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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.

Course Offerings

Felted geese

Felting Exploration: Sculptural Felting

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Tue, Feb 12th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019

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

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

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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

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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

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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