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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 braided wool 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 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
3 Days
Teaser image for Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom: Spring Scarves

Learn to weave on the rigid heddle loom while making a beautiful, lightweight scarf perfect for spring evenings. Using the instructor's rigid heddle looms, students will learn how to set up the loom, weave the scarf, and finish it with a lovely fringe. No previous weaving experience is required to…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler
3 days
Teaser image for Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Weft-Faced Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom

For those who are intrigued with the rhythm and repetition of weaving but not ready to commit to  the complexities of the floor loom, the rigid heddle loom offers an accessible place to start learning the warp from the weft and other weaving intricacies. Using North House rigid heddle looms,…
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Traudi Bestler

Past Courses Offered by Traudi Bestler

Easy Weaving on a Cardboard Loom

Inkle Loom Weaving

Inkle Loom Weaving Introduction

Kumihimo with Beads

Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding

Tablet Weaving

Tapestry Weaving: Painting with Fiber