Fiber Enthusiast Events

The Des Moines Weavers & Spinners Guild hosts, co-hosts, and participates in several weaving and spinning events throughout a year.

The main event that we host is Fiberfest, held each April.  We also offer many classes and workshops throughout the year.  Find out more in the Events dropdown above, including events that we co-sponsor or ones in which we participate.

You can also check out our Calendar above and the calendar drop down item, "Guild Meetings", to see the monthly activities that we have going on throughout the year.

Iowa Federation of Handweaving and Spinning Meeting

April 13, 2024   9:00 am - 4:00 pm    Room 148, Franklin Jr. High Event Center


9:00 - 10:00 Registration, Refreshments, submit entries for Popular Choice, and shop the Vendors!

Popular Choice Categories:

Handspun, animal fiber, worsted spun

Handspun, animal fiber, woolen spun

Handspun, animal fiber, laceweight

Handspun, cellulose fiber

Article knit or crocheted from Handspun

Article woven with Handspun

10:00   John Sturtevant of SpiritWood Spinning Wheel Restoration and Repair will speak on restoring antique wheels, with examples of wheels he has brought back to life.

11:30 - 1:00   Lunch break, and shop our vendors, Diane Pals of Bombshell Dyeworks, Tyler Johnson (the Iowa Majacraft Dealer), Twine Craft Goods, and Fancy Kitty. Sticky Fingers Food Truck will be in the parking lot, and many restaurants are near Franklin Events Center.

12:00 - 1:00 Board Meeting of Officers and Guild Presidents

1:00 - 1:30  Business Meeting of Iowa Federation of Handweavers and Spinners.

1:30 Ellen Hartstack, owner of Sunset Creek Farm and Twisted Sunset Sisters Fiber Mill, will present “From Hand Processing to Fiber Mill”.  She will talk about her journey from alpaca owner to processing fibers in a newly opened mill in Perry, Iowa.

Admission:  $20 at the door

Bring your spinning and hang out with us, doing what we love!