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Pine Needle Basketry

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Feb 7, 2019 at 12 pm

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $20

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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Weaving Birch Bark

$80

with John Zasada

Calendar Feb 17, 2019 at 9 am

Sunday, February 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $20

Learn how to prepare, handle, cut, and weave birch bark while making some lovely pieces.The flat mats make nice hot pads or placemats. The hearts are also decorative but can also serve as hot pads and include making basswood inner bark twine for hanging the ornament. John harvests all of the materials near his home in Grand Rapids. Participants can make one of each or several of one design. If you have a favorite knife, bring it along.

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 year\rs 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.

 

Wet Felted Basket

$80

with Susan Archbold

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $40, Materials: $40

Create a one-of-a-kind wet felted basket! Whatever your age, you can learn the wonderfully tactile skill of felting and then use it to create an infinite variety of projects limited only by your imagination.  You will learn the techniques and shortcuts of wet felting, an ancient, environmentally friendly, craft.  Susan will have an assortment of colored wool curls and interesting additions like antler pieces, beads, and branches to embellish your piece.

About the Instructor: Susan is a member of The Range Fiber Art Guild and the Arrowhead Hookcrafters Guild. She has taught classes in rug hooking, wet felting, needle felting, punch needle, spinning and weaving for area guilds and clubs. Most of the clubs are located from Cook to Duluth, Ely to Grand Rapids. Susan General Store Primitives/Range Print Shop in Eveleth where she also gives classes.

Whole Needle Pine Needle Basketry

$70

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Feb 10, 2019 at 12 pm

Sunday, February 10, 2019
12:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $45 Materials: $25

This class is a beginner level pine needle basketry class with an advanced twist. Using the entire pine needle, this technique keeps the sheath of the pine needles intact and uses them as an enhancement and part of the design.Each student will be given everything necessary to complete a 4-5" basket, including a pre-drilled wooden basket center.  It is a fun, low-key class.  You'll leave with the skills to let your imagination run wild and create beautiful baskets using many different things as your basket center. 

Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. 

About the Instructor:  Carolyn Quick has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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