KAWS is Coming!

After cancelling the Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners annual conference in 2020, the Wichita Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild is happy to be hosting in 2021!

The conference will be held on November 5th – 8th in Augusta, Kansas, just a few miles east of Wichita. In addition to three workshops led by nationally-known weavers Molly Elkind and Chiaki O’Brien, we are planning some great activities for conference attendees:

  • Friday night open house and exhibit at the Guild’s home weaving studio and Fiber Arts Center of Wichita, located in Studio|School at 751 George Sashington Blvd. in Wichita
  • Breakout sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday for a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences
  • Vendor hall with 14 fiber vendors from Kansas, Oklahoma & Nebraska OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday evening Destash sale and open spin/weave/knit/whatever social time
  • Sunday morning tour of HLA Fiber Mill
  • And much more!

Get all the details, starting at our Schedule page, then register online and start planning!

  • Weaving Studio

Testing the Waters: In-Person Class

The pandemic slowed us all down, but it’s not stopping us! 

We are offering our first in-person-together class in May – Beginning Wheel Spinning.  It spans three Saturdays, and you can either bring your own wheel or borrow one for the duration of the class.

Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot – just complete the online form at the link above.

Creating your own yarn on a spinning wheel is magical – once you get past the first part. That’s kind of like riding a bike. It seems impossible at first, but when it clicks, Woo Hoo!!

The biggest decision may be whether to make something with your unique yarns, or just keep them for petting purposes.

We plan to add more in-person classes soon – if you have any requests, please let us know!

When you learn to spin, a whole new world of texture, color and fibers opens up. You’ll find yourself pondering the qualities of different wools, silk, cotton and other fibers, plus thinking about the infinite possibilities of color blends!