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Traudi Bestler

Long Lake, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Traudi Bestler

Traudi has been weaving and creating textile projects for over 30 years. Her prime interest is passing along the history and joy of making fiber art. Traudi studied weaving, spinning, and dyeing at the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, The Weaving School, and Sievers School of Fiber Arts. She currently teaches weaving and dyeing at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and has been a workshop presenter for the last 25 years at the MN Federation of Weavers conferences.

Current Courses Offered by Traudi Bestler

3 Days
Teaser image for Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug

Handcraft A Wool Braided Rug

The three-strand wool braided rug is reminiscent of an era when rag rugs were considered an affordable way to reuse worn clothing and blankets to create a rug for the home.  Early American immigrants and rural pioneers handcrafted the rag rug and created a fiber tradition that has been passed…
Fri, Oct 9th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 11th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
2 Days
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Inkle Loom Weaving

Inkle looms are a great way to get started with weaving: they require little additional equipment, are easy to use and to understand, and are easily stored. Specially designed to be used for making strong, patterned bands, inkle looms are used for weaving belts, laces, bookmarks, guitar and other instrument…
Tue, Jul 14th, 2020  –  Wed, Jul 15th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
1 Day
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Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding

The simple three-stranded braid most of us learn in childhood is only a glimpse of the deep historical and cultural roots of traditional braids. In this one day workshop, you’ll focus on technique that reaches back centuries, but can be used as a vehicle for very modern beaded jewelry. After…
Mon, Jul 20th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
3 Days
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Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber

Woven tapestries are said to bring the northern landscape alive through geometric, curved, representational, or abstract images. In this three-day class, you will assemble and warp a frame, then weave a small tapestry of your design using the North Shore landscape as inspiration. Proper mounting and hanging techniques will also…
Fri, Jul 17th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Traudi Bestler

Past Courses Offered by Traudi Bestler

Easy Weaving on a Cardboard Loom

Inkle Loom Weaving Introduction

Kumihimo with Beads

Tablet Weaving

Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom