WelcomeThe name 'Kansas' comes from a Native American word meaning "The People of the South Wind". The links between the wind and Kansas are long and strong. The wind's turn can mean a sudden change to rain, snow, or extreme cold. It can drive devastating tornadoes, dust, and blizzards. It speaks to us in roaring gales or soft murmuring breezes. Windblown prairies resemble ocean waves flowing up and down across the landscape. Kansans have been taking advantage of the wind since territorial days with the use of windmills in providing water and now as a source of power to drive a modern economy. We are most assuredly a people of the wind.
Midwest Weavers Conference 2013, "Prairie Winds", will be held at Emporia State University, in Emporia KS. Located in the heart of the beautiful Flint Hills lies the continent's largest remaining tract of original Tallgrass prairie. Tallgrass prairies once covered 140 million acres of North America. Today less than 4% remains, primarily in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It is one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors.
The Kansas Alliance of Weavers & Spinners invites you to experience the vast prairies and broad horizons of the Sunflower State.
Let the winds carry you to the Midwest Weavers' Conference
June 20-22, 2013
We are excited to present our “Prairie Winds” conference yarn and will be featuring a special member’s exhibit category for items made with our conference yarn. The Alpaca/Merino yarn will be produced from Kansas grown fiber, and processed at The Shepherd’s Mill in Phillipsburg, Kansas.
Yarn Details: 70% Alpaca, 30% Merino 2 ply, 1500-1600 yards per pound. 1# cones ($80) or 300 yd skeins ($16.50). Roving will also be available at $48/pound.
Colorway 1: Golden wheat ready for harvest and winter grasses blowing in the breeze are both caught in the tans and golds of this yarn
Colorway 2: Brilliant summer blue-sky to the storm clouds of tornado season, prairie winds of all degrees are depicted in this shades of blue yarn
The yarn will be available January 1, 2012 and may be ordered through Shepherd’s Mill website (www.kansasfiber.com), by email, or by phone (785-543-3128).
As per tradition, every conference attendee will receive a Conference Tote Bag. These bags are a fun part of the conference and many attendants cannot wait to dive into their bags to see what goodies await them. To continue this great tradition, and ensure that your bag is stuffed with grand treasures…we need your help! We are asking local guilds, individuals, and business to send up to 400 items to include in our bags.
Please send items by June 8, 2013 to:
Newton, KS 67114