Confluence of Threads — Conference 2023

Des Moines, Iowa
June 12-17, 2023


Weave a traditional overshot pattern following the rules of overshot, then explore the many possibilities that can be woven using treadling from other types of

Techniques for making mixed-media collages that incorporate multiple materials and feature handwoven

Learn techniques of Diné wedge weaving and create a small rug on a traditional upright

Learn a wet-felting technique to make a classic hat shape using resist techniques and final shaping on a hat


Michigan born, Mary Zicafoose received her BFA from St. Mary’s College, a small women’s liberal arts college, the sister

Heather Winslow is a teacher and textile artist who is known and respected nationally. Her educational background is in

Kennita is a tapestry artist, author, and teacher living in Pottawatomie County, KS. She has a BFA in textiles

Margaret Stump has been weaving on pin looms for over 40 years. (Actually it is closer to 50, going

Deborah Silver is a BFA graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Fiber. Her weavings have been

Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion,

Marilou Schultz is a Navajo (Diné) from Arizona who learned the art of spinning and weaving at an early

Jenny Schu has been dabbling in various fiber art techniques since elementary school. While at the University of Michigan

Angela Schneider is a weaver, spinner, knitter, and enthusiast for all textile structures from the common to the esoteric.

Ellen is a retired physician with extensive background in adult learner education in medicine. She began a fiber arts

Regina Riley taught herself to coil pine needle baskets over 24 years ago. Since she has always had a

Chiaki O’Brien is a SAORI Leader Committee Certificate recipient. She finished a one year-course of SAORI Weaving at the

Lynn Novotnak learned to weave at Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, Wisconsin, in 1999. She went

Internationally recognized teacher John Mullarkey has been tablet weaving for over a decade.  His work has been displayed in

Sandy Michalik has been making baskets since the mid 1980s. Her first classes were taken at the local community

Receiving a Bachelor degree in Art Education and Master’s degree in art education with an emphasis in fibers, Betty

Jennie Hawkey is a weaver, weaving teacher and the owner of Hopewell Weaving. She has woven for over 30

Megan Hammer creates fiber art to embrace the textures of nature. She combines fibrous texture with intricate details to

Melba Granlund is a Scandinavian textile artist and instructor with a passion and reverence for older, traditional techniques. She

Jan Friedman has been weaving since 1974 and received an BA in Art Education and an M.A. In Textile

Susan Frame was inspired to learn how to weave from her Uncle Harold’s woven purses and cloth completed in

Donna Foley is a weaver and natural dyer and after more than 30 years at the loom, she is

Lynn Caldwell has been teaching kumihimo since 2003. As the executive director of Fine Line Creative Arts Center in

Nancy Crampton took her first weaving class in 1967 and she knew this was “it.” The joke in her

Beth Duncan has been teaching at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois, for several years, with

Phyllis Carlyle is a retired Graphic Designer and Clothing Designer. Highlights of her career include a decade creating custom

Sandy Cahill is the owner and operator of “Be Weave Me” textile art business.  With her BFA in Design,

Sharon Bowles has been teaching beginning weaving out of her home studio for 21 years. She has taught programs

Layna Bentley is a hand weaver, textile artist, teacher and antique button collector. She has been hand weaving for

Amanda Baxter is a weaver, yarn-dyer and owner of Shiny Dime Fibers ( Prior to living in Indiana, she

With an elementary school teacher and a college professor for parents, Chris naturally fell into teaching. Throughout her career

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