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10 October 2021
Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
with Laura Berlage
Sundays, September 12 - October 17, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $144 Materials: $95 Shipping: $20
This course takes places over six consecutive Sunday afternoons.
Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This most ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression.
Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10x10 inches. Starting with a simple frame loom, focus will be given to establishing good tapestry technique and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms—beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered. Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber.
Join us for this welcoming online class! This class is beginner friendly, though please note that repetitive beating on the textile with the hand comb may cause aggravation of arthritis.
The materials kit includes a frame loom plus stick shed dowel, ready to assemble; 2 large eye tatting needles; wool yarn for the project; wand comb/beater; spool of cotton warp; copy of the cartoon; and a handout with links to pre-recorded auxiliary tutorials. The student will need to provide for themselves good light; 2-3 tapestry needles; 2 binder clips; and a pair of sharp scissors.
About the Instructor: Laura Berlage 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. Laura began her devotion to tapestry at age 13, studying 5 ½ years with master tapestry weaver Fran Potter before completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011. She continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.
Nature Writing for Women: Honor Autumn: Live Online
with DyAnne Korda
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
As autumn’s colorful landscapes peak, we pause to appreciate summer’s bounty and embrace the season to come. Set aside one Saturday morning to discover the richness of your inner harvest through nature writing. This session is designed to celebrate the strong bond between women and the natural world. You will generate written pieces through free-flowing writing exercises and discussion within a supportive circle of women. Time permitting, you’ll also have the opportunity to share a piece of writing that you find especially inspiring.
About the Instructor: Dyanne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. Her work has been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review. She is author of several poetry and story collections including This Earth Woman, Path of Belonging, and Finding the Lost Woman.
Korda was awarded her second Individual Artist Grant through the Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust and an Artist Access Grant through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to complete her most recent book, The Shore’s Absolute Edge.
Learn to Make Paneer: Live Online
with Gary Colles
Thursday, September 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
October's Cheese of the Month is Paneer!
Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month.
Paneer is a key ingredient in many of your favorite Indian dishes, but how much do you know about this mild cheese? Traditionally eaten fresh and cubed, although paneer has a variety of uses. Paneer is unique as you don't make it with rennet - instead you curdle an acid to make a soft and fluffy cheese.
Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you!
You will receive the recipe and the supplies list with ample time prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption.
About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.
Needle Felt a Pumpkin: Live Online
with Laura Berlage
Friday, October 15, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $36 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15
Register before October 8th in order to receive supplies prior to the class.
Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little pumpkin, just in time for Halloween! We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary - this is a perfect class for the family to take together!
The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two pumpkins, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.
Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating cute, wooly decorative piece in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!
A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.
About the Instructor: Laura Berlage 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 ideas 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 engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.
Snowshoe Lacing Workshop
with Peta Barrett
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 22-24, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuition: $198 Materials: $122
Registration closes on October 10th to allow time for shipment of Country Ways snowshoe kits. Thank you!
When the magic sparkle of snow entices you to explore the winter lakes and woods, your hand-laced Ojibwa-style snowshoes will grant you the freedom to get there in style. This class begins with a Minnesota-made Country Ways kit that includes white-ash frames, tubular nylon lacing rated at 1,400 pound stress load, and an instruction booklet. Included in your kit will be a traditional lamp wick binding to try after you finish your ‘shoes at home with 3 coats of urethane. You’ll receive hands-on instruction every step of the way as you measure & cut your lacing material, then lace your snowshoes.
Students should bring a pencil, Bic lighter, ruler, and sharp scissors or a knife. A wood burning tool will be provided should anyone wish to add a simple phrase, date, or design to their frame. You may also wish to bring your own water and snack, or a bag lunch.
On the final day of class, Peta will discuss and provide handouts with information/resources for the varnishing process, attaching the lamp wick binding, and choosing between the many styles of bindings available on the market, if you’d like a more ‘modern’ style to suit your needs.
About the Instructor: Peta Barrett is an avid outdoorswoman with 25+ years of wilderness trail experience leading groups in the BWCAW in all seasons, currently through her business, Women's Wilderness Discovery. She has had a life-long appreciation for the outdoors! Born and raised Minnesotan, she has always hunted, fished, camped, hiked, biked, paddled, and explored the outdoors.