Maddy Bartsch,
Ties That Bind

The Weavers Guild of Minnesota invites you to step into a weaving-strap and try out weaving on a rigid heddle backstrap loom. Backstrap weaving—a tradition of the Mayans that continues today in many parts of the world—requires the use of your body to hold the tension needed to weave. In the Ties that Bind, we challenge you to hold that tension with a partner as you take turns weaving a yarn and a story together, finding balance and unity in that tension. There’s also a solo option where you can get the hang of your weft and warp as you find your own balance of tension. Drop in to try your hand at continuing the thread of event-goers before you and be a part of the Ties that Bind.


Maddy Bartsch is a fiber artist, educator, and sustainable fiber systems activist working to bring awareness and action to the creation of just fiber systems. Maddy is president elect at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and the director/co-founder of the Three Rivers Fibershed.

Contributing Artist:

Heather Mackenzie


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Maddy Bartsch
(works) Minneapolis, MN
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Heather Mackenzie
(works) Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL
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