2021 Virtual FTWG Conference

March 19-21, 2021

Join us for our first ever Virtual Conference, via Zoom!

COVID keeps us physically distanced, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see each other! Our Virtual Conference includes programs on a wide variety of weaving topics as well as virtual versions of the other events our in-person attendees love: Vendors, Guild Tables, a Fashion Show and a Fiber Exhibit. We have opportunities to socialize with breakout rooms, a pajama party, and Sunday morning brunch. We hope you’re able to join us!



This year, we have two categories of vendors. All vendors will have a web page here on the FTWG website, visible only to those who are registered. This page will include a link to the vendor’s website and five photos representing a sample of their products. Some vendors are also including a discount code on this page, just for FTWG attendees.

Featured vendors will also have a presentation at some point during the live event and you’ll be able to visit with them in a break out room immediately after that presentation, in order to ask questions about their products.

All purchases of products will take place through the vendor’s website.

Featured Vendors

MM Waite Logo
Lunatic Fringe Yarns Logo

Web-only vendors

Georgia Yarn Company Logo
Sunshine Knit Designs Logo
Shady Hill Rug Hooking Business card includes text: "Certified McGown Teach, hand-dyed wool, rug hooking classes and supplies, karen@shadyhillrughooking.com
Inkle Designer 1-2-3 logo


Friday, March 19

1pm – 1:50pm

Welcome by Conference Coordinator and President
Ice breaker

2pm – 3:30pm


3:45pm – 5:15pm

Vendor Introductions and break out rooms
All four featured vendors will present live

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Plenary Speaker
JENNIFER WILLIAMS – Journey to Japan: An FTWG Scholarship Adventure

Saturday, March 20

10am – 10:20am


10:30am – 12pm

BARB CABRAL – Understanding Khmer Hol (Ikat)

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Lunch Break

12:30pm – 12:50pm

What’s New in ’22

1:00pm – 2:30pm

MOLLY ELKIND – Into the Third Dimension: Texture and Relief in Contemporary Tapestry

2:40pm – 3:20pm

Lunatic Fringe Yarns with Michele Belson
Yarn Travel with Helen McLaughlin

3:30pm – 5:00pm

MELISSA WEAVER DUNNING – Shaker Weaving with an emphasis on Rugs

5:00pm – 5:50pm

Dinner Break

6:00pm – 7:30pm

DEB ESSEN – Intro to Supplemental Warps

7:40pm – 8:20pm

Fashion Show

8:30pm – 10:00pm

Pajama Party

Sunday, March 21

9:30am – 9:50am

Virtual Brunch – BYO Mimosa

10:00am – 11:30 am

CONNIE LIPPERT – Wedge Weave Survey

11:30am – 12:00pm


12:00pm – 12:50pm

EarthBound with Laurie Wilkins
MM Waite

1:00pm – 2:30pm

ROBIN SPADY – Great Weave Structures for Color and Texture using Novelty Yarns

2:45 pm

Fiber Exhibit Winners Announced

Fiber Exhibit Entries