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Advanced Carving with Diamond Willow

$40

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Feb 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20 
(There is no charge for materials if you bring your own.)

This is an opportunity for students in the introductory carving class to deepen their skills and their carving! Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills. Instructor Ken Baasi will show you how to create three-dimensional carvings highlighting the diamonds in the willow like fine sculptures. 

Bring cut-resistant gloves and any tools you may have such as knives, gouges, riffler rasps and sandpaper.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

Barn Quilts for Beginners

$70

with Jill Dalbacka

Calendar Feb 8, 2019 at 2 pm

Friday, February 8, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials Fee: $30

Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an "inside" folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.

This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24" x 24" "quilt square", and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, most of the class will be hands-on with support from the instructor.

About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others.  She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.

 

Carving a Diamond Willow Walking Stick: Intro

$50

with Ken Baasi

Calendar Feb 10, 2019 at 9 am

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $20

Learn how to carve correctly and bring out the elusive beauty of diamond willow while making a beautiful walking stick. Instruction will including information about the best tools to use, tool maintenance, safety techniques and finishing methods.

You will not be charged a materials fee if you provide your own diamond willow.

Ken is also offering an advanced class from 1:30 to 3:30 on Sunday for students to deepen their skills and their carving. Students are also welcome who have been carving on their own and would like to improve their skills.

About the instructor: Ken Baasi has been studying and practicing carving for years and loves revealing diamond willow's beauty. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills and wishes to inspire people who are genuinely interested.

Create a Free Form Bracelet

$51

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 10, 2019 at 1 pm

Sunday, February 10, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $35  Materials: $16

Free form bracelets use multiple cords and a variety of beads to create a casual bracelet. These bracelets are simple to make and the perfect gift for any age. Students will learn about appropriate cord and beads for this type project as well as the process involved in completing bracelets. Each student will create two bracelets that can be worn together or separately. Additional bracelet kits will be available to purchase at a reduced rate.

Bracelets of this type are a good way to recycle broken jewelry, or to use up random beads left from other projects.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Create a One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet

$65

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 8, 2019 at 9:30 am

Friday, February 8, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a one-of-a-kind bracelet. It is a fun and easy way to create interesting texture and color combinations for unique pieces of jewelry. It does not require following a specific pattern or counting beads or stitches, allowing for total creativity, combining color and texture in unique patterns. This technique is adaptable to other applications such as an embellishing clothing and making necklaces, book covers, or wall hangings. Participants will end up with one completed bracelet and ideas for other projects.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: "Although I've never really thought of myself as an artist, I've had both visual art and one-of-a-kind jewelry items accepted in galleries in both Wisconsin and Michigan. My love of art began in my youth with a mother who did not believe idle hands were a good thing. Our choices were to create something, read, study, garden, or clean. I threw myself into everything except the cleaning part and found I love to experiment with color, texture, and random lines. I make jewelry because I like to wear it and would prefer to wear something of my own design."

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She is experienced in teaching both high school and adult education courses in communication. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

$60

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Friday, February 15, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $20

Polymer clay can be used to create decorative pottery, wall decor, jewelry, and figurines. It is easy to work with and does not require any equipment other than what you would find in your kitchen. In this class basic processes to work with clay will be demonstrated. Then students will complete a polymer clay necklace from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Herringbone Beaded Bracelets

$35

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 at 9:30 am

Thursday, February 7, 2019
9:30 AM- 11:30 AM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

 

Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

$35

with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close February 2 to allow time to order materials.)

In the 4th century BC chainmaille was a highly versatile and effective type of armor. Today the basic premise is still used in cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, as well as shark-resistant wetsuits.

With the availability of brightly colored enameled and anodized metals, chainmaille took on a more fashionable role with the intricate weaves being used for jewelry.

This class will focus on the Byzantine weave. Students will receive the supplies and tools necessary to complete a bracelet. If students learn the Byzantine, we will explore other weaves.

About the instructor: Jessica Kellogg was fascinated in 5th grade by the middle ages. This interest eventually led her to teaching herself the European 4-in-1 weave, using rings she made myself. Over time, she learned more and more complex designs. Today she makes jewelry, keychains, ornaments, fidget toys, scalemaille, and inlaid pictures.

 

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