Fiber to the People!

The Weavers Guild of Minnesota is taking a deep dive into historical and sustainable textile production methods through classes, field trips, and partner events. We’ll create yarns from foraged nettle fibers, dye yarns and fabric from plants you can learn to grow and preserve here in Minnesota, learn to spin using sticks, and mend our clothes and other textiles using loom waste. Handspun and handwoven sails powered ships that crossed the oceans, while socks and tunics created from foraged materials and tools supported civilizations and have lasted centuries for us to examine. Join us in exploring this fiber heritage!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Upcoming Classes and Events

April 30, May 7 & 14: Pick-up Band Weaving on the Backstrap Loom – learn to backstrap-weave patterned bands.

May 11-12: Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival Pop-up, Washington County Fairgrounds

May 18: Spring Fleece Washing and Prep – learn to process a spring fleece.

May 18: Aspire Artisan Studios and Folk School Pop-up, Waconia, MN

May 22: FREE Talk: Planning a Dye Garden for Our Cold Weather Climate

May 22: Bengala Mud Dyeing, St. Paul Public Schools Community Education Program

May 23: Spinnekrok Spinning – spin with a stick!

June 5 & 8: Earth Color Project – create a non-toxic dye using soil from your yard or garden!

June 5, 12, 19: Beginning Card (Tablet) Weaving – create patterned, textured bands.

June 14-15: Communities in the Cloth – part of the Northern Spark late-night art festival.

June 19: Bead Weaving – Peyote Stitch, St. Paul Public Schools Community Education

June 22-23: Weave a Wall Hanging – use simple tools to create a beautiful wall hanging.

July 24 & 31, Aug 7 – Beginning Bias Weaving on a Peg Loom, St. Paul Public Schools Community Education

July 31: Carding and Spinning with Reclaimed Fiber – use reclaimed materials to create new yarn.

August 2: Weave-&-Stitch Scarf – free-weave and stitch reclaimed fabric to create a unique scarf.

August 10 & 17: Double-Faced Tablet Weaving – create bands with double-sided patterns.

August 15: Zero-Waste Natural Bundle Dyeing – guilt-free natural dyeing.

August 17: Warp-Weighted Loom Weaving, Aspire Artisan Studios, Waconia, MN

August 24-25: Weave a Wall Hanging – use simple tools to create a beautiful wall Hanging.