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Seed Bead Botany: an online beading course by Nancy Eha

August 12 - September 9
Seed Bead Botany is a 4-week online class filled with videos, images, patterns, and instructions with easy to follow steps. Course work includes creating small beaded flowers, leaves, vines, grapes, and berries. You will be encouraged to explore and create additional plant life with your new beading skills. Upload images of your work for feedback and ask questions of your instructor and other students in the private class Forum. Get ready to explore both traditional and new fabric beading stitches as…

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

September 5 - 7
Back to the Future!  Sometimes we forget how things got started in the first place. To some, the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival is entering its thirteenth year, but in reality it all began in the late seventies when the American Sheep Producers Council – later the American Sheep Industry Association – initiated a bold program to double U.S. sheep numbers within ten years. It was called the Blueprint for Expansion. Individual states were encouraged to form their own programs. Thanks to…

Simple Sewn and Folded Books

September 5 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Simple Sewn and Folded Books at Minnesota Center for Book Artswith Elizabeth CarlsFriday, September 5; happy hour 5:30–6pm, class 6–8pm Get introduced to the basic materials, tools, and skills involved in bookbinding! Learn some simple folded and sewn bindings for soft-cover blank books, using a variety of materials. $35 + $5 supply fee

Gudrun Erla trunk show and lecture

September 11 @ 4:30 am - 7:00 pm
Join us at the Hutchinson Fiber Arts Guild for Gundrun Eria’s talk about her pattern designs and a trunk show! Gudrun Erla, the designer and owner of GE Designs is born and raised in Iceland. She started quilting at the age of 23 and became totally addicted to it right away. After owning and running quilt shops in her home country and designing patterns along side it, a career move brought the family to Minnesota in 2003. Since then Gudrun…

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

September 12 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wool has the amazing capability of taking on great shapes, strength and forms when wet felted. In this Wooly Critters felting class we will use the ancient practice of felting wool to sculpt a purely aesthetic and charming menagerie of creatures, both real and imagined. Using recycled wool, students will make a rough animal form, and then apply dyed wool roving over the form. Through the mysterious process of agitation, hot water and soap, a felted creature will emerge. Everyone…

Hopewell Weaving: weave a scarf in a weekend!

September 13 @ 9:00 am - September 14 @ 3:00 pm
Get ready to weave! Scarves are a wonderful project for the loom and can be woven in many different yarns, colors and patterns. Choose a mixed warp scarf kit and warp your loom (or use a studio loom). This workshop is perfect for beginners and others who would like to have a project done in a weekend. You choose the colors and pattern. Winding the warp and choosing the set will be done for you. Students may bring their own…

Needle Felting Workshop at Arts Alliance

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Create a landscape using fabric, fiber, yarns and beads. We will use a variety of techniques, including needle felting, stitching and fusing of silk, wool, organza and a variety of other fibers. Your finished piece will be a matted 5”x7” piece; ready to frame that shows your interpretation of texture, space, color and rhythms in nature. Instructor: Linda Johaneson Linda’s Bio: After a fulfilling, 32 year career as an art teacher, I have turned my creative efforts to taking my…

Soap in a Blanket Workshop at Arts Alliance

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is always a favorite especially for making gifts!! A wet felting process. Students will wrap a bar of soap with layers of colored wool fleece. With water and agitation the felting process is accomplished creating a snug “blanket” around the soap. This class is for all ages from little to big, this is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Bring along a terry cloth towel to use during class time. Instructor: Dawn Bendiske Dawn is the coordinator of Anoka Fiber Works,…

The Topography of Handmade Paper

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Topography of Handmade Paper at Minnesota Center for Book Artswith Mary Hark Soft, ephemeral and airy, or tough and back-like; paper can be an absorbent material that carries fluidity with ease or possess a dense impenetrable face. Paper has potential to carry a “smooth as glass” surface or become a field of lush texture. Skin or substrata, this wonderful material has endless possibility. A thorough investigation into papermaking fibers and traditional tools will be the starting point for a…

