Laura Berlage

Fiber Arts

About

Laura is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming idea into form and overlapping narrative and visual. Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with mentorships and intensives that offer engaged, hands-on teaching with small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

 

Click below to view and sign up for the group classes offered by Laura Berlage through John C. Campbell Folk School


Crochet Basket From Sheets

Crochet Basket From Sheets

Starts March 11 - Learn more and sign up


Felted Crochet Wool Rug

Felted Crochet Wool Rug

Starts April 5 - Learn more and sign up


Folk School at Lessonface


With a personable nature, storyteller's style, and inclusive attitude, Laura has built a class community of trust and mentorship that is both supportive and nurturing.

Special attention to detail for project kits and support materials fosters a successful learning experience from start to finish.  With hundreds of classes to more than 1,000 students via Zoom now under her belt, Laura's process has become honed and confident within the field of bringing fiber arts and creative education to the online sphere.  She helps you feel like you're right there with her in the cozy Fiber Loft of her farm, with adorable updates about lambing season or exciting news about what's coming up next.


Reviews from Group Classes


Jackie F. on October 2, 2023
Class: Embroider a Corner Bookmark

I loved the class and instructor. Very informative with discussion of other ideas for this project.



Donna M. on October 2, 2023
Class: Embroider a Corner Bookmark

Always lovely to learn a new skill, and Laura did an excellent job.



Jackie on September 30, 2023
Class: Embroider a Corner Bookmark

I just loved the class and Laura have such clear instructions. My bookmark came out very well and we had a great time. I look forward to more of her classes. Jackie



Libba P. on September 29, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Fabulous!!!



Verified Student on September 28, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

It was great, a lot of fun, and the presenter has a huge personality!



Verified Student on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Informative and fun!



Verified Student on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Thoroughly enjoyed the class! Great project for gifts. I had tried to make them myself years ago but they did not felt up. From Laura’s class I have been able to resolve my issues. It looks great!



Mary A. on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Laura did a great job teaching the class. I really enjoyed it.



Verified Student on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

It was delightful. A great group of people and Laura really kept everyone engaged. I love that she told a story and sang songs. Really gave me a feel for fiber arts of old and how just the practical part of fiber arts continued oral traditions (spoken and musical). The class also opened the door for simple gift making :)



Kelly W. on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Very fun and the instructor was knowledgable and very helpful.



Verified Student on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

I was very pleased with the content and presentation of this course. I was hoping that I would be able to make felted soap to give as gifts. My goal was achieved.



Joyce . on September 26, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

Laura was a great teacher, made us all feel welcome, stayed on task and was very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the class!



Mary P. on September 25, 2023
Class: Felt on a Bar of Soap

I really enjoyed the class. The instruction was clear and it was a lot of fun!



Debi B. on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

I enjoyed the class and learned so much. It was a lot of fun with all the participant’s input and Laura is an amazing instructor! I would definitely recommend to others.



Verified Student on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion



Amy on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

It was lovely. Teacher was great. Highly recommend!!



Mrs. S. on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

Class was great! A nice project that participants took ahold of and made their own with many creative ideas to take to the next level.



Kathleen on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

Our class was excellent and fun to have comments and tips from across the US and Scotland. We were able to complete our projects in the time allotted and have ‘Show andTell’. I’m looking forward to more classes with JCFS LesdonFace.



Elizabeth B. on September 11, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

It was so much fun and doable! The instructor’s teaching style was very effective but relaxed and fun. And the project was perfect for the amount of time. A lot of other information was available as she interacted with students too. Thank you so much for this class I hope to take many more on zoom!



Danielle L. on September 10, 2023
Class: Stitch a Flower Pin Cushion

Excellent!! Good discourse with instructor and students alike. All our question were not only answered and we were given lots of options in which to move forward.

Academic Credentials:

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College (2011)
BA in Creative Writing and Performing Arts, Vermont College of Union Institute and University (2008).

Mentorships:

Jane Adams, Norwegian Bead Embroidery (2023)
Laura Demuth, Norwegian Pickup Bandweaving (2002)
Sirella Ford, Anishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery and Loomwork (2002)
Andrea Myklebust, Contemporary Tapestry Weaving (2021)
Marcie McIntire, Anaishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery (2021 and 2023)
Emily Moe, Moe Sew Co. Millinery (2018)
Amy Oxford, Oxford School of Punch Rug Hooking (2015)
Fran Potter, Traditional Navajo Weaving (1999-2005)
Madeline Sattler, Fundamentals of Art (1996-2002)

Exhibits:

"Embellishment" Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, Decorah Iowa (July 2023-Jan2024)
"National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition," Vesterheim, Decorah, Iowa (July 2022)
"RAV'N Annual Upper St. Croix Art Exhibition," Solon Springs, WI (July 2022)
"Socially Distanced, Creatively Connected," Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Iowa (July 2021-Jan 2022)
"Punch Needle Contemporary Artists," Sauder Village, Amy Oxford curator, Ohio (Aug 2021)

Publications:

Vesterheim Rosemalling Letter
"A Fiber Journey into Rosemaling," 2021, Vol. 53 No. 3, Pgs. 115-8

American Tapestry Alliance, www.americantapestryalliance.org 
Fine Art Tapestry, “Weave Me a Different Story:  Alternative Narrative Meets Tapestry.”
Triannual Review of Tapestry Art Today, Summer 2020, Vol. 46 No. 2, Pgs. 7-8

American Tapestry Alliance, www.americantapestryalliance.org 
Origin Stories, “Weave Me a Different Story:  Alternative Narrative Meets Tapestry.”
Quarterly Review, Winter 2018, Vol. 44 No. 4, Pgs. 12-13

Sawyer Co. Gazette, Sawyer Co. Record, Spooner Advocate, Ashland Daily Press, Bayfield Co. Journal, The Country Today, and Others. Winter, Hayward, Spooner, Ashland, and state-wide in WI
Weekly “Down on the Farm” columnist on homesteading, local foods, and community awareness topics, June 2012 to present

Depth and breadth of skills, process discipline, the "why" of each step, and practice-earned pro tips are signatures of Laura's teaching style.  Her dedication to study, improvement, diversification, and excellence bring a roundedness to her curriculum that crosses genres, cultures, and eras.  Her interdisciplinary approach means students have a real master leading her class, with over 25 years of arts training and experience.

Learning with Laura is not just about the "how to's" of the medium.  During the class, she weaves in intersectionality with history, mythology, biology, culture, creative process, ballads, and more.  "I never thought I'd learn so much about [add the subject here]" is a common comment during a course, as layered depth and meaning-making connect hands, minds, and hearts on the learning journey.

Loading cart contents...
Load contents