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Welcome to our August 2014 newsletter!  We bring you the latest news at Anoka Fiber Works

Reminder:  The shop will be closed Aug 9 - 18 for Summer Vacation.   Plan you shopping accordingly!  

Hey kids!  The FREE Youth Fiber Mentoring classes on Tuesday afternoons at 2 PM are quickly coming to an end.  August 5 is a weaving class.  August 19 learn wet felting.  Ages 8 - 18. Call now to sign up. 

We would appreciate you sharing this newsletter with your fiber friends. 
Please 'like' our facebook page and our Ravelry group to hear about class additions and changes.  Join our conversations there!
In this issue:
  • Our vendor listing
  • The story of Chiaki's Fun Studio 
  • The August class list
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Sun & Mon: by Appt. only
Tues: 10-4    
Wed: 12-8   Thurs: 12-8  
Fri: 10-5       Sat: 10-5       

Located at:
4153 Coon Rapids Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN  55433
Please visit Anoka Fiber Works and support our vendors. 
  • Bekaz Feltworks
  • Black Sheep Family Wool & Crafts
The story of Chiaki and Studio FUN 
My name is Chiaki O’Brien. I have a home studio called Studio FUN in Chaska, MN. I teach both SAORI Weaving and Bengala Dye. I teach not only in the studio, but also off-sites.

I have been having FUN sharing what I love and meeting people through teaching and, of course, it is so fun to create one-of-a-kind items myself!

I met  with the “fiber” world in 1996 when I started taking SAORI Weaving classes in Japan. Since then, I have been fun with fiber of many kinds such as needle felting and stitching. SAORI taught me how much fun it is to explore, create and be creative.

I met Dawn from Anoka Fiber Works last fall at the Fall Fiber Festival. She took a Bengala Dye class from me. That’s how AFW and I got connected. After that I started selling my work at their shop. I really love to make connections like this!  In the shop, you’ll see some small woven pins, Bengala Dyed scarves, Bengala Stenciled tote bags and some needle felted items. Hopefully I’d like to offer items seasonally, so please check it out!

Very recently, I again started learning how to spin. In the near future, I’d love to make my own “art yarn” and create something fun with it! Thank you, Mary, from AFW for helping to find the right wheel for me.  

Other than working with fiber, I am a Japanese Taiko drumming performer.  Taiko allows me to go to places such as schools and festivals to perform.  Though I never played Taiko in Japan, this art form gives me the opportunity to introduce my own culture.  Doing fiber works and playing Taiko drums keeps me busy and balanced. There is cross over and I find inspiration between them.  I don’t know what leads me to the next step, but for now, I can’t stop any of these OR chocolate!
Class offerings as of 8/14/14
Preregistration is needed for all classes, to preregister, simply, stop by or call during business hours. All class fees are payable to the instructor.

AFW will be closed
August 9-18 for Summer Vacation

Dye to Spin
Learn to microwave dye a braid of your own colorway for your hand spinning pleasure.  4 oz of roving and dye included, add’l roving available for purchase.
Instructor: Dawn from Creative Souls
Wednesday,  Aug 20  from 1-4                               
Fee: $25
Socks to Dye for
Using food safe dyes we will dye sock yarn in the bright fun colors of your choice. Includes sock yarn and dyes. Ages 5 and up.
Instructor: Dawn from Creative Souls
Thursday, Sept 25  from 5:30-8:30
Fee: $36
Blending Board Basics
Have a new blending board? Or want to try one before you buy one? This is the class for you. Bring your blending board ( or inquire about renting one) with and  at least 4 oz of dyed roving (can be purchased at the shop), add ins will be provided.
Instructor: Tiffany from The Wooly Witch
Saturday, Sept 13  from 11 am-1pm or
Saturday, Oct 11 from 11am -1pm
Fee: $25
Blend 2 Spin
It’s a blending party! Bring your blending board or call ahead to rent one and some base fibers.  Tiffany will have a smorgasbord of fibers and add ins available by the oz.
Instructor: Tiffany, The Wooly Witch
Wednesday,  Aug 27  from 6-8:30 or
Wednesday, Sept 24 from 6-8:30 or
Wednesday, Oct 29 from 6-8:3-
Fees: varies by weight
Intro to Needle Felting
While learning the basics of needle felting, you will do both flat decorative and 3D work. Materials included.
Instructor: Dawn from Creative Souls
Wednesday, Oct 8  from 5:30-8
Fees: $25
Wet Felting 101
In this class you will learn the basics of 3 different wet felting techniques. You will use a resist, create fiber beads and decorative flat work. All materials are included.
Instructor: Dawn from Creative Souls
Wednesday, Sept 10 from 5:30-8:30
Fee: $30
Rag Weaving
Learn the old time technique of twinning to weave on a frame loom.  You can choose to weave on a pot holder or rug size loom. Please bring a colorful old sheet to be cut up to class.
Instructor: Dawn from Creative Souls
Saturday,  Aug 23  from 1-4 or
Thursday, Sept 11 from 6-9
Fee:  $40
Socks on circs
 2 at a time, toe up or cuff down.  Brenda will teach you to knit socks, and she’ll help customize the pattern to fit your foot. This is a drop in and ongoing  class, meaning start any Tuesday you want and come whenever you need help or encouragement.
Instructor: Brenda K. the sock guru
Tuesdays from 10-noon
Fee: $36
‘Fiber Works’ Basket
Learn basic  basket weaving skills while making a beautiful oval  oak bottom basket.
Instructor: Elle Lida
Sunday, Sept 21 from 11am-4pm
Fee: $60 plus materials all tools provided
Felting a Mini Tote
With Heather Woolove
Thursday, Sept 18 from 6-9pm
Fiber Field Trip to Ewe Spun Fiber Mill
Sunday, Oct. 19 
Coming soon!
Intro to the Hackle with Tiffany
Intro to Spinning Flax with Jodi Marx
Make your own Mukluks with Jo Wood
Nuno Felted Scarf, Felted Hat and
Felted Slippers with Becky
Wet Felted Lattice Scarf with Dawn
On Going Events
(no fee & no pre-registration required)
Yarn On!
Whatever your yarn is on (needle, hook, loom, spindle or wheel) bring it in. This is a time for work, encouragement, help or showing off.
Hosted by: Dawn from Creative Souls
Wednesdays, 4-8    
Warp & Weave
All levels of weavers are welcome as we explore small loom weaving in all its many forms.  
Thursdays, 4-8                    
Spin In
Open spinning for all spinners (beginner through advanced, Wheel & spindle)
2nd & 4th Saturday of every month - 10-4
2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month - 10-4
Dye Lab
$25 for 4 hours includes use of all equipment, bring your own dyes or purchase them here
Fleece Scouring
$10 a pound, includes use of all necessary equipment. Bring your own scouring agent and fleece or purchase them here.
Drum Carder
$10 for 4 hours use of a Strauch finest drum carder in the shop.
Spinning Wheels
$2/day for up to 2 weeks
Spinolution, Louet or Schacht.
$5 a day in shop use
$10 for 4 hours in shop use
Blending Board
$10 for 4 hours  in shop use
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