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Amana Woolen Mill Workshop: Carding/Blending

September 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday September 5th                         Instructors: C & M Acres 9:30am – 11:30am OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm Don’t Be a CARD! Carding and Blending Workshop At this workshop you can be a part of the action. With hands on instruction of carding and blending of fiber, ewe can jump in to the world of fiber! Ewe will also get to take a little bit of blend home with ewe to enjoy. Limit 10 per class; Fee $25. Visit www.amanashops.com/workshops for more information and to…
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Wine + Batik at Crossings

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Relax at Crossings at Carnegie with creativity, friends and a glass of wine! Think you aren’t creative? We don’t agree. Come let us prove that you have what it takes to make a beautiful piece of art. Using wax and colorful dyes, you’ll check out a new medium – batik! New to you, that is, but actually an ancient art form! Take an evening for you and your girlfriends, partner, or coworkers! The only thing you need to bring is a…
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Batik Bee at Crossings

September 12 @ 9:00 am - September 13 @ 4:00 pm
Experiment with batik at Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota, Minnesota! Come make colorful, intriguing pieces of art by applying hot wax and colorful dyes to cloth. Whatever your experience level, we invite you to join us for a day or a weekend of creativity! Experienced batik artists will be on-hand to lead you through the process, help you with ideas and answer questions as they arise. The wax is applied to fabric and resists the dyes, allowing the artist to create…
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Vesterheim Fiber Arts: Norwegian pick-up bandweaving

September 17 - September 19
Pick-up woven bands Historically, pick-up woven bands were used in Norway to tie up baskets of food, to swaddle babies, and as hairbands, apron bands, stocking bands, trim for clothing, and more. In this class you will weave two types of pick-up, each on a different threading, and you will have a variety of patterns from which to choose. The traditional band heddles will be warped for you prior to class. Your finished samples will make nice ribbons or bookmarks.…

Vesterheim Fiber Arts: Nalbinding

September 18 - September 20
Nalbinding-a practical fiber art Scandinavians have used the ancient nålbinding technique for hundreds of years to make mittens, strainers, stockings, and a multitude of other useful items. It fits perfectly into contemporary fashion and household uses and its simplicity and portability make it wonderful. Using a single-eyed needle, you will make a pouch, mittens, and various other small items as time permits. Most objects will be made of wool and finished by hand with a traditional fulling treatment. Participation: Youth…
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Autumn Gourds Machine Needle Felting Workshop

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Autumn Gourds Machine Needle Felting Featuring Isabella Hoffmann Friday, September 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — $100 fee (includes pattern and all wool for the project) Registration Deadline: September 10. Fall is the favorite time of year for many people. These gourd characters are fun and easy to create. During the class you will learn how to use the felting machine with felted wool, knitting yarn for the garland and create dimensional leaves. If time allows and for the students that…
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Amana Woolen Mill Workshop: Hat Felting

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturday September 19th      Instructor: Sun Rise Suris & Lavender Sunsets 9:30-11:30 OR 1-3 Don’t have a HAT attack! Hat Felting Can you bounce a ball? Then you can felt a hat. Come take part in this special technique with Sun Rise Suris. During the class you will make a hat and felt it and then take it home! Remember this trip to Amana with your very own personal creation. Class Fee $65 and includes materials for hat construction and felting. Visit www.amanashops.com/workshops…
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Fall Beginning Weaving Class at WMQFA

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Beginning Weaving Class at WMQFA Taught by master weaver Catherine Jautz Bailey.   Beginning Class “Sample the Satisfaction of Weaving:  Not Your Grandmother’s Rag Rugs!”  September 23, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class Description:  Catherine will help you to complete a small mat in a color of your choice in one lesson. You will learn to read a pattern, make a warp, thread a loom, chose a weft, weave an article, and secure ends. You will take home your work,…
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Saami Friendship Bracelets

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Learn to make Saami friendship bracelets in time for gift giving! The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami jewelry incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this course you’ll explore the traditional jewelry techniques of triple braiding coiled pewter wire and sewing the finished braid to a…
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Fall Fiber School at Harveyville Project

October 1 - October 6
FALL FIBER SCHOOL is a week of fiber at the Harveyville Project: Yarn School and the brand new Rigid Heddle School back-to-back in Spring or Yarn School and Felt School back-to-back in fall.  You can enroll in either or both workshops. With both workshops, you get a free Dye Lab session between the two. YARN SCHOOL Oct 1-4 – FELT SCHOOL Oct 5-6 –  DYE LAB ADD-ON Oct 4 Register with a 50% deposit. Deposits are fully refundable (less any non-refundable…
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WMQFA hosts 2nd Annual Fall University Day

October 3
Plans are proceeding on the second annual Fall University Day, Saturday, October 3, 2015! The theme will again be “All About Wool” with opportunities for exposure and experience with wool in many forms.  The full-day event includes a keynote; choices of 4 one-hour classes – or – a single one-hour class plus a three-hour workshop; lunch; wool wearable fashion show; and raffle. The keynote talk will be Mary Flanagan, who with her husband Scott operates Mary Flanagan Woolens in Pickett…
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Vesterheim Fiber Arts: Weaving wheat for the holidays

