North Country Fiber FairTwenty-Three Years and Counting


Skill sharing plays an important role at the North Country Fiber Fair. Photo: CMY World Photography.

Who doesn't love stash enhancement? Photo: CMY World Photography.




For more than twenty years, the North Country Fiber Fair has striven to connect fiber artists and fiber producers in South Dakota. This year's event will be held September 18‒20 in Watertown, located in the northeastern part of the state. As in the past, the fair schedule is packed with great workshops, demonstrations, and competitions, but fair-goers always find plenty of time for the ever-popular vendor hall. Members of local guilds share their passions for spinning, knitting, weaving, and more with a series of demonstrations throughout the weekend. And area fiber producers give visitors the opportunity to see sheepshearing and sheepdogs doing their important work.


The organizers select a blend of local, regional, and national instructors to teach a wide variety of classes. Topics range from beginning spinning to crocheted rag rugs, Bengala soil dyeing to spinning off the point. Well-known spinning instructor and author Sarah Anderson will be teaching a full schedule of classes at this year's event. Here is what you can take with Sarah on Saturday at the North Country Fiber Fair:


Blending and Spinning Short and Exotic Fibers with Sarah Anderson

"The world of spinning is deep and wide and the range of fibers available to us has expanded to include material that we could only imagine a few years ago. Many exotic fibers are slippery and have very short staple so are often spun in blends. This class will be a day of exploring short fibers that are both exotic (possum, cashmere, camel, yak, dehaired angora, silks) and not-so-exotic (cotton, fine wools). You'll get your hands on an array of luscious fibers and will design your own custom fiber blends. You will learn blending and drafting techniques that make spinning short fibers a pleasure."


Sarah Anderson will be teaching at the NCFF this year. 


Can't make it to South Dakota to take Sarah's workshops? Check out her DVD Building Blocks of Spinning.



North Country Fiber Fair

September 18‒20, 2015

Codington County Extension Complex

Watertown, South Dakota

Admission is free.



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