Hartl Ag Building, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo info@fiberartsfest.com

Classes and a special demonstration

Expand your knowledge and abilities with a fiber class.

Register online here!

No refunds will be made, if you must cancel, you may find someone to take your place.

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Saturday 9am-12 Noon

Spin Cotton with a Supported Spindle

Instructor:  Julie Mangnall

Class fee: $10, paid when you register     Kit Fee: $30, paid to teacher in class

What a great value! This $44 value kit will have you spinning for days
after the class.
Kit includes:
Takli spindle ($25 value)
3 oz cotton fiber including cinnamon cotton, green cotton and white
cotton ($3 per oz)
Support bowl (up to $10 value)

The Tahkli spindle is a small Indian supported spindle. It spins very fast and is a good choice when you want to spin a short-staple fiber like cotton. Instructor has been spinning for more than 40 years, and developed an interest in spinning cotton while living in Arizona and touring the nearby cotton fields. All supplies are provided as part of the kit fee.

Class will cover:

  • Getting to know your spindle: get acquainted with the spindle and look at why we spin on a supported spindle
  • Yarn exercises: step-by-step exercises with yarn we isolate and learn movements, hand positions and yarn angles. We also look at spindle anatomy and differences in models and design.
  • Managing fiber and technique: spin with fiber and practice park and draft at our own pace. We also dive a bit deeper in technique.
  • We talk about different kinds of fibers (protein vs plant)

Saturday 12 Noon-3pm

Class is full you might check in at the Festival, see if anyone has cancelled at the last minute

Beginner Rug Hooking with the Oxford Rug Punch Tool

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff of Willow Wood Market

Class fee: $12, paid when you register     Kit Fee: $25, paid to teacher in class

Hooked rugs are so charming. Now you can make them faster and with less strain on your wrist by using the Oxford Punch tool. You will create a small project that can be finished in a variety of ways. Finishing options will be demonstrated for you to complete after class.

All supplies and tools will be provided. Oxford punches are supplied for classroom use only. They are available for purchase in the Willow Wood booth.

Your project may resemble these, or design something different!

Sunday 1pm-3pm

Beginner Drop Spindle

Instructors: Julie Mangnall and Jeanne Roster, North Dakota Hand Spinners

Class fee: $10, paid when you register     Kit Fee: $12, paid to teacher in class

Ages 12 and older

Are you interested in learning to spin, but overwhelmed by the choices of spinning wheels, fibers and techniques? Start simply by using a drop spindle. We start with the “park and draft” technique. We talk about drafting techniques that can easily be applied on a spinning wheel as well. Learn about different types of wool and how to get the yarn off when you’re done spinning. Bring your questions and be prepared to be amazed at what you can create. Kit fee includes spindle and fiber.

Instructors share over 40 years of hand spinning experience, testing various spinning methods and fibers, and enjoy teaching this skill to others. Join them for a fun session of learning to make yarn.

Free demo Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 11 am.

Want to know how we get the amazing colors on our T-shirts? We’ll demonstrate the process once each day, on the front porch (because dyeing is messy).

Pictured is our “color expert” wearing his shirt from 2019. This year we’ll have ice-dyed hoodies, too!