Des Moines, Iowa

June 12-17, 2023

A Confluence of Threads 2023

The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild invites you to join us June 12-17, 2023, for the Midwest Weavers Association Conference 2023, A CONFLUENCE OF THREADS, to be held at Franklin Junior High Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. 

logo for the Midwest Weavers Association 2023 ConbferenceThis Conference will be unlike conferences of the past. Instead of the previous ‘pre- conference’ and ‘conference’ format, we are offering six days of classes, with a mix of class lengths throughout the week. Attendees can build their own schedule from 69 classes taught by 32 teachers, and come for any length of time, from one day to the whole week.

Attendees will pay only for the classes they enroll in. Because we are not holding this conference on a college campus, attendees will make their own arrangements for lodging and meals. We have blocks of rooms reserved for the conference at two hotels, and attendees have many more options for lodging in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

We plan to have food trucks available every day of the conference for lunch and dinner, and there are multiple restaurants within a short drive of Franklin. Franklin has plenty of free parking for attendees as well.

Registration will open on Saturday, January 21st at 10am central time and a link to the registration site will be posted here. 

Please check back for updates as we get closer to that date. In the meantime, review the class schedule and descriptions and identify your choices in advance so you are ready to go when registration opens. Also, please ensure that your Midwest Weavers Association membership is current prior to registering; if you joined or renewed on or after January 1, 2022, you are current

We are aware that some members are experiencing difficulty with their 2022-2023 membership renewals, and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you are one of these people, please be assured that this will not prevent you from registering for the conference. We will resolve the incomplete membership renewals as we process conference registrations. Thank you for your patience.

Class Schedule & Descriptions

View Class Schedule and Class Listing by Category pages.

Download a PDF (5.4 MB) of Class Descriptions and Instructor Bios.

  • Full-day classes run from 9am to 4:30pm with a lunch break. 
  • Half-day morning classes run from 9am to noon.
  • Half-day afternoon classes run from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Recent Schedule Changes

  • “Sizzle & Sputter of Crackle Weave” (Thu-Sat) has been canceled.

Fashion Show/Member Exhibit

There will not be a fashion show. Instead, we encourage you to enter in one or more categories of the Member Exhibit, with a 1st, 2nd and 3d cash prize in each of the 5 categories. Other prizes may be available, and announced at a later date. The categories for Member exhibits are: Home Decor (this includes baskets and wall hangings [not tapestry]), Tapestry, Linens, Wearable Accessories, and Handwoven Clothing (sewn, with more than one seam). In addition to the Member exhibits, we will also have a Teacher Exhibit and a Guild exhibit. We encourage Guilds to start planning now by choosing a theme and showing us the talent in your group!


Hotels with reservations for Conference attendees are as follows.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites – Des Moines Northwest
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
(515) 278-4755


  • Standard Two-Queen or King Executive $119++ plus 12% tax per night
  • Junior King or Extended Suites $149++ plus 12% tax per night
  • Family King Suites $169++ plus 12% tax per night
  • Family Double Queen Suites $189++ plus12% tax per night

Rates Include:  Two (2) vouchers each morning for Full Hot Breakfast at our own Bennigan’s Restaurant from 6:30am until 10:30am. On weekends, our Breakfast Buffet includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Danish, muffins, yogurt, cereals, fresh fruit, assorted juices, coffee, decaffeinated, Herbal teas and milk.

Be sure to provide the Group Name and Group Code below to receive the MWA conference rate at Holiday Inn.

  • Group Name: Midwest Weavers Confluence of Threads
  • Group Code: MWA

Reservations Deadline: May 22, 2023

To Reserve:
Call (515) 278-4755 or 800-HOLIDAY (800) 465-4329 or go to Midwest Weavers Association room block reservations.


Hotel Renovo
11167 Hickman Road
Urbandale, IA 50322
(515) 276-1126 

Rooms start at $136/night, including tax

Be sure to request a room with the Midwest Weavers Conference!


Our Vendor Hall will open Thursday, June 15 after classes and run through Saturday, June 17. The hall will be open exclusively to attendees on Thursday and Friday, and to the public as well on Saturday. Watch the website and our Facebook page for updates on Vendors.

Thursday Field Trip

Our Thursday Field Trip option is a trip by chartered bus to C&M Acres in Maxwell, IA, in the morning and the Iowa State University Textiles Museum in Ames, IA, in the afternoon. C&M Acres is an alpaca farm and fiber mill. Participants will tour the farm and mill operations, as well as their storefront, where you can purchase alpaca fiber, yarn, and finished products. After a lunch stop in Ames (where you will pay for your own lunch) a docent will give a tour of the Textiles museum at Iowa State University, and talk about the various textiles on display, with a light snack provided. The bus will leave Franklin Jr. High Events Center at 8am and return at 5pm.

Wednesday Meet & Greet

Join us on Wednesday evening, June 14 from 5-7pm for a Meet & Greet in the cafeteria of Franklin Jr. High. Wear something you have made and strut your stuff while visiting with fellow attendees and teachers over light snacks and beverages. No prior registration is required.

MWA General Meeting

The General Meeting of the Midwest Weavers Guild will be held Friday, June 16 from 6pm – 8pm  in the big auditorium at Franklin Jr. High. Business will be conducted, officers elected, and winners of the Exhibits will be announced at this meeting.

After the meeting, the Vendor Hall will be open to attendees until 10pm.


100% cotton T-shirts in heather blue with the ” A Confluence of Threads” logo in full color on the back. See what they look like

  • Sizes S, M, L and XL, $24.00
  • Sizes 2X, 3X and 4X, $26.00 

Please order at registration, as these will not be available for sale at the conference.  All shirts will be printed ahead of the conference for pick up at the registration desk.Maxwell