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

Classes

These are the classes for the 2024 Festival!

Online class registration will open on June 15th and run through August 1. In-person registration will be available at the Festival if there is any space remaining in the classes at that time.

Click here to register for classes online!


Saturday

Basketry as Fiber Arts – The Forest to Your Backyard

10:30-11:30 am

Free presentation by our featured artist, basket maker Debbie Johnson, no registration required

Learn about what kinds of basketry and weaving supplies you can find in your own backyard, how to harvest them, and how to prepare them for use. You’ll be amazed at the bounty that you’ve been walking past every day without a second thought.

presentation courtesy of sponsorship from the Fargo Moorhead Quilters.

Needle Felted Dala Horse by Candace Osborn

9:30-11:30am

$20 registration fee, $5 for materials fee – Ages 12 to adult
Needle felting uses special barbed needles to tangle wool fibers into compact felt. Swedish culture has given us carved Dala horses. Our version is a 2-D felt horse that can be used as a pin, refrigerator magnet, or ornament. It’s a good project for a beginner.

Zipper Felted Needle Woven Sheep by Rhonda Berman

10:00am-2:00pm

$55 registration fee, supplies included – Ages 12 to adult

Make a brooch or art piece using zippers, roving and embellishments. The zipper is hand sewn
onto wool felt to outline the design. The inside is needle felted from wool roving. Students will
also learn how to prepare a zipper and apply a pattern. NEW TECHNIQUE: before adding embellishments part of the design will be covered with a small weaving. The threads
will be woven right through the piece. Instruction will be included for needlefelting, weaving concepts, embellishing tips and finishing options. Experience is a plus but is not a prerequisite for the class.

Found Fiber Fun by Debbie Johnson 2024 Featured Artist

3:00-5:00 pm

$20 registration fee, weaving materials provided, tools available for in class use

Weave a miniature basket using cattail rush, dandelion stems and daylily leaves! Participants will learn how to plain weave a simple basket base, the technique of twining for the structure, and finish with a trac border. No prior basket weaving experience needed. Instructional handout provided for future explorations and projects.


Sunday

Basketry as Fiber Arts – The Forest to Your Backyard

1:00-2:00 pm

Free presentation by our featured artist, basket maker Debbie Johnson, no registration required

Learn about what kinds of basketry and weaving supplies you can find in your own backyard, how to harvest them, and how to prepare them for use. You’ll be amazed at the bounty that you’ve been walking past every day without a second thought.

presentation courtesy of sponsorship from the Fargo Moorhead Quilters.

Spinning with a Drop Spindle by Alex Wutzke

10:30am-12:30pm

$15 registration fee, $15 for materials fee (includes spindle) – Ages 12 and older

Are you interested in spinning, but overwhelmed by the choices of spinning wheels, fibers and techniques? Start at the source by using a drop spindle. We’ll teach a simple drop spindle spinning technique that can easily be applied on a wheel as well. Learn about types of fibers and styles of preparation. Bring your questions and be amazed at what you can create!