MAFA - MidAtlantic Fiber Association

Welcome to the website for the MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA). MAFA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose objectives are to promote education in the fiber arts; to plan, organize, and conduct conferences; and to facilitate communication among member guilds.

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MAFA Conference 2017

2017 Fiber Arts Conference Features In-depth Learning Experiences

Millersville, Pa. May 7, 2016

Forty world-renowned instructors are slated to lead educational workshops in weaving, spinning, dyeing, and allied arts at MidAtlantic Fiber Association’s (MAFA) 2017 conference, “A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities.” Providing inspiration and educational experiences to fiber enthusiasts at all levels of expertise, the event will be held July 20 to 23, 2017 at Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.

“We are very excited to announce that our keynote speaker on the topic, The Possibilities are Endless, will be Madelyn van der Hoogt, says Conference Chair Donna Mentzer.  “The topic reflects Ms. van der Hoogt’s experience and expertise as weaver, magazine editor and author of the book, The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers,” she adds. Ms. van Der Hoogt will also teach a workshop, Deflected Doubleweave.

In addition to the workshops, the event will feature a vendor hall, a juried fashion show, demonstrations, book signings, and more. Many events and activities, including the vendor hall, are free and open to the public. Registration is required for workshops and opens January 2017 for MAFA members.

“Planning this biennial conference for our all-volunteer organization is a labor of love that draws its leadership from across MAFA's region, which extends from the eastern Great Lakes to the Outer Banks and from New York State to North Carolina,” says MAFA President Elisa Eiger. “Since 1980, our not-for-profit organization has fostered education, communication, teamwork and outreach among nearly 50 groups of fiber enthusiasts.”

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association supports active online communities on Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry, Twitter (@MAFAfiber), and Weavolution.

For further information or to schedule an interview with Donna Mentzer or Elisa Eiger, contact Charlene Marietti at

About MAFA

MAFA represents nearly 50 guilds from eight states and the District of Columbia. Our member guilds are located in NY, PA, MD, VA, NJ, DE, DC, NC, and WV. Individuals become automatic members through membership in a participating guild.

Associate membership is open to commercial enterprises, institutions, organizations, schools, and individuals not in affiliated guilds. Associate members have the same status as guilds, with the exception of voting.

Any organized guild of handweavers, spinners, or fiber artists in affiliated crafts that is located in the Mid-Atlantic region may be considered for membership in MAFA. Membership consists of timely payment of dues and entitles members to preferred enrollment in the biennial conference, the opportunity to apply for grants, and the ability to fully participate in MAFA-organized knowledge-sharing activities.

Each guild is allowed one representative and one alternate representative to participate in the two annual general meetings held in October and May.

Guilds, individuals, or organizations wishing to join MAFA should visit the Joining MAFA page (on the Guilds menu) for further information.