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Fiber Art

The Handwoven Backpack

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Course Overview

In this beginner class, Amber will share from start to finish how to weave and stitch one of her signature woven and waxed canvas backpacks. We will learn how to warp and weave two unique panels of rug cloth on the floor loom using a variety of wool and cotton yarns. Playing with color and texture, we will allow ourselves to let the natural landscape of Lake Superior inspire our cloth creations. 

In the second half we will learn simple skills for using an industrial sewing machine, leather working, and how to apply rivets to cloth. Amber will share her unique sculptural approach to weaving and sewing that she has honed over the last 16 years. In the end each student will be able to go home with their own beautiful, durable, and unique day pack to carry for many years to come.  This is a beginner class but sewing skills are helpful.

Required Tools

  • 1 pad of Post-it notes
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Notebook
  • Pen/pencil


Wed, Feb 7th, 2024  –  Sun, Feb 11th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: Days 1-4: 9am-5pm Day 5: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $750.00
Materials fee: $395.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Amber Jensen
Amber Jensen
Minneapolis, MN

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The Handwoven Backpack