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Create a Free Form Bracelet

$51

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Dec 7, 2018 at 1 pm

Friday, December 7, 2018
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 Free Form Necklace

$41

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Dec 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $16

Free form necklaces are created using chain, multiple cords, and a variety of beads. The technique can be used to create a new piece from a broken necklace or to utilize random beads left from other projects.

Each student will learn the basic technique utilized, about cord, chain, closure techniques, and bead types that work well with these projects. Students will complete one necklace. Additional 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.

 

Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

$60

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Nov 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Friday, November 30, 2018
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.

 

Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

$35

with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Dec 7, 2018 at 10 am

Friday, December 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close Friday, Nov. 30 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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Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

$35

with Jessica Kellogg

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 9:30 am

Saturday, February 9, 2018
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.

 

Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving

$50

with Betty Firth

Calendar Dec 13, 2018 at 1 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

No weaving experience necessary! The inkle loom is a fun and easy way to learn weaving. This ancient craft makes beautiful belts, bands and straps with many uses. Participants will learn to follow a design, warp the loom and weave a tight, even band with good selvedges. You will be able to finish a small project by the end of the class and have the confidence to strike out on your own. The inkle looms and all materials are provided.

About the instructor: Betty Firth has long been fascinated with the ancient craft of weaving in its many forms, from fabric to baskets, ropes to wire. She has woven on rigid heddle and 4-harness looms as well as small looms for weaving beads into intricate patterns. She enjoys teaching how to weave on the inkle loom, which enables people to learn the principles of weaving, including how to warp and weave, all on the same loom.

 

Introduction to Photoshop

$40

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Nov 14, 2018 at 6 pm

Introduction to Editing in Photoshop
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Tuition: $40

You bought the camera.  You’ve gotten comfortable with taking photos but are intimidated by using editing software.  Here’s the class for you: beginning Photoshop editing! Learn how to load your images onto your computer easily, organize your files and do the most important editing to take your images to another level!  We’ll concentrate on the six most important areas to Photoshop success for the beginner: Crop/Straighten, Color correction, Adjust lighting, Reduce noise/Increase sharpness, Selective editing, Layers/Masks.  And we should have enough time to have some fun as well!

Participants should bring their laptops to class, loaded with your editing software and plenty of images to play with. If you don’t have editing software now, Ken strongly suggest Photoshop Elements, at least version 10 or later.  The cost is very reasonable and it can be downloaded from the internet or picked up at any place that is savvy with computers – like Best Buy.  Elements is a very powerful tool and will do EVERYTHING you will need for successful image editing.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken's photography classes at the Ely Folk School are very popular: Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Intro to Digital Photography.

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Latvian Knitting Techniques - Making Wristers

$100

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Nov 14, 2018 at 9 am

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80, Materials: $20

Latvia is known for it’s colorful and intricate mitten patterns. Some of the techniques involved are scalloped edges, Latvian braid, two-color knitting and fringe. This class involves intermediate to advanced knitting skills, and students should be comfortable knitting in the round. The materials fee includes the yarns needed to complete a pair of wristers or mittens. Students should bring a basic set of knitting tools and an assortment of knitting needles suitable for working in the round in a fine gauge
(size 0-2). 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been knitting since 1985 and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and several yarn shops in the Twin Cities. She currently offers knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.  She likes sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for knitting and also enjoys other fiber arts.

 

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