MAFA - Mid Atlantic Fiber Association
MAFA - Mid Atlantic Fiber Association

Welcome to the web site for the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association (MAFA). MAFA is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote education in the fiber arts, to plan, organize, and conduct conferences, and to facilitate communication among member guilds.

MAFA represents nearly 60 guilds from 8 states and the District of Columbia in the Mid-Atlantic region. 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 or related fiber activities located in the Mid-Atlantic region may be considered for membership in MAFA. Membership consists of timely payment of annual dues and entitles members to participation in the biennial conference, the MAFA newsletter, and the opportunity to apply for grants, which support mini-conference venues.

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

Guilds, individuals, or organizations wishing to join MAFA should go to the Joining MAFA page for further information.


What a beautiful day it is! The forsythia in my front yard has burst into bloom overnight and the temperature is near 70 degrees. I believe Spring has finally arrived. Hopefully, Spring will put us all in a mood to take on a new project of some sort -- a new beginning, if you will.

         I am pleased to announce that all contracts have gone out to instructors for the MAFA 2015 Workshop Weekend at Millersville University, July 16-29, 2015. The contracts are due back to our wonderful Education Chair, Beth Wilson, by April 30. As soon as all is sorted out and executed, a list of instructors with class titles and descriptions will be put up on the Workshop Weekend website (

         Donna Mentzer and Sara Bixler, our Vendor Co-chairs, have sent out invitations to many vendors and are awaiting responses also. If you know of any person or company who would be interested in being a Vendor, please guide them to the Weekend Workshop page for information and an application.

         Thank you, Barb Wainright, Newsletter Editor for the Weavers' Guild of Rochester, for stepping forward to handle our printed advertising.

         Guilds are responding to the call for entries in the Guild Exhibits. So far, we have heard from the Williamsburg Spinners and Weavers Guild, Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers, Weaver's Roundtable, and Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers Guild. We have 66 guilds in MAFA and we have 7,000 square feet in which to set up our exhibits. I encourage the remaining guilds to take part in this exhibit — it will be an inspiration to all of us to see what other guilds have done. I hope, by my next letter, to have the Chairman for the Guild Exhibits in place. Meanwhile, you can contact me to be put on the list of participants.

         Remember, for those of you who are attending the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival the first weekend of May, that all guild members are invited to bring your lunch to the dining hall between 12 noon and 1 p.m. to meet others and brainstorm about what you might like to see at the MAFA 2015 Workshop Weekend. We are still looking for general volunteers as well.

         Happy Spring!

         Ellen Dorosh

         MAFA President


MAFA Conference Weekend 2015


No, this isn't an April fool joke! It is your invitation to become a Vendor at the MAFA 2015 Workshop Weekend Conference beginning Thursday, July 16, through Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Millersville University, located in the town of Millersville, Pennsylvania , in the garden-spot of the mid-Atlantic States - Lancaster County. Being a native, I'm a bit prejudiced, but we do have the most fertile, non-irrigated farmland in the WORLD!

Many people I know think that mid-summer 2015 is a long way away, but most of us in fiber have busy schedules and we need to plan in advance to make our fiber dreams a reality. That being said, let me tell you a bit about what we have to offer.

On this site, you will find a downloadable PDF file containing a Vendor Application and Vendor Agreement. Both are pretty standard for Vendors and provide information on pricing, what you can expect from us, (meaning MAFA) and what we expect from you as a vendor. Why not print out an extra copy for a friend who has a fiber related business?

First, we have decided to establish an Early Bird pricing for booths, if you register and pay before July 31 of this year. We hope many of you will take advantage of this money saving offer. Included in the booth price, are two tables, two chairs, WiFi and electricity. The final deadline is October 31, 2014. We have set this deadline in order that a list of vendors is available for our attendees in the registration packet.

We really want to promote you, the vendor! In addition to providing all prospective attendees with a vendor list, we have a special place on the website for our vendors. As soon as you are accepted as a vendor for the MAFA 2015 Workshop Weekend Conference, all your vendor information will be posted on the vendor page of our website. So check out our website at and be the first vendor on the site by mailing in your Vendor Application.

In addition to the website, we have contacted journalists for local papers about the MAFA 2015 Workshop Weekend Conference and they are primed to do articles to encourage local foot traffic. We will also be sending the vendor lists and Vendor Hall hours to local fiber guilds to increase the foot traffic during class hours.

I'm looking forward to seeing you next summer at Millersville. In the meantime, please post your application to me and, in addition, if you have any ideas on how we can improve the Vendor Hall, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Yours in Fiber,


Donna Mentzer
Vendor Committee Chair


The MAFA Board has approved the following grants through its Member Guild Outreach Program. Congratulations to the successful applicants. Additional information on these projects will be posted once they have been completed, and another round of grant funding will be announced in the future.

Looms for Kids' College, Fiberarts Network (WV) - The fiber education program will be expanded through the purchase of additional looms and accessories, and through scholarships for participants. Classes cover actual weaving techniques, including planning projects, warping, weaving and finishing options.

West Virginia Fiber Festival, Morgantown Fiber Guild (WV) - The guild will design appropriate materials and will make all publicity arrangements for the West Virginia Fiber Festival, to increase attendance and participation in festival activities.

Judith MacKenzie Spinning Workshop, Southern Tier Fiberarts Guild (NY) - Internationally-recognized hand-spinning guru Judith MacKenzie will come to the guild s venue for a two day workshop to improve attendees  spinning skills, and give a talk on hand-spinning for weaving.

MAFA Membership Renewal Forms and Dues

Dues are now due for 2013-2015 for new guilds and for guilds that did not renew their membership in 2012. Go to the Joining MAFA page to download your form!

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) was founded on a single simple premise: people caring for one another during tough times. Building upon the grassroots gesture of passing the hat at craft shows for artists dealing with emergency situations, CERF+ created an ongoing pool of funds that are available to professional craft artists when they suffer career-threatening emergencies. In addition to the financial assistance, they help acquire donated goods and services for beneficiaries from individuals, organizations and businesses. CERF+ also provides resources for artists, including a new tool just announced: The Business Insurance Guidebook for Artists distills the key points of business property, liability, and disaster insurance into a pocket-sized booklet.

Thanks to the generosity of MAFA guilds and individuals interested in helping fiber artists with emergency needs, CERF+ now has a Fiber Arts fund. The Harmony Weavers Guild, which led the initiative to get this fund established with $2000 in donations, encourages MAFA guilds to continue donating to this fund, to ensure funds are available if a fiber artist has an emergency situation.

You can learn more about CERF+ here:

MAFA By-Laws May 2012 (pdf version)