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What to know before you register

Masks covering the nose will be required for all events
except while eating.
In the event that the conference is cancelled due to COVID,
registration fees will be refunded.

  • Early bird conference registration fee is $100 through Oct. 10, then $125.
  • Register for the full conference and get a discount on workshop fees!
  • See registration form for promo codes for half day ($25 off) and full day ($50 off) workshops.
  • Pay with credit card (NO PayPal account required) or choose to pay by check.
  • Reserve your hotel room before Oct. 21st for the conference rate.

Molly Elkind Workshop on Friday – $175 before discount. Check in begins at 8:30 am for participants; workshop runs from 9 am – 4 pm, with time for a quick lunch on your own. Bring a sack lunch or make a run to Dillon’s (closest) or to fast food restaurants on 7th Street (Highway 54/400), near the hotel. See workshops page for detailed information.

Friday Night Open House – The Wichita Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild cordially invites you to join us at Studio|School in the historic 1924 Willard Elementary school building at 751 George Washington Boulevard in Wichita from 6 – 8 pm. You can tour our weaving studio, browse the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments. This will be a First Friday, so other studios may be open to visitors. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Wichita on your way back to Augusta. Map with directions from Augusta.

VendorsFourteen vendors from across the region will have booths set up for your shopping convenience! They will have all kinds of fiber goods, from raw fiber to hand-dyed yarn, tools, accessories and finished products. This is a great opportunity to see fiber and other products in person, not just on a screen! For those with online stores, you may wish to contact them about placing an order online ahead of time to pick up onsite; this will not only save shipping costs, but will guarantee that they have the specific items you need.

Please share this information with friends who may not attend the conference!

Notes for Vendors – We’ll be open for you to set up on Friday from 1 – 4 pm and/or on Saturday morning starting at 7:30 am. Remember to check in! There will be a hold harmless agreement for vendor to sign on check in, and you’ll get your booth space assignment. Please leave your door prize contribution at the registration table. We will draw for those during the luncheon, so if you contribute a ‘gift certificate’ to your booth, the winner will be able to shop in the afternoon. Takedown will begin at 5 pm, and we ask that you not start early.

Guild Tables – These are a traditional feature of KAWS conferences, and always a big draw! The conference theme “A Thread Runs Through Us” can be interpreted any way you like. Each guild needs to select a member to coordinate and set up. Please contact Nancy Squire to reserve a table for your guild, and let her know if you have any questions. Bring a sign with your guild’s name and a table cloth for your 8′ long rectangular table. You may set up on Friday between 1 – 4 pm and/or Saturday morning beginning at 7:30. Attendees will vote on the tables on Saturday, with the award winner announced at the closing. Takedown will begin at 5 pm on Saturday. The tables will be located in a separate room from the vendor hall, with easy access for viewing. We are really looking forward to seeing what you have produced during the pandemic and after, and hoping for inspiration for future works!

Breakout SessionsThese are listed on the registration form after clicking the Checkout button, below your contact and payment information. Each of these optional sessions has class size limit, so you will be able to select a second choice in any time slot, or to be added to a waiting list. Don’t forget to bring funds in the payment method accepted by each instructor, and pay them directly at the beginning of the session. Sessions will be filled on a first-come-first serve basis; look for a separate verification email a few days after registration. Session list

If you sign up for one or more breakout sessions, watch for an email with session confirmation before the conference.

Any Time Down Time – Sit down and review your purchases, visit with friends, work on that portable project (we know you brought one), or just relax on the seating that lines the window side of this space. Church members don’t call this “the gathering place” for nothing.

Now picture it with vendor booths down the center and along the walls, and even more through the white double doors…!

There’s also a designated room for spinning wheels just off this area, so you can leave your wheel during the day and still have easy access.

Fashion Show – Get your 15 seconds of fame (virtually) in your best handcrafted garments! There is a place on the registration form to briefly note the number & type of items you want to enter. After you register, email 2 photos of your item(s) to to be included in the slideshow that will play throughout the day. Include your name in the email! Bring those items to the conference for display and to be eligible for the People’s Choice award.

Individual Display – We’d love to see your best work; these items can be of any fiber technique. They will be displayed on tables for attendees to see. Please briefly note on the registration form the number & type of items you plan to bring. Space is limited, so please select accordingly.

Pete Soeken Award – The $100 prize for best woven item will be selected by votes of all registered participants. Eligible items include any handwoven item in the fashion show or individual display. The award was donated by family members in honor of the late Pete Soeken, who was an accomplished weaver and foundational KAWS member.

Saturday Keynote & Luncheon – Gather for the keynote address “Finding My Voice in Fiber” by Molly Elkind, followed by the meal included in your registration. If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know on the registration form. Lunchtime activities also include door prize drawings, time to view the displays and vote for your favorite guild table, fashion show item and woven item.

Closing – This isn’t the end of the day, but is the final formal gathering. Award winners will be announced, and the KAWS membership meeting will be held, to include election of officers.

Destash Sale – Bring any fiber or fiber-related tools, books or other items to sell, and browse other participants’ offerings! Let us know on the registration form if you need a table. We appreciate it if sellers can share a table; in that case, only one person should make the request. Each seller is responsible for setting up and watching their table, making sales, and removing all unsold items. Setup will begin as soon as the closing meeting ends, around 5 pm. This will be in the same room as the open spin and social time, and end at 7:30.

Open Spin & Social Time – Kick off your shoes, sit back and relax with friends as you spin or work on a project! (And add destash bargains to your vendor purchases.) Depending on interest, there may be a group pizza order (bring a few $$ to chip in), or you may want to wait until it’s time to close the doors at 7:30 to go eat.

HLA Fiber Mill Tour – Visit the mill that was featured in the Spin Off Fall 2020 issue! John & Sara Morris have graciously agreed to open their mill east of Augusta to conference attendees on Sunday morning. There will be a shuttle going back and forth between the hotel and the mill beginning at 9:30 am, or you may drive. However, parking is extremely limited, so we encourage ride sharing.

Chiaki O’Brien Workshops – Looms will be warped and ready. Sunday afternoon (half day, 1 – 4 pm) workshop fee is $125 before discount. Be sure to arrive in time for the class to begin at 1 pm. The Monday (full day, 9 am – 4 pm) workshop fee is $250 before discount. See workshops page for detailed information.

Questions? Problems with registration? Email, and we’ll respond ASAP!

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