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Northern Fibers Retreat
February 16-19, 2017

Co-hosted with the Grand Marais Art Colony
and the Northwoods Arts Fiber Guild
 The Art & Craft of Fiber


What could be better than focusing on fibers
in the heart of winter? !


2017 Event Booklet


This five day event celebrates all manner of fiber arts, featuring seminars and course offerings from long-time North House instructors as well as featured guest Nancy Bush. This year marks our 7th annual Northern Fibers Retreat, a collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony, North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild. Returning this year are the Show n’ Share and the popular Lunch and Learn series. Also on the schedule, a kids program and more!


As always, we invite a featured instructor who enhances the knowledge of students by providing insight into various forms of fiber craft. This year we welcome knitter Nancy Bush as the featured instructor. Nancy has a passion for traditional knitting techniques and ethnic knitting patterns. The main focus of study during her knitting career has been the traditional knitting of Estonia and she has traveled there extensively. Although not a Scandinavian country, Estonia’s landscape, craft materials and motifs share some similarities with those of Scandinavian countries. Nancy will teach two courses, one on Estonian Lace and one on Knitting Estonian Gloves  as well as offer a public talk during the event.

Event Course Offerings
Coursework for the Fiber Retreat features some brand new courses and some old favorites. To review all of the currently scheduled courses in Calendar Format visit the February 2017 course calendar

Starting Wednesday, Feb 15
- In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop
- Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session
- Estonian Lace: A Beautiful Tradition

Starting Thursday, Feb 16
- Help Yourself to Knitting
- Selbuvotter Mittens: The Classic Norwegian Mitten
- Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics
- Wooly Critters
- History to Handcraft: Highlight on the Fiber Arts

Starting Friday, Feb 17
- Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat
- Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics
- Spinning the Luxury Fibers
- Weaving the Hand Bag Basket
- Bead Weaving: Deerskin Bag

Starting Saturday, Feb 18
- Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft
- Spinning Series: At the Wheel
- Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods through Bead Embroidery
- Inkle Loom Weaving Introduction
- Knitting Estonian Gloves
- Spinning Series: Preparing Fibers
- Inkle Loom Weaving Continuation

   offered at the Grand Marais Art Colony



Looking at 2017:

Learn More about the Northern Fibers Retreat
Resources to Download:

2017 Event Program

Map showing route from
North House to Art Colony (PDF)

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info




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