Welcome to the Web Site for the Intermountain Weavers Conference!
The Intermountain Weavers Conference is a bi-annual conference held in odd numbered years.
The purpose of the conference is to provide workshops and other learning opportunities and provide connections between people associated with the Fiber Arts. If you have any interest in weaving, spinning or other Fiber Arts, this conference is for you!
IWC 2025 Location and Dates
The 2025 IWC will be held 17 – 21 June 2025 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque NM.
We are very excited to host IWC in the Albuquerque Convention Center. This allows us to host all of our classes and events in one location. The Convention Center has easy access from highways and a large airport.
New Mexico is a great location for our Conference. New Mexico is one of the few regions left in the United States where fiber art is thriving. Over the past centuries, fiber art has played a crucial role in the economy of the region. Throughout the state, various animals offer their wool and hair to this art form, such as the heritage breed the Navajo-Churro sheep, mohair goats, Angora rabbits, wolves, yaks, and (more recently) llamas and alpacas. New Mexico has a diverse population including many Puebloan people as well as descendants of the Spanish Conquistadors, and more recently, waves of settlers from all over the United States and around the world.
For more information about the conference, see the Albuquerque page.
IWC Zoom Class - The Fundamentals of Drafts
Intermountain Weavers Conference is pleased to announce a new virtual series of programs beginning in January, 2024. Kickstart your weaving year by joining us for this 90-minute, information-packed seminar presented by one of IWC's most popular instructors: Robyn Spady. Those who attended our live conference in July will know that Robyn was the keynote speaker. Robyn has been weaving for over 50 years. She is an engaging, entertaining and very knowledgeable instructor. She received HGA's Certificate of Excellence in Hand weaving and is the founder and editor of Heddlecraft Magazine. We are thrilled to have her on our team.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 6:00 pm Mountain Standard Time.
WHAT: 90-minute virtual presentation via Zoom from Robyn's studio facilitated by IWC. A PDF handout will be provided electronically to all registrants at no additional cost.
HOW TO SIGN UP: Log into the IWC website and go to the Register page.CLASS DESCRIPTION: A draft in weaving is the blueprint that captures the threading, tie-up, and treadling. But, why can they be so confusing? First, few weavers receive instruction in drafting when they originally learn to weave. Second, there are nuances where different symbols may not be intuitive. The same information may be notated differently making deciphering a draft feel like an effort in cryptography. Kick off the new year by developing a better understanding of drafts and drafting notation. By understanding how a draft is developed, a weaver will know why the pattern creates the design it does, reduce dependence on projects, create innovative designs, and understand how to augment the possibilities of a single threading by changing the tie-up, weft, and/or the treadling.
You must be a member of IWC to register. You will not see the class on the Registration page if you are not signed into the web site as a member. Registration closes December 20, 2023.
Use your email address to log into the web site to sign up for the class. To log in, click on the blue box with the icon of a person that is in the upper right corner of the web page. If it is your first time to log in or you have forgotten your password, click on “Reset your Password”.
Join Us! Members are notified of the latest news about the conference. Membership is required to attend the conference and attend the IWC Zoom classes.
What is the Intermountain Weavers Conference?
The conference is held every other year. It is 3 days of fun, fabulous classes, activities, and friendship.