Class Proposals

Planning is now under way for classes to be offered at North Country Fiber Fair 2020. NCFF typically features at least one nationally recognized teacher; this year we will be hosting Laura Senator (A.K.A. Laura Spinner), who will be teaching classes on virtuoso plying, microwave dyeing, her “magic thumb” method of lockspinning and tailspinning, and creative corespinning.

We are looking for new ideas for classes in addition to ones that have worked well in the past. Our NCFF attendees tend to like classes that will allow them to “taste,” if you will, a new technique or material. Classes that allow students to take home an item they have made are also popular. We define Fiber Arts fairly broadly at NCFF: paper, pine needles and wire all fit under our class umbrella. Class proposals that focus on beginning and/or unique skills in any of the traditional Fiber Arts, as well as unusual methods in a wide variety of craft forms (basketry, bookmaking, needlework, rug hooking, sprang, etc.), will be given particular consideration. Please keep this in mind and think about what you could contribute to this year’s fair. If you have an idea for a class (up to three classes may be proposed), we need to hear from you by Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Our class proposals form can be found HERE.

Please fill out one form per class proposal. If you propose more than one class, you do not have to include all the Instructor information, apart from your name, on any for except the first. If you have taught at NCFF recently, you may request us to use the biography we have on file.

Please submit your proposal form(s) as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Please include, in a separate email to catp2tog@gmail.com, a photo or photos (.jpeg or .png) of the finished class project showcasing the skills taught in the class. WE CANNOT USE photos embedded in a pdf. Make sure the resolution of each photo is good, shows well in both color and black and white, and represents the class accurately. We use your photos to promote your classes in the NCFF booklet and website, and on social media; photos and a clear description of the class and project outcome are imperative for generating student enrollment.

For those of you that have taught for us in the past, there are a few changes that you should take note of:

1. Classes are priced at $15 per class hour per student. That is, a student will pay $45 when registering for a 3-hour class. Instructors will receive half this amount: $22.50 for each student in that class.

2. The board encourages you to offer 3-hour classes, with a maximum being 4 hours.

3. Please be explicit about all materials that students are expected to bring to the class, as well as about what students will receive if you charge them a materials fee.

Unfortunately, NCFF is unable to offer travel and/or lodging stipends.

NCFF will let you know if your class was chosen to be offered at NCFF 2020 no later than April 3, 2020. 

If you have any questions, please contact the board at 605-956-7909 or info@northcountryfiberfair.org.

Thank you for your support of North Country Fiber Fair!