Welcome

Image of winter, knitted gloves, knit hat
A handmade gift like knitted mittens or hat made from colorful yarn is one activity of our members.

The Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild is a group of fiber enthusiasts from Southeastern Minnesota who meet once a month to knit, crochet, weave, spin, felt, dye, quilt, talk, network, and play with fiber. 

Meeting Information

The Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild normally meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month* at the Oronoco Community Center 115 2nd St. NW, Oronoco, MN. (Click here for a map). The meetings start at 1:00 p.m. and include a short business meeting, show-and-tell, and a speaker presentation. *Our November/December meeting is combined, with date to be announced.

Our next meeting, Wednesday, September 21, 1 pm. Oronoco Community Center, Oronoco, MN
This is our annual meeting where we elect a new Board of Members, collect annual dues and suggest ideas for next year’s programs.

Our speaker, Meg Stump is the author of three books on pin loom weaving– Pin Loom Weaving, Pin Loom Weaving to Go, and Fabulous Beasts; Pin Loom Woven Animals. She has been weaving on the pin loom for over 40 years, starting with hangings and Amish style blankets, then designing patterns for blankets, clothing, toys, purses and home goods. Meg’s website, PinLoomWeaving.com, is a meeting place for weavers, dedicated to sharing information and expertise on pin looms and the joy of pin weaving. Be sure to bring your show and tell, too!

Meg Stump, Pin Loom Weaving

Future Meeting: Wednesday, October 19, 1 pm Oronoco Community Center

Our October guest speaker is artist Natalie Norman.  Natalie has been a part of the cultural needlework community for over 20 years specializing in embroidered  kjolväskor, or Nordic waist bags which were once used to carry oats or salt so the cows could follow you home.  Sponsored by the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, her embroidered pieces were included in a traveling exhibit which included 5 major American cities and completed a one and a half- year tour in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2019, Natalie received a fellowship from American Scandinavian Foundation to study a cultural, traditional form of folk art.

As a follow up to her presentation she will lead a workshop on November 9th to create a modern waist bag, aka cell phone case, with decorative wool felt appliqué on wool backing and enhanced with traditional embroidery.  The case can also be worn as a cross body bag.  A signup sheet will be circulated at our guild meetings.