Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota Special Events
120 WEST 3RD AVENUE   PO BOX 626    GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA 55604    218-387-2737

Northern Fibers Retreat

February 12 - 15, 2015

Celebrate the Art and Craft of fibers in the heart of winter.  This cozy retreat features a variety of classes, Lunch and Learn lectures, a show and share and more, all while celebrating with other fiber enthusiasts.

Co-hosted with the North House Folk School and the Northwoods Fiber Guild.  Classes and programs will be offered at both the Art Colony & North House (NH).

2015 programming is still in process.
For a full schedule of the 2014 event, click here.

2014 information below
Details pending for 2015

Community Gatherings
Community gatherings are open to the general public as well as Retreat participants.  Pay special attention as some require pre-registration and others are open to drop-in upon.  Also, the locations vary.

Fireside Fibers: Film Screening: Sweetgrass
Thurs, Feb. 13 | 7 pm | @NH | No reservation needed
Gather around the woodstove with fellow fiber enthusiasts. We’ll have the fire lit and the tea pot on; bring your own projects to work on and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students and instructors as we screen Sweetgrass, a documentary film about sheep herding in Montana. We’ll leave some lights on so you can continue to craft if you wish.

Yoga for Fiber Folk
Friday, Feb 14 | 5:15-6:15 | @Art Colony | Registration Required

Sitting and crafting all day is good for the spirit but can be hard on the body! Join certified Iyengar yoga instructor Kathy Horak to learn how yoga can help prevent and relieve the aches and pains that cramp your creative self. Kathy will focus on simple stretches for the back, shoulders, wrists and hands that you can easily replicate at home: no special equipment (or spandex!) is required, just a willingness to learn. A free benefit for NHFS/GMAC retreat students; $10 for others. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Lunch & Learn
Friday, Feb 14 and Saturday, Feb 15 | Noon | @East Bay Suites (21 Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais | Registration Required for catered lunch

Whether you are a student taking a class or just interested in fiber, join us for Lunch & Learn which includes a catered lunch by a local restaurant ($12), pre-registration is required. Or drop-in with your own lunch and listen for FREE! 

Friday Presentation: "Papercutting: Drawing with a Knife" with Andrea Martin. Catered by The Pie Place Cafe
The age-old tradition of papercutting has become popular again!  Learn about the history of this magical artform through contemporary examples.  Watch a demonstration of a blank sheet of paper become a true work of art. 

Lunch includes:
Turkey Club with a Bacon Fire Roasted Mayonnaise on Multi Grain Bread, Potato Cheddar Soup, Ultimate Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies. Veggie &/or Gluten Free option by request.

Saturday Presentation: "Textile Traditions of the Peruvian Andes" with Kaitlyn Bohlin. Catered by The Crooked Spoon
Sustainable tourism is growing trend that empowers local artisans to make living wages while offering tourists an educational cross-cultural experience. North House's Development Manager Kaitlyn Bohlin will share her experience working for a grassroots nonprofit in Peru dedicated to sustainable tourism in the highland communities of the Sacred Valley. She'll talk about local efforts to revitalize the Andean textile tradition, initiatives bringing income directly to artisans, and some of the challenges and successes of the changing international tourist market.

Lunch includes:
Ham, Hard Salami, Pepperoni, aged Provolone, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion on Ciabatta served with Dill Pickle Potato chips OR Rosemary Popcorn

Show & Share - hosted by Northwoods Fiber Guild
Friday, Feb 14 | 7-9pm | @ Art Colony | No registration needed

Spark your creativity! Everyone is invited to bring any fiber project they are working on to share with the group. All participants will be invited to speak for a minute or two about their work and process in an informal, fun gathering. If time permits, work on individual projects in community with other fiber aficionados. Desserts, coffee and tea will fuel the conversation.

Fireside Chat with Bob Carls
Saturday, Feb 15 | 6pm | @ Sivertson Gallery (14 Wisconsin St in Grand Marais) | No registration needed

Complimentary lecture by wood turner and artist Bob Carls in a world class northern-inspired art gallery.

Yarn Tasting Party at Raven's Beak Design
Saturday, Feb 15 | 6:30-8:30pm | @ Raven's Beak Design (in The Garage, 16 First Ave. W. in Grand Marais) | Registration Required

Enjoy wine, snacks, take home yarn/fiber samples and raffle prizes (everyone a winner). For details and registration contact:; 218-387-2621 

Fireside Fibers & Pie Social: Open Studio
Saturday, Feb 15 | 7-9pm | @North House | No registration needed

Once the Fireside Chat is over, return to our fireside at North House for an Open Studio session. Work on projects from your course (we guarantee there will be some mukluk makers hard at work) or bring a project from home: we’ll have the woodstove lit & the tea pot on; bring your own projects to work on and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow students and instructors. And did we mention pie and ice cream? We’ll have that too, so save room!

RETREAT WORKSHOPS at the Art Colony & North House

Starting Thursday, Feb 13
Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series - 1 day* | @ NHFS
Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps - 1.5 days* | @ NHFS
- Help Yourself To Knitting: Beginning Knitting Class - 2 days* | @ NHFS
Knit the North House Logo - 1 day* | @ NHFS
Knitting Norwegian-Style Fingerless Mitts - 1.5 days* | @ NHFS
Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirts - 2.25 days* | @ NHFS

Starting Friday, Feb 14 
Wheel You Be Mine - .25 days | @Art Colony
Expedition Footwear: Making Moosehide & Canvas Mukluks - 2.5 days* | @ NHFS
Wool Table Runner: Learning To Weave On A Frame Loom - 3 days* | @ NHFS
Spinning Fibers On A Wheel - 2 days* | @ NHFS

Starting Saturday, Feb 15
- Button it Up with Glass - 1/2 day | @Art Colony
Clay Adornments: Brooches, Buttons, Pins - 1/2 day | @Art Colony
Drawing with a Knife: Intro to Paper Cutting - 1 day | @Art Colony
Northwoods in Stitches - 2 days | @Art Colony

Knitting Socks: The Essential Craft - 1 day* | @ NHFS
Handcrafting A Broom-Corn Broom - 2 days* | @ NHFS
Fibers For Kids - 1/4 day* | @ NHFS
- Wooly Birds: Intro To Felting - 1/2 day* | @ NHFS
Colorworks: Eco Printing & Flower Pounding - 2 days* | @ NHFS
Bookbinding: North House Fiber Retreat Journal, First Edition - 1.5 days* | @ NHFS

Starting Sunday, Feb 16 
Fiber Exploration for Spinners - 1 day* | @ NHFS
Yarn, Yarn, Yarn: An Exploration - 1/2 day* | @ NHFS

For a full schedule of events and classes, download the Fiber Retreat Brochure.

Northern Fibers Retreat Brochure 2014

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