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

Classes

Expand your knowledge and abilities with a fiber class.
No refunds will be made, if you must cancel, you may find someone to take your place.

Registration is now open!

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Saturday Morning classes

9:30 to noon, Schollander Pavilion


Needle Felted Chocolates- Anna Lynch

$20, payable when you register     $5 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

Learn to make 3-dimensional, realistic chocolate bon-bons using various needle felting techniques. No experience necessary, you will learn all you need in the class to shape and decorate your own chocolate in any style you can think of. Kit fee includes all materials and the needle.

Ages 12 and up only please.

Beginner Drop Spindle – Julie Mangnall and Jeanne Roster

$20, payable when you register     $12 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

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’ll teach a simple drop spindle spinning technique 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.

Ages 12 and older.

Knit Folk Santa -Amy Munson

$20, payable when you register     $6 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

Learn the basics of stranded knitting in the round with the Knit Folk Santa Ornament. Designed by the instructor, the class will include tips to cast on multiple double pointed needles, knitting in the round, tension with stranded knitting, and an intarsia technique. The finished ornament stands approximately 6.5 inches tall when knit using sport weight yarn.

If knitting on tiny needles (US size 1) and sport weight yarn is not your bag, the pattern can also be knit up in a larger needle (US size 4) using worsted weight yarn.

A perfect gift or a keepsake for your own home, these are a quick knit that is sure to please.

Participants should have basic knitting knowledge and be able to knit (there is no purling in this class). This project is good for knitters of all levels.

Supplies to bring

  • Yarn: Sport or Worsted weight Wool, 75 yards of main color 50 yards of coordinating color for the body of the Santa. A yard of skin tone yarn for the face and scraps for the eyes.
  • Needles:  4 DPN to correspond to yarn weight: Sport Weight = US size 1 (2.5 mm); Worsted Weight = US size 4 (3.5mm) 
  • Stuffing 
  • Tapestry needle 
  • Hemostats (optional, used for stuffing the ornament)


Saturday Afternoon classes

12:30 to 3:30 pm, Schollander Pavilion


Sami Style Four-strand Bracelet -Laurie Connolly

$35, payable when you register  $20, pay to teacher in class

In a follow up to the popular class from last year, Laurie will be teaching you how to make the Sami Inspired bracelets with a more complex, four-strand braid. You don’t need to have taken last year’s class or have any experience to take this class.

The Sami people are reindeer herders from northern Norway, Sweden and Finland. These bracelets are made of reindeer leather, embellished with spun pewter thread from Norway and fastened with buttons made of reindeer antler.

Knit Bird -Amy Munson

$20, payable when you register     $6 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

This is a fun quick knit packed full of knitting techniques including casting on and knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing, reading chart, short row shaping, three needle bind off and embroidered finishing touches. I have so many tips to make tiny knits fun to knit.

If knitting on tiny needles (US size 1) and sport weight yarn is not your bag, the pattern can also be knit up in a larger needle (US size 4) using worsted weight yarn.

A perfect gift or a keepsake for your own home, these are a quick knit that is sure to please.

Participants should have basic knitting knowledge and be able to knit (there is no purling in this class). This project is good for knitters of all levels.

Supplies to bring

  • Yarn: Fingering, Sock, Sport or Worsted weight Wool, 15 yards of main color 5 yards of coordinating color and scraps for the eyes.
  • Needles:  4 DPN to correspond to yarn weight: Sport Weight = US size 1 (2.5 mm); Worsted Weight = US size 4 (3.5mm) 
  • Stuffing 
  • Tapestry needle 
  • Hemostats (optional, used for stuffing the ornament)

Outdoor Prayer Flag -Kae Watson of 183 Button Trading Company

$20, payable with your registration $7 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

Supplies to bring

Outdoor prayer flags are a creation meant to convey wishes by the artist and are hung outside to let the prayer be taken by the wind. People of all faiths find making flags to be a joyful expression. The class will introduce the concept of the outdoor prayer flag to fiber artists. Each student will be given materials needed to create a prayer flag as a gift to someone whose heart may be blue or needs encouragement. Once the concept is gained, sharing prayer flags with others will become a passion.   

The kit will require a basic knowledge of knitting or crochet.  If a student does neither, please let Kae Watson know and she will provide the knitted part of the prayer flag for you. Call or text Kae at 701-721-1912 by August 1. 

  • Large crochet hook or size 13 knitting needles
  • Sewing machine (optional, three will be provided for the class)

Basic Mending- Kim Baird

$20, payable when you register

You can fix damaged clothes, even if you have no sewing machine and no sewing experience! Learn to replace buttons, and repair seams and tears with embellishment or invisibly.

Tools and thread will be provided, bring scissors and some clothing that needs mending (or practice on our samples).

Needle Felting Sampler-Teresa Perleberg

$40, payable when you register $12 kit fee, pay to teacher in class

This class is a little different from our other classes in that it is intended for you to try out a variety of different types of fiber and see how they will add variety, depth and texture to your needle felting. You will not be making a specific end project, but instead you will gain experience working with these different fibers with guidance and suggestions from a master needle felter.

This is a great way to experience working with different types of fiber without having to spend a lot of time and money to find and gather them. This experience will help you to know what to look for when you want to add different textures to your future needle felting projects.

Teresa Perleberg is a needle felting sculpture artists and raises her own sheep. She has been raising sheep and needle felting since 2006 and started her own business, Bear Creek Felting, selling her art and teaching classes in 2008. Her art has been sold to people all over the world and been featured in several publications including Better Homes and Gardens!

11 am Sunday morning, Hartl Building


Designer, knitter and quilter Amy Munson

Publish Your Own Patterns – Amy Munson

$10, payable when you register

Have ever wished that you could design your own knitting patterns? The thought of being able to make whatever you can dream up is a very exciting and creative prospect for many knitters! But the process can feel incredibly intimidating and overwhelming along with technical and time consuming.
It’s not just a matter of coming up with a design, writing down the pattern and sending it out into the world. Pattern development takes time and involves several stages before a pattern is finally ready for release.
Meet designer Amy Munson and her catalog of nearly 40 patterns. Learn about how she started designing patterns and takes inspiration to finished pattern.

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