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Learn to Knit!

$20

with Anna Shallman

Calendar Jun 27, 2019 at 6 pm

Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you're ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don't like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional session is offered August 8 and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman Street.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: "I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."

 

Learn to Knit!

$20

with Anna Shallman

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 6 pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

If you have never knit before or it has been many, many years since you have picked up your needles, this class is for you. We will start with the basics and learn the knit stitch. When you're ready, we will teach you how to purl. You choose your pace. There is no cost for materials.

If you don't like it you can walk away and never do it again. If you love it, you can begin a project and begin to purchase supplies. An additional  session is offered on June 27, and help is always available when Anna is at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop on Chapman St.

About the instructor, Anna Shallman: "I moved to Ely in November of 1995 specifically to live upstairs of Sisu Designs Yarn Shop and learn to weave and learn more about knitting. I spent five years knitting and weaving every day. When I moved out, I continued to help the previous owner until I purchased the business five years ago.

If you would have told me when I moved here that I was going to stay and own the shop I would not have believed you. I thought I would move on after a few years but there is something about Ely and this little yarn shop that I love, so I am still here.

I've been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do."

 

Learn to Spin

$155

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Oct 25, 2019 at 4 pm

This is a two-day class. Note that each day has different times.

Friday, October 25, 2019       4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019   9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuition: $130  Materials: $25

Here's a chance to try spinning on a wheel before buying your own. Many people, including Gandhi, found spinning to be a very meditative activity. You will learn how to turn wool fiber into yarn with the use of a spinning wheel. We will even play with hand spindles, wool prep and yarn finishing.

There will be several wheels available for spinning, and if you have a working wheel bring it along. You will leave class with your own hand spindle, wool fiber, and your own newly spun yarn.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been spinning since 1985 and enjoys teaching others. She has taught knitting classes at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and currently teaches at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

 

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 2 payments of $27.50, paid every four weeks.

Learn to Weave

$45

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. We will discuss the different types of weaving materials, types of looms available, and the language of weaving. Students will learn how to prepare a warp, dress the loom, and do the actual weaving. You will leave class with a set of handwoven mug rugs of your own.

All materials are included in the class cost. Students should bring scissors, a pen or pencil and a ruler. Looms will be available to rent for a modest fee if you are unable to complete your mug rugs during the class time. 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has taught previously at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She also currently offers knitting classes at Sisu DesignsYarn Shop in Ely.

Diane enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when she focused on spinning and knitting. She has taught classes in spinning and intricate Latvian and Norwegian knitting at the Folk School. Diane says, “Since retiring to Ely, I am hoping to spend more time weaving.”

 

 

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Make a Wallet from Fish Leather

$55

with Joe Manthei

Calendar Sep 6, 2019 at 1 pm

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $25

Learn to make a small minimalist wallet out of fish leather. The wallet can be used for credit cards, cash, or business cards. Students will use a pattern to cut out the fish leather pieces and hand-stitch them into a functional, durable minimalist wallet using Tiger thread from Germany. The wallet measures 3" x 4" and contains two card slots.

No experience necessary. Class instruction will include different hand-stitching techniques and how to choose which method will work the best. Students will practice hand-stitching techniques before working on their wallet. Joe will also present a brief history and status of fish skin tanning in the world.

About the instructor: Joe Manthei started working with fish leather during a life-changing vacation to Iceland and turned it into a business, Fiskur Leather. Starting with bookmarks, he moved on to creating quilt-block artwork, cell phone cases, wallets, tote bags, laptop bags, briefcases, toiletry kits, and more.

Joe’s career path started as a chiropractor, specializing in clinical nutrition, in which he offered post-graduate seminars. He  later earned an RN degree, and built medical software and trained personnel to use it. He has taught students of all ages from elementary students to adults. Joe and his wife, Pam, live in Mora Minnesota. Although retired from nursing in 2015, he currently works in the Mora school district as a substitute teacher/substitute school nurse when not creating with fish leather.

Make Rope & Twine from Tree Bark

$40

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 1 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 

In this class you’ll learn all about the basswood tree and what can be harvested from it—honey, flowers for tea, wood for carving, inner and outer bark etc. Then you’ll “dive into” how to harvest, process, and use the bark.  You will work with the rope machine, and make basswood twine and braid by hand.

If you’d like to continue the exploration, you can sign up for Sunday’s class and learn how to weave your twine and braid into a small mat, hot pad, or small basket, or use the whole bark layer to make a folded berry basket.

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 

Make Rope & Twine from Tree Bark

$10

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event fee: $10

This is a workshop for the whole family. Students will learn how to make rope with a rope machine from various materials like yarn, jute fiber, and the inner bark from the basswood tree. They will also have an opportunity to turn basswood bark into twine and braid. Bring your curiosity!

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 

Making Watercolor Notecards

$35

with Holly Meeker Rom

Calendar Jul 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, July 19, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

Have you ever wanted to create your own cards for that special occasion? You will learn about color mixing and watercolor techniques with brush, paint, and paper and will explore a variety of subject ideas. You will create individual, original notecards on paper and envelopes supplied in class.

Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite brushes or other watercolor supplies if you have them.

About the instructor: Holly Meeker Rom has worked in the watercolor medium professionally since 1980, and has taught drawing, watercolor and color theory for 40 years. Holly enjoys teaching and guiding students at all levels in the adventure of watercolor painting. She is inspired by the landscape of the lakes and forests of Ely, MN.

She has taught locally at the Ely Folk School, the Miner's Dry and the Art Corner. Holly's work can be viewed on her website, www.hollymeekerrom.com.

She has an MFA in painting from American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Art Education from California State Univ. in Sacramento. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She led art historical tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for 17 years in School programs. She has been a part-time resident of Ely, MN for 20 years. 





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