The North Dakota Handspinners conference was begun in 2008. In a state as sparsely populated as North Dakota, we need to get together and share our love of fiber arts.

The location of the conference has moved several times, but is now home in Oakes, ND. We have the Community Center with a full gymnasium, a meeting room with tables for fellowship and meals, plus a full kitchen. It’s a no-step building, making it easy for anyone to access.

The driving force behind the conference is Julie Mangnall, a spinner, weaver, knitter, tatter, and quilter for nearly 40 years. Wherever she has lived, Julie has found fiber communities to share, and is always willing to pay that fellowship forward by teaching new spinners.

Jeanne Roster has also enjoyed spinning, knitting, sewing and crafts for many years.

An important group that assists with the conference is the Wooly Women, an informal guild of fiber artists located in the southeast part of North Dakota. These ladies have been instrumental in everything from teaching classes to helping set up to being advocates in the fiber community. We appreciate them so much.

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