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Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair

August 1 - 3
Come, celebrate the work of your hands!  In its ninth year, this is a one of a kind event. Not only does the Fiber & Folk Art Fair include a marketplace for top-line supplies and workshops that range from weaving to beading to crochet, but this event includes a Fiber Art Exhibit. The exhibit is up for the entire three days of the event. What you can expect when you attend this event: Vendor marketplace Fine Fiber Art exhibit Animal…

Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair: workshops

August 1 - 3
In this workshop line-up; there’s something for everyone! Literally, twenty one class categories contain a variety of workshops skills levels and instructors that are known coast to coast. This three day event is very unique in that it serves both fabric and fiber audiences. Here are the category of workshops: Bead Weaving, Crochet, Dyeing: Natural, Fascinator Hats, Jewelry, Lace, Repurposed Materials,  Modular Knitting Techniques, Weaving: A Continuous Warp, Beading, Design, Embroidery: Hand Sewing, Felting: Wet Felting, Knitting, Needle Felting, Spinning,…

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…

Michigan Fiber Festival

August 13 - 17
Welcome to the Michigan Fiber Festival! A fiber festival that promotes the interests of individuals and businesses related to natural fibers. This is one of the Midwest’s largest festivals and hosts vendors from seventeen states in additional to Michigan! Held at the beautiful Allegan County Fairgrounds in Western Michigan. Camping at the fairgrounds is available. Workshops are held August 13-17, 2014 Fiber Festival is August 16-17, 2014. Sign up for workshop on their website after April 1, 2014.

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…

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 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 pre-wound…

Willow Harvest Basket Workshop Weekend

October 10 @ 8:00 am - October 12 @ 5:00 pm
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…

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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