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Northern Fibers Retreat

Wed, Feb 13, 2019 - Sun, Feb 17, 2019
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Overview

Wool and woodstoves, friends and fibers: it all weaves into a cozy tapestry during the Northern Fiber Retreat. This five-day event celebrates all manner of fiber arts, featuring seminars, community gatherings and coursework from long-time North House instructors as well as new guests artisans. North House is happy to collaborate with the Northwoods Fiber Guild to bring you more than two dozen course options: build your own wooly adventure spinning, knitting, felting, sewing, beading and more.

Welcome Featured Instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad of Kalvåg, Norway

We’re expecting that Featured Guest Instructor and wool expert Karin Flatøy Svarstad of Kalvåg, Norway should have no problem knowing what to pack for her visit to Northern Minnesota in February. Lots of wool! Karin has been researching and working with the wool of the North Atlantic Sea for more than forty years. She focuses on the native sheep of the area dispersed throughout Norway, Shetland, Orkney, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Man during the Viking Era. During her visit over the Northern Fibers Retreat, she will teach two courses in felting: Felting Exploration: Sculptural Felting and Felting: Creative Hats & Bags. Karin will give a public talk in the evening on Saturday, February 16.

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Featured Presentation: The Heritage of Sheep and Wool after the Vikings!

Saturday, 7:30pm

Karin Flatoy Svarstad, our international guest instructor, will share about her project of many years studying native Scandinavian sheep, their wool, and their common link to the Vikings.

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Courses

Courses in knitting, felting, weaving, dying, and more, including two courses taught by our featured guest instructor from Norway, Karin Flatøy Svarstad.

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Lunch & Learn: Sheep and Wool through Story and Song

Friday, 12pm

Catered lunch available; pre-order by Feb 5th required. See details to order.

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Lunch & Learn: Kangaspuut: Finnish American Weavers & Their Looms

Saturday, 12pm

Catered lunch available; pre-order by Feb 5th required. See details to order.

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Dedication and Presentation of the Community Felted Rug Project

Thursday, 7pm

Learn about Mary Reichert's three-week community rug felting project at North House and see the beautiful result.

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Show and Share

Friday, 7pm

Share your work and see the work of others!

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Yoga for Fiber Folk

Saturday, 5pm | UCC Church, 3 blocks from North House

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Community Soup Dinner

Saturday, 6pm

Enjoy a cozy dinner before the Featured Speaker Karin Flatoy Svarstad.

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Highlights

Thursday

Dedication and Presentation of the Community Felted Rug Project
Thursday, 7 pm

In October 2018, felt maker Mary Reichert spent three weeks as instructor in residence at North House leading a community project to create a giant felt rug embedded with the story of the folk school. Come for a dedication of the rug in its permanent home in the Blue Building and for photos and stories of the project.

Friday

Lunch and Learn: Sheep and Wool through Story and Song
Friday, 12pm

Join Martha Owen, sheep farmer and Resident Fiber Artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School for a session of storytelling about her life raising sheep and angora rabbits and pursuing her passion for craft. Martha will share tales, good humor and maybe even a tune or two on her banjo during the Lunch and Learn session. All are welcome.

Bring your own bagged lunch, or order a catered lunch in advance. Click here to place your order by Feb 5th.

Show and Share
Friday, 7 pm

Hosted by the Northwoods Fiber Guild | Blue Building

The Fibers Retreat Show & Share is a cherished event of the weekend when retreat participants and instructors can come together and share work they have done, past and present. Bring something from home or from a retreat class to share. All are welcome.

Are you a member of a regional fiber guild? During the Show and Share, there will be space to put out info on your local fiber guild in case there are others at the retreat from your region who may want to join. Bring flyers or a poster to get the word out!

Saturday

Lunch and Learn: Kangaspuut: Finnish American Weavers & Their Looms
Saturday, 12pm

Join Janet Meany and Mary Erickson to learn how old handmade looms and the rag rugs woven on them carry the stories of Finnish immigrants in Northeastern Minnesota. With a focus on looms, rag rugs, and individual immigrant stories, Janet Meany will share information about Finnish weavers on the North Shore of Lake Superior and Mary Erickson will focus on the Iron Range.

Janet Meany is a co-author with Paula Pfaff of the Rag Rug Handbook, and created The Weavers Friend newsletter. She maintains the Loom Manual Library. Mary Erickson is a fiber artist and a member of the Range Fiber Art Guild.

Bring your own bagged lunch, or order a catered lunch in advance. Click here to place your order by Feb 5th.

Yoga for Fiber Folk
Saturday, 5-6 pm

Held at United Church of Christ, 3 blocks from campus

Local instructor Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will host a gentle yoga class for students at the UCC after class on Saturday. Please BYO mat if possible, a few are available at the church. Free.

Community Soup Dinner
Saturday, 6pm

Soup’s on! We’ll host a cozy soup potluck for all Fiber Retreat students. We’ll provide the soup, please bring a small accompaniment to round out the meal — bread, crackers, fruit, cheese, sweets, it need not be complicated. Enjoy a cozy dinner before the Featured Speaker Karin Flatoy Svarstad.

Featured Guest Instructor Presentation: The Heritage of Sheep and Wool after the Vikings!
Saturday, 7:30 pm

Karin Flatøy Svarstad, our international guest instructor, will share about her project of many years studying Native sheep of the North Atlantic and their wool. She studies the sheep around Norway, Shetland, Orkney, Faroe Island, Iceland, Greenland, Outer Hebrides and Isle of Man, all places that once belonged to Norway. The Vikings brought their sheep to different islands and locations. Even today the native sheep in all these places have a historic link to the Vikings and Norway. Come to learn about regional development based on Native sheep, their wool and small-scale businesses linked to sheep and wool.

Course Offerings

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Felting Exploration: Sculptural Felting

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Tue, Feb 12th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
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Remaking Sweaters into Warm, Colorful Garments

Space Available
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Space Available
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Almost Full
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
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Anishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing

Space Available
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
Towels

Beginning Four Harness Loom Weaving

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Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
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Cobweb Felt Lampshade

Almost Full
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Becky Utecht
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Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

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Fri, Feb 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
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Skinfeller: Norwegian Printed Sheepskins

Almost Full
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Aakre
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Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

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Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

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Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Carol Colburn
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Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

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Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019