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Create a One-of-a-Kind Garnet and Dragon Blood Necklace

$39

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 13, 2021 at 1 pm

Friday, August 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

Tuition: $24  Materials: $15

Legend states that Hades gifted a pomegranate to Persephone before she left his domain in order to ensure a speedy and safe return. When she did return, the fruit transformed into a handful of garnet gemstones. Although garnets are the primary bead used in these necklaces, a dragon blood jasper will be used for the focal stone. Dragon Blood Jasper is a variety of the quartz family, mined only in Western Australia. Lore has it that these stones are formed from the remains of ancient dragons - the green being the skin, and the red the blood. Dragon Blood Jasper is a stone of personal power and regeneration. Garnets are a deep glossy red color and were taken into battle by both Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to improve their fighting prowess and ensure a safe return.

The combination of the two stones provides a rich, elegant palate to combine complementary beads with to create the finished necklace. This necklace can be completed by both first time and experienced beaders in the time allowed.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Make an Amazonite Necklace

$39

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 28, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, August 28, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $15

Students in this class will create a necklace featuring Amazonite gemstones combined with pearls, and glass and stone beads. While students will work from a kit, additional beads will be available to utilize so every student can complete a piece unique to them. Amazonite can form the largest known crystals of any mineral and has been known to be confused with turquoise and jade. Amazonite is a mostly opaque stone textured with pale milky-white cloudiness or streaking ranging from light green to greenish blue to deep green/blue. Amazonite's soft and attractive color closely resembles nephrite and jadeite. Amazonite's appearance is very distinctive with its grid-like, mottled pattern. 

The stones are thought to have tremendous healing abilities. Similar to jade, amazonite is associated with money, luck and overall success. Amazonite is said to soothe tense and aggravated situations and to enhance love. Since this stone is associated with the throat and heart, it is best when worn as a necklace. Amazonite is said to bestow truth, honor and integrity to its wearer. There are stories of the warrior women of the ancient Amazon tribe in Brazil using amazonite stones to adorn their shields, cure sickness and heal wounds.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Needle-Tat a Pair of Lace Earrings

$56

with Nora Rickey

Calendar Oct 16, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials: $20

Learn how to tat a pair of beaded lace earrings with a needle! We will cover how to needle tat knots and picots as a refresher, and then dive into incorporating beads in your tatted lace. This class will work with an earring pattern first, and then work to develop new earring patterns. You will walk away with at least one pair of earrings and with confidence to create more tatted earrings.

This is a beginner-intermediate class; some experience with needle tatting encouraged.

The materials fee includes: 

  • Package of tatting needles, set of #7, #5, #3: 
  • -DMC embroidery floss
  • -Size 5 embroidery needle
  • -1 tube of corresponding color, size 6 beads

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest.  Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art.





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