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Fiber Week

Mon, Feb 13, 2023 - Mon, Feb 20, 2023
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Overview

Wool, woodstoves, and winter weave together for a cozy week at North House each February.  Join us on campus for this special week-long gathering that celebrates all manner of fiber arts. Featuring speakers, demonstrations, community gatherings, and coursework from long-time North House instructors as well as new guest artisans; tuck in to the warm and wooly camaraderie this winter. Create your own fiber adventure spinning, knitting, felting, sewing, beading and more!

Fiber Friday, a fabulous feature of Fiber Week, will be February 17. We’ll host a day of speakers, mini courses, demonstrations,  and community gatherings, free for all enrolled students. Meet your fellow students and instructors, expand your interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday!

This year’s Featured Guest Instructor is Leon Ozaawaagosh Valliere, a recognized Elder, Spiritual Leader, and Teacher from Waaswaaganing or Lac du Flambeau in Northern Wisconsin.  He was raised in a traditional Ojibwe hunting and gathering culture.  Ozaawaagosh will offer a course in traditional Anishinaabe Finger Weaving and be our Fiber Friday Featured Speaker.

Scroll down for the Fiber Friday schedule,  a list of community gatherings and evening events, and our Fiber Week courses. Registration for courses is open now!

Event Details

EVENT DETAILS

All Week: Evening Activities

Blue Building, North House Campus

Free, no registration required

Tuesday, February 14
7:00pm | Fiber Circle

Join resident artisan and instructor Laura Brown for an evening gathering for fiber friends. Bring a project to work on and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow fiber enthusiasts. All levels are encouraged to join and share. Bring your own materials and tools.

Monday, February 20
7:00pm | Fiber Circle

Join resident artisan and instructor Laura Brown for an evening gathering for fiber friends. Bring a project to work on and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow fiber enthusiasts. All levels are encouraged to join and share. Bring your own materials and tools.

More evening events will be posted soon!

 

FIBER FRIDAY, February 17

A day of learning and community, creativity, and exploration! We’ll start the day out with presentations from two local fiber artists, then enjoy a webinar presented by fiber friends in Sweden. Enrolled Fiber Week students can sign up for afternoon mini courses or enjoy a demo, and the day will be capped off with our Featured Speaker. 

9:00am-1:00pm Speaker Series

2:00-4:00pm Mini Courses and Demos

7:00pm Featured Speaker

Speaker Series

Blue Building, North House Campus

Free, no registration required

9:00am: Weaving Scottish Tartans
Mary MacDonald
Mary will show a PowerPoint on how to read tartan patterns before warping the loom. Tartans must follow registered sett, or specific color order of yarns, to be considered authentic. 
A variety of woven samples will show how the scale or size of the tartan is influenced by the weight of various yarns. Whether weaving heavy tartan blanket or fine fabric, the color order must remain consistent, however. Mary will bring an assortment of weights of yarns and finished tartans to show these differences. 

10:30am: Passionate About Wool: Four Felters in Four Countries
Elise Kyllo
Elise, who recently completed the Artisan Development Program, shares her appreciation for the generosity and passion of four felters who hosted her as she traveled around Scandinavia, helping her discover the wonderful world of wool, felting, and fika. Join us for this warm and woolly travel presentation.

12:00pm: Sätergläntan Webinar
Join us on Zoom or in the Blue Building on campus for a webinar viewing featuring instructors from our sister school Sätergläntan located in Dalarna, Sweden. 
More information and a registration link will be posted soon!

2:00pm-4:00pm Mini Courses

Students enrolled in courses offered during Fiber Week will be able to enroll in a two hour mini course on Fiber Friday. Registration information will be provided via email to registered Fiber Week students. Mini courses are tuition-free for enrolled students; materials fees will vary. Registration for mini courses begins in late January, so sign up for your Fiber Week course today!

Intro to Finger Weaving
with Leon Ozawaagosh Valliere
Get the basics of finger weaving in this mini course. Featured guest Leon Ozawaagosh Valliere will teach the basic set up and techniques in a large group setting. Students will take home a small project underway. A materials fee of approximately $25 will be collected during class.  

Scrap Fiber Beads
with Martha Ritter
Give those fiber bits from the craft room floor a new life in this mini course all about creative sustainability. Using weaving thrums, tiny fabric scraps, and sewing thread, students will create one-of-a-kind beads. This making process is simple and fun, and students will be able to develop their own designs as they bring their beads to life. All materials for the course projects will be provided, but students are welcome to bring scraps from their own stashes for their creations or to share. A materials fee of $5 will be collected during class.

Utilizing Wool Remnants - Easy Patterns and Projects
with Jan Shepherd
Explore creative ways to utilize wool remnants using hand sewing and basic embroidery. Come to class ready to stock your idea folder, create a wool project, and take home several patterns, tips for finishing projects, and a generous bag of wool remnants from Faribault Woolen Mills! Examples such as pincushions, sewing ‘hams’, mittens, pillow forms and seasonal decor will be on-hand for inspiration. You may choose to design and start your project in class or simply copy as many patterns as possible to take home and re-create at a later time. A materials fee of $25 will be collected during class.

Blue Building

Through the eyes of Leon Ozawaagosh Valliere, craft is not simply about making things, but about leading us toward a better life. Craft can help us learn our history, both the beautiful parts and the painful parts. Ultimately, it can help us better understand our relationship with the rest of creation through using our hands to harvest, weave and create. Join Lac du Flambeau elder Ozawaagosh for a discussion of what it is to be a better human, including how his own Anishinaabe cultural and craft traditions shape his worldview. Yes, he'll talk about finger weaving too, but the real story here is about returning to and understanding the roots of a shared human experience. This is not a not-to-be missed evening.
 

COVID UPDATES
Our plans for Fiber Week 2023 remain fluid as the pandemic remains a presence in our lives. Keep an eye on this page for any schedule changes.

Course Offerings

Rag Rug Weaving for Beginners

Mon, Feb 13th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023
Day 1: 4-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Julie Arthur

Anishinaabe Finger Weaving

Tue, Feb 14th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023
9am-5pm each day

Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Tue, Feb 14th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Jo Wood

Seven Ways To Knit a Fiber Week Hat and a Dye Pot Too!

Tue, Feb 14th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Martha Owen

Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Wed, Feb 15th, 2023  –  Thu, Feb 16th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Cheryl Larsen

Beginning Spinning: Spindle and Wheel

Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Mon, Feb 20th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Martha Owen

From Scraps to Substance: Traditional Patchwork Reimagined

Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Sun, Feb 19th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Laura Brown

Introduction to Nålbinding

Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Mon, Feb 20th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Melba Granlund

Surface Design on Fabric

Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Sun, Feb 19th, 2023
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-4pm
Instructor: Becky Utecht

Three-Dimensional Felting

Sat, Feb 18th, 2023  –  Sun, Feb 19th, 2023
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Elise Kyllo