Conference  June 25-28, 2020
Post Conference Workshops June 28 – 30, 2020
Carroll College, Helena Montana


Maws 2020 is on the Horizon…Currently it is A VISION, soon to become a reality! The members of the Helena Guild want to remind fellow MAWS members that Your Participation is what makes the conference shows so extra special!


Each Guild is encouraged to present a display of their work that is VISIONARY! Display space will be available to each Guild to present a group project or educational guided study.  Ribbons will be given in several categories.


Start planning now to enter something in this exhibit!  It is always a highlight of the conference. Categories will be announced this summer, but you can be assured that your creation will have a place in this show!! Make your piece the epitome of Perfect 2020 Vision! Ribbons and Prizes will be awarded based on the juror’s recommendations. Each MAWS member can submit three pieces in the OPEN SHOW.


Starting with Daryl Lancaster’s 2 day workshop June 1-2, 2019, members will have a head start on creating some of the most dazzling fashions MAWS has ever seen!! Start planning now for a show stopping handwoven and/or handspun garment or accessory for the FASHION SHOW!!  Awards will be given based on People’s Choice voting. WE are counting on YOU to make this the best Fashion Show ever!


The 2020 Crew is open to any ideas that you feel would enhance the conference… let us know!! We will explore possibilities for new VISIONS IN FIBER!! Keep in touch and send ideas through the MAWS or Helena Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild websites!

THINK MAWS 2020 --------THINK HELENA-----------THINK JUNE 25-28, 2020-------------THINK FUN!!! 
Daryl Lancaster 2 day workshop - Weave a Wardrobe!

Hold onto your seats, this is a whirlwind tour of creating great garments from handwoven cloth. Starting with design inspiration, sett choices, sampling and finishing the cloth, we will then move onto fitting garments, making a muslin, and then cover basic sewing techniques for handwoven fabrics. The second day will cover creative seam and edge finishes for handwoven fabrics and some terrific closures.

Daryl Lancaster, a handweaver and fiber artist known for her handwoven garments, has been sewing for more than 45 years. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she frequently contributes to various weaving publications.       

Students may bring garments for evaluation.

ENROLLMENTis unlimited - lecture format 

Handout fee is $20.00

Saturday, June 01, 2019
9AM – 4PM

Sunday, June 02, 2019
9AM – 4PM

Carroll College, 1601 N Benton Avenue, Helena, Montana, 59625

Overnight rooms available at Carroll College in suite style residence hall for $30.00 per night with a one-time linen fee of $8.00. The suites allow a shared living space, a small cooking space and a private bath with two vanities located in suite hallway. Each room locks individually within the suite. Most suites are 4 bedrooms but we have a few that are two bedrooms. We also have rooms specifically outfitted for handicapped access. Fees paid directly to Carroll College upon arrival. 
Please email [email protected] if you are interested in staying at the college.

Carroll College will be serving in their dining room:
Breakfast - $8.03, Lunch - $9.46, Dinner - $10.93.
Please email [email protected] if you are interested in meals at the college.

Cost of the 2 day workshop is $25.
Available online at:

or mail a $25 check to:
Helena Weavers and Spinners Guild
c/o Dawn Ahlert
PO Box 429
McAllister, MT   59740

Partially funded by Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners – MAWS.​
Helena Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild members,
I wanted to pass along this information regarding a "Save the Reef" fiber arts exhibit being organized by Doris Florig. She was the keynote speaker and a teacher at the MAWS Conference in Big Sky this past summer.  She lives and teaches at the Tetons Science Schools in Wyoming part of the year and spends the other part living on a sailboat. She is looking for people who would like to weave tapestries and do felting for this exhibit.  There is some more information in the attachments and in her own words below. Anyone interested can email her at [email protected] or you can follow the project on Instagram.
In Doris' own words: 
            "Save the REEF is a collaborative project and will be constantly growing and evolving. Soon, I can send pictures of the installation in its growing stages. It is coming together but in this stage I can only share the images with people when I learn that they are capable of imagining the potential and the possibilities. I would like to get to know your members who would be interested in doing tapestries and felting. Once I know their interest and skills, I can lead them towards making pieces that add to the overall look. Please pass on my email address [email protected] Feel free to show the proposal of SAVE the REEF to others.
            Another way to learn about the project is to follow me on instagram. Quality art is essential, but I believe that once I learn about the individuals and their skills we can present fine art to the public while communicating an important conservation message." 
Leader of the SAVE the REEF effort
Allison Grove

The links below are two videos about the loom project at the Montana Historical Society. 


Helena Weavers and Spinners Guild is a member of the

Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners