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.

Programs will not be mailed. 

Instead, registration for classes and entering an exhibit will be done online beginning in January 2023. 

Class Schedule & Descriptions

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!

Vendors & Thursday Tour

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.

An all-day tour of a local Alpaca Farm and Fiber Mill plus Iowa State University’s Textile Collection will be available on Thursday, June 15. You can sign up for this tour at the time of registration.