Willow Harvest Basket Workshop Weekend

October 10 - 12
Spend the weekend working with willow. The class begins with harvesting and sorting the willow patch at the Amana Arts Guild. Saturday and Sunday will be spent learning the traditional techniques of German stake and strand willow basket making under the guidance of Master Basket maker Joanna Schanz. All levels of willow and basketry skills are welcome Maximum number of students is six for best instruction Class fee is $290 (18 to 20 hours) A registration deposit is required and…

Handcraft a Wool Braided Rug

October 10 - 12
The three-strand-braided wool rug is reminiscent of an era when rag rugs were considered an affordable way to reuse worn clothing and blankets to create a rug for the home. Early American immigrants and rural pioneers handcrafted the rag rug and created a fiber tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. In this class, you will learn the craft of braiding rugs by making your own oval rug (about 2’x3’). You are welcome to bring old blanket-weight…

Introduction to Paper Marbling: Mary Holland

October 25 - 26
This two day paper marbling class will teach you how to make mono-prints on paper. It will also give you a solid understanding of the process and how mono-printing techniques could be applied to other surfaces. Invented by Turkish artisans in the 1500s, marbling has been adapted to incorporate traditional designs while using contemporary materials. Explore the process and materials involved in paper marbling: selecting and mixing materials and paint, marbling patterns, and the full range of marbling tools. Mary Holland…

Knitting with Arnhild: Norwegian knitting techniques

October 31 - November 2
Arnhild Hillesland, a native Norwegian and expert in knitting, will be providing knitting instruction at Norwegian Wood Retreat, Princeton, MN. Learning opportunities abound! Arnhild will help you finish a project or start a new one. All level of skills are welcome. Group size is limited to allow Arnhild to focus on individual guidance and share learning experiences. Examples of techniques which Arnhild will demonstrate and teach: Fair Isle knitting Adjust the pattern so it fits! Importance of gauge swatches Make “steeks” Add facings Finishing techniques:…

Ozark Fiber Fling 2014

November 7 - 8
In its 4th year, the Ozark Fiber Fling is a two-day event filled with classes and a vendor marketplace offering all types of fiber, supplies and equipment. Here is a list of their classes with registration opening on September 1, 2014.  Crochet Bavarian style crochet Crochet a Hat Freeform Crochet Hairpin Lace Tunisian Style Crochet Dyeing Silk Dyeing Dyeing for a Treat Dyeing with your Fiber Plants Landscaping with Dye Plants Felting Christmas Needle Felting Nuno Felted Mittens Fiber Animal…

January Thaw Retreat with Sun Valley Fibers

January 22, 2015 @ 8:00 am - January 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Welcome to Sun Valley Fibers’ 2nd Annual January Thaw Retreat! We have lots of things planned, and lots of things in the planning stages.   Right now, what you need to know is the following: The cost of the retreat package is $100.   Those purchasing the retreat package are entitled to: A most fabulous goody bag!   If you thought last year’s goody bag was awesome ~~ this one will be even better!! Early shopping at the Sun Valley…

Overshot Weaving with Hopewell Weaving

January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - February 1, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Overshot is one of the most beautiful and picturesque weaves. From classic to contemporary there is a limitless number of patterns, colors and variations possible. Under the guidance of Jennie Hawkey, you will learn about the structure of Overshot and how to vary the treadling to get the look you want. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate level weavers or adventuresome beginners. Bring your own warped loom (at least 4-harnesses) or studio looms are available to use. Studio looms will be…

Warped! with Hopewell Weaving

March 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
This is a beginner weaving workshop. Students will learn the basics of weaving, plan a simple project like a scarf, table mat or bookmark, thread a loom, and weave the project. Warping doesn’t have to make you warped! This is a relaxed, guided class where you can learn about weaving and gain confidence in warping a loom. Students may bring their own 4-harness loom or use a studio loom for the workshop. All materials and supplies are included. Hopewell Weaving…
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