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September 2014
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Midwest Feltmaking Class Sampler

September 5 - December 31

Feltmaking is very popular so here’s a Midwest feltmaking class and workshop sampler for Fall 2014! There are so many types of felting. The little critter that’s featured above was needle felted. There are various techniques with wet felting, too! It just depends on what you’d like to make!It’s not meant to be an exhaustive class and workshop list. Also, things change quite often and quickly, so if you see a class that captures your attention, please contact the people…

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Duluth Art Institute: Fiber Arts Classes

September 20 - November 12

Duluth Art Institute is offering three fiber arts classes this fall. What a perfect way to spend some time along Minnesota’s North Shore. It’s beautiful this time of year with the season’s array of autumnal colors! Dates and times vary. ONE DAY WEAVING Sue Brown & Barb Dwinell Saturday, September 20 9 AM – 12 PM $25 ($30 non-members) The looms are already warped and ready to weave!  Enjoy the fun of weaving without all the prep work.  Complete a…

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$15 Members $18 Non-Members

Soap in a Blanket Workshop at Arts Alliance

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Elk River Arts Alliance,
609 Main St, Elk River, 55330
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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,…

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October 2014
FREE

Fabulous Fibre Month Opening Reception

October 3 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seasons on St. Croix Gallery,
401 Second St., Hudson, WI 54016 United States
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FABULOUS FIBRE MONTH Featuring Robbin Firth, Dawn Edwards, Pamela MacGregor, Elena Rosenberg, Becky Utecht and Jan Waller In collaboration with Heartfelt Silks (Robbin & Harry Firth), SEASONS is excited to offer a month of fibre at the gallery. The show will feature wearable art, wall art, sculpture and jewelry. The show space will be alive with color, texture, depth, and fun! We even plan to have a fashion show during the evening … a first at the gallery! Robbin is…

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Fabulous Fibre Month: Feltmaking Workshops

October 4 - 29
Seasons on St. Croix Gallery,
401 Second St., Hudson, WI 54016 United States
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The scenic St. Croix River Valley is a beautiful destination during the month of October! At the Fabulous Fibre Workshops, you will expand your felting knowledge and technique, learn new feltmaking skills, interact with engaging teachers and meet new felt art friends, all while enjoying the beautiful gallery setting in the riverside town of Hudson, WI. Robbin Firth and Season on St. Croix Gallery are co-hosting this event. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find registration info. Feltmaking…

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The Topography of Handmade Paper

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Minnesota Center for Book Arts,
1011 Washington Ave S #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415 United States
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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…

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$290

Willow Harvest Basket Workshop Weekend

October 10 - 12
Amana Colonies Broom and Basket Shop,
618 8th Ave, West Amana, IA 52203
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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…

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$255 $225 Early bird (8/29/14)

Handcraft a Wool Braided Rug

October 10 - 12
North House Folk School,
500 Highway 61 West, Grand Marais, MN 55604 United States
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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…

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$95 + $25 materials fee

Batik Bee at Crossings at Carnegie

October 11 - 12
Crossings at Carnegie,
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992 United States
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Come make colorful, VIBRANT art by applying molten wax and dye in layers on cloth. Whatever your experience level, we invite you to join other batikers for a weekend of creativity! Have fun discovering how to draw with hot wax on cotton using brushes, special tools and even cookie cutters and other fun shaped objects. The wax applied to fabric resists dyes, allowing the artist to create patterns or images with layers of colors, by adding wax, painting the dye,…

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$195 ($175 members) + $45 supply fee

Introduction to Paper Marbling: Mary Holland

October 25 - 26
Minnesota Center for Book Arts,
1011 Washington Ave S #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415 United States
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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…

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$ 6 both days, $4 one day

Fiber Expo–Ann Arbor

October 25 - 26
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds,
5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI United States
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In its 7th year, the Fall Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, Michigan has a strong line up of classes and vendors. The merchants, who are mostly independent Michigan and Midwest-based farms, dyers and shops offer a wide array of supplies and fiber for their discerning audience. Some of the classes that are offered are trendy arm knitting, Unseaming your Unseamly Sweater, Handpainting Yarn or Roving, basketry and much more! The Expo is on for two days in late October. Join us…

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$300 for weekend/Daily Rate $120

Learn Norwegian knitting from Arnhild Hillesland

October 31 - November 2
Norwegian Wood Retreat,
30440 US Highway 169, Princeton, MN 55371 United States
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Ever want to knit one of those fabulous Norwegian sweaters? Learn how to knit Norwegian from a Norwegian.  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…

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November 2014
Class fee at registration

Ozark Fiber Fling 2014

November 7 - 8
Missouri Baptist Retreat Center,
243 Highway AA, Steelville, MO 65565 United States
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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…

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FREE

Fall Fiber Festival 2014

November 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center,
1001 Highway 7 , Hopkins, MN 55305 United States
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Join us for the 5th Annual Fall Fiber Festival!!  We are a group of like minded fiber enthusiasts and yarn producers/artisans from the Upper Midwest who have banded together to present the Fall Fiber Festival. All manner of fiber and fiber products are available to see, feel and buy at this annual event! Alpaca, wool, angora, mohair, silk as well as garments, spinning equipment, soaps, dyes and jewelry. Also wooden handcrafts and ceramics. Get all your holiday shopping done in…

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January 2015
$100 for the retreat plus hotel and food

January Thaw Retreat with Sun Valley Fibers

January 22, 2015 @ 8:00 am - January 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Madison Marriot West,
1313 John Q Hammonds Drive, Middleton, WI 53562
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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…

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$75

Overshot Weaving with Hopewell Weaving

January 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - February 1, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Hopewell Weaving,
227 Illini Dr., Hopewell, IL 61565
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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…

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March 2015
$75

Warped! with Hopewell Weaving

March 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 15, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Hopewell Weaving,
227 Illini Dr., Hopewell, IL 61565
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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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