April 22, 2017 – Yarnover – sponsored by the MN Knitters' Guild. NEW LOCATION FOR 2017! Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Boulevard, Brooklyn Park MN 55428. Vendor hours: 9 AM – 5 PM.
May 13 & 14, 2017 – Shepherd's Harvest – RETURNS TO MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND! Washington County Fairgrounds, (find Saga Hill in Building B), Lake Elmo, MN. The largest annual fiber event of the year in Minnesota. Sat: 9 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 10 AM - 4 PM.
September 8 – 10, 2017 – 2017 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival (anticipating jury acceptance) – Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin. This is the Midwest's premier sheep and wool festival. You will find Saga Hill in the Country Store (location to be provided with acceptance) on Friday, 10 AM–6 PM; Saturday, 9 AM–6 PM; and Sunday, 9:30 AM–4:00 PM.
November 4, 2017 – Fall Fiber Festival – Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins, MN 55305. All local artists and producers! Local brick and mortar yarn shops are generally unqualified to attend so this is a market where you'll find unique items! Support local micro businesses such as artists and small farms, get your winter project supplies, and finish some unique holiday shopping. Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM.
November 10 – 12, 2017 – Weavers Guild of Minnesota Fiber Fair 2017 – Northrup King Building (Gallery), 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. This 43nd annual fair features the highly-sought-after work of the accomplished members of the WGM. This is a fabulous opportunity to find a wide variety of handcrafted items that are exquisitely created. I will be offering a few hand knit, dyed, and woven items under the Saga Hill label. Friday, 10 AM–7 PM; Saturday, 10 AM–5 PM; Sunday, 12 PM–4 PM.
Other markets will be added as the year proceeds.
WEAVER'S GUILD OF MINNESOTA (WGM)…
(The WGM is a nationally-recognized organization for the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. It is located in the headquarters of the Textile Center of Minnesota, 3000 University Avenue SE, Mpls, MN 55414. Click here to visit the WGM website and register for the following class.)
Flax to Linen Spinning
Feel the presence of your ancestors as you experience spinning flax—one of the most ancient and elegant of all fibers. When spun, flax magically becomes the linen yarn we revere for exquisite weaving and knitting. The instructor—fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—will discuss how flax and other bast fibers are grown and demonstrate the complex processing of the flax plant for hand spinning. You will try your hand at wheel spinning both line (long) flax and tow (short) fibers using a wet-spinning technique. Wendy will also talk about her experience of growing, harvesting, and processing flax as well as share stories of her travels through Sweden to learn about their linen-making tradition. One session class, 3 hours. March 25, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.
GALE WOODS FARM…
(Gale Woods is an educational, working farm and a public park in the Minnesota/Twin Cities Three Rivers Park District. Click here to visit the Gale Woods website and register for one of the following classes. Classes include most materials but a shop discount is also offered to students during the day of the class.)
Spinning Fiber Magic – a beginning spinning workshop
Experience the ancient magic of spinning fiber into yarn on a drop spindle and then try the more "modern" technique of spinning on a spinning wheel. Great opportunity to experience fiber spinning before diving into more in-depth classes! I will provide the fundamentals of fiber spinning while you learn how to spin with fiber from the Gale Woods Farm sheep. One session class, 3 hours. January 28, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.
Try Twined Knitting (aka "Tvåändstickning")
In this traditional knitting technique from Sweden, you work from both ends of a ball of yarn to create a sturdy knit fabric. I will teach you how to knit the unique twined stitch patterns and work with one or two colors of Gale Woods Farm yarn while knitting a small (approx. 4 x 4 inch) notions bag.
Skill Prerequisite: the student must have experience in knitting and purling in the round. The project may be finished in class or at home. One session class, 3 hours. February 18, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.
Fiber Processing 101 (for spinners, felters, knitters, and fiber enthusiasts) – Skirt a fleece and learn how to wash and prepare it by teasing, carding, and combing for a multitude of fiber interests. Fiber is included. One session class, 3 hours. March 11, 2017; 1 – 4 PM.
INGEBRETSEN'S NEEDLEWORK SHOP…
(Ingebretsen's is a Nordic wares shop located at 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Click here to visit the Ingebretsen's website and register for upcoming classes.)
Knit a Nordic Cabled Cowl – Learn about the history of Nordic cabling and how to read and knit cable patterns while beginning to knit a winter-worthy neck cowl with a Nordic flair. Students must know how to knit and purl. Pattern is included in the class fee. Yarn may be purchased at the shop before the class. Saturday, January 21, 2017; 12:30 – 3:30 PM.
Classes are added to this list as they are created. If you're interested in any class shown above but can't attend on the scheduled date, please let me know. If you don't see a class that interests you, some of my previously taught classes include: Lovikka Mitten Knitting; Vintage Lace Knitting; Beginning Knitting; Beginning Dyeing; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others. If one of these sparks your interest (or a class on another subject), please let me know. Advance interest helps establish future classes. I love teaching both the techniques and historical aspects of each knitting subject. When you take one of my classes, you will have a good time playing with yarn and fiber—and in the process, you will learn something more indepth about the subject than you may experience in the typical class. You'll also have more interactive fun than is provided in an online course!
Private classes. I also teach spinning and knitting privately to individuals or small groups. Please contact me by email for more info.