October 16 - October 17
Weaving wheat for the holidays In many of the Nordic countries, wheat is braided into different shapes and patterns for decorating houses and trees at Christmas. Learn about the basic hvetevefting(wheat weaving) materials, straw preparation, and the traditional art of wheat-weaving techniques. You’ll be able to make a collection of ornaments and wall hangings just in time for the holidays. Participation: Youth ages 12-17 signed up with a participating adult receive a 20% discount. Level of Instruction: All levels. About…

North Dakota Handspinners Conference 2015

October 23 - October 25
The featured teacher for this 3-day conference is Sharon Marquardt of Henning, MN. The topic is “Felting with Flair”. Options for conference attendees are: Fleece University Basic Spinning Review the Color Wheel Renew Fiber Friends Fiber Shop Watch Ravelry for details after August 1, 2015!
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Amana Woolen Mill Workshop: Cricket Table Loom Weaving

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday October 24th    Amana Woolen Mill 9:00am-11:00am OR 12:30 – 2:30pm Cricket tabletop loom weaving These looms are set up and ready for you to create! Weave a section and we can cut it off and you can take it home. Use the fiber provided or purchase a skein from a vast selection. Our expert weaver will be on hand to discuss methods and patterns possible on these looms. Limit 6 per class; Fee $20. Go to amanashops.com/workshops to register!…
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Jane Sassaman Workshop: Abstracting from Nature

November 7 @ 9:30 am - November 8 @ 4:00 am
Featuring Jane Sassaman Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 7 & 8, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $225 fee Nature is an endless source of inspiration.  In this class we will examine a wide variety of artists interpretations of nature before beginning to manipulate natural forms ourselves.  Through a series of exercises we will experiment with abstraction and exaggeration to capture the essence and energy of your favorite flora and achieve dramatic visual effects.  We will then translate these ideas into…
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Amana Woolen Mill Workshop: Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments

November 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday November 21st                  Instructors: C & M Acres 9:30am-11:30am OR 1:00pm to 3:00pm Needle Felting Christmas Ornaments! Find out what needle felting is all about! Ewe will learn about this wonderful technique and its many applications. Want to try your hand at it while under the guidance of the instructor…well EWE can!  Apply what you’ve learned to your very own keepsake felted ornaments. Take home your creations for your enjoyment. Limit 10 per class; Fee $20. Visit www.amanashops.com/workshops for more information…
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Button Basics with Polymer Clay

February 12, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Make your own buttons with polymer clay! This popular class, first featured as a one-hour ‘make & take’ at Spring 2015 University Days, is making a return as a workshop. Come spend the morning playing with clay and create your own buttons, experience color mixing, marbling, mold making and applied design. Everyone will take home plenty of their own ‘custom’ buttons. ** Students are encouraged to bring in any item for which they would like to design buttons or color…
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Making Polymer Beads with Lynne Bergschultz

March 4, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
There are big beads, little beads, bright beads, earthy beads, busy beads and simple beads, but the most special beads are the ones you make yourself! Make beads that will compliment your project and orifices to fit your thread, yarn or cord. This workshop is designed for those who became familiar with polymer clay in the museum’s Button Basics workshop or have had some experience with the medium. Students will have the opportunity to expand their polymer skills forming a…
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Jacquie Gering Workshop: Creative Quilting with your walking foot!

March 15, 2016
Want to quilt your quilts on your home machine and maybe free-motion quilting isn’t for you? Come discover the joy and creative possibilities of quilting with your walking foot at the Wisconsin Quilt Museum.  Straight-line quilting has a long history and is making a comeback in both modern and traditional quilts.  Learn tips and tricks for successful quilting with your walking foot along with creative quilting designs that can be accomplished on your home machine. Though she has been sewing…
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Sue Spargo workshops at Magnolias

March 16, 2016 - March 19, 2016
Sue Spargo will be teaching her wonderful wool applique embellishing techniques at Magnolias in March 2016. There will be two two-day classes and a lecture night with a local exhibit. March 16 & 17 will be Chic Play. March 17 will be an evening lecture. March 18 & 19 will be Flower Play. Both classes will focus on embellishing wool applique using a variety of decorative stitches with a variety of threads/ribbon/beads. The classes and lecture will be held at the Hudson House Grand Hotel. There will be rooms…
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Paintstiks & Tantalizing Tileworks with Laura Murray

April 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Using Shiva Artist Paintsiks, learn how to customize your fabrics to create subtle batik effects on plain fabrics, or produce dramatic prints. The techniques are fun to learn, and the hands-on approach will give you confidence to make the fabric of your dreams. Using paintstiks actually saves money, because you can make exactly what is needed for your project, instead of settling for “not quite right” fabric choices. Students will create a series of samples illustrating rubbings, stenciling, shading and…
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Spring University Days at WMQFA

May 13, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Spring University Days 2016 Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.  Join us for a keynote speaker and a delicious catered lunch each day as you sample up to four classes, demonstrations and hands-on workshops.  Watch this space for more information and online registration in early 2016.
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Mark Lipinski and the Slow Stitching Movement

June 10, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Mark Lipinski comes to Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts One of the most entertaining quilters in America will be at the WMQFA next June for a lecture and two, all-day workshops. Quick, fast, easy. In our busy, multitasking world, those buzzwords capture our attention. But speed can kill creativity and the enjoyment of our creative pursuits. Maybe what we really need to do is slow down, enjoy the process, and create fiber art that we’re really proud of. But…
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