:30 am Weave a Real Peace (WARP) Meeting Reighard Multipurpose Room, SMC
12 noon – 10 pm Marketplace, Fashion Showcase, Sample Exchange Exhibit, and Demonstrations Open Marauder Court, SMC
1 – 4 pm Knit-in Marauder Court, SMC
1 – 2 pm History and Use of the Knitting Sheath and Belt, by Bobbin Boy Demo Marauder Court, SMC
2:15 – 3:15 pm All Wools are Not Created Equal, by Gretchen Frederick, Solitude Wool Demo Marauder Court, SMC
3:30 – 4:30 pm Surface Embellishments on the Rigid Heddle Loom, by Sara Bixler, Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center Demo Marauder Court, SMC
5 – 8 pm Fiber Equipment Assessments and Answers, by Bobbin Boy Q&A Marauder Court, SMC
7 – 10 pm Marketplace ‘Shop ‘til You Drop’ Marauder Court, SMC
7 – 8 pm Spinning Games, hosted by Tom Knisley Marauder Court, SMC
7 – 9 pm Book Signings Marauder Court, SMC

Saturday, July 22

12 noon – 8 pm Marketplace, Fashion Showcase, Sample Exchange Exhibit, and Demonstrations Open Marauder Court, SMC
1 – 4 pm Spin-in Marauder Court, SMC
2:15 – 3:15 pm The Traditional Double-Drive Wheel: Set-Up, Uses, and Single Drive Variations, by Bobbin Boy Demo Marauder Court, SMC
3:30– 4:30 pm Not Just Plain Weave! Double Heddle and Supplemental Pick-up on the Rigid Heddle Loom, by Sara Bixler, Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center Demo Marauder Court, SMC
5 – 6 pm Sheep and Wool in Story and Song, by Martha Owen and Melissa Weaver-Dunning Musical Reighard Multipurpose Room, SMC
6 – 8 pm Fiber Equipment Assessments and Answers, by Bobbin Boy Q&A Marauder Court, SMC
7 – 9 pm Open Studio, Self-guided walking tour of workshops. Breidenstine, Caputo, Hash-Bassler, Osburn, SMC, Byerly/Susan P. Luek Hall ‡.
‡ Byerly Hall is being renamed to Susan P. Luek Hall in 2017