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Intro to Chip Carving

$80

with Bart Dunning

Calendar Oct 2, 2021 at 12 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

Tuition: $55  Materials: $25

Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.

About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville, chip carving at Marine Mills Folk School, and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.

Create a Herringbone Bracelet

$39

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Oct 7, 2021 at 1 pm

Thursday, October 7, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $15

This bracelet utilizes magatama beads and jump rings to create a unique herringbone design. Each bracelet will utilize a center focal bead for accent. A variety of colors will be available to choose from. This is a fun project and makes gorgeous bracelets. You may soon be making bracelets for all your holiday gifts! 

Additional bracelet kits will be available for purchase at a discounted rate. Sources for additional materials will be reviewed and options for cord and closures to use will be discussed.

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.

Introduction to Clay Work

$330

with Wade Pharr

Calendar Oct 12, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Tuesdays and Thursdays October 12 through November 4
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $320 Materials: $10
This class has eight sessions over four weeks. It is okay to miss one session.
Bisque and glaze firing, tools, and studio time is all included. The materials fee covers your clay. 

Interested in ceramics but have little or no clay experience? This class is for you! Over the course of eight class sessions, you'll learn about the different stages clay goes through during the making process, as well as the tools and techniques used to create both wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery. Try both handbuilding and throwing or choose just one path! You'll learn you how to design and glaze your pieces, and you’ll be able to use everything you make once you’ve finished the 4-week class!  

About the Instructor: Wade Pharr is the new Ely Folk School Ceramics Studio Coordinator! He has been throwing clay in the Ely area for years. You may recognize his work via Pharr Thrown Studios at Front Porch Coffee and Tea. He believes in the power of practice and is eager to help folks explore functional art via ceramics. 

Beginner Needle Tatted Flowers

$50

with Nora Rickey

Calendar Oct 15, 2021 at 10 am

Friday, October 15, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $35  Materials: $15

Learn how to make tatted lace with a needle! We will learn how to make tatted knots and picots to create a simple lace flower. Additionally, we’ll cover some tatted lace history and discuss the differences between tatted lace and other forms of lace. If you’ve ever tried and failed at shuttle tatting, this is an easier alternative that produces the same results.

This is a beginner class, though some experience with needle and thread encouraged.

The materials fee includes: 

  • Package of tatting needles, set of #7, #5, #3
  • Size 10 crochet thread
  • embroidery floss
  • size 5 embroidery needle

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.

Needle Felt a Cardinal: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Nov 12, 2021 at 2 pm

Friday, November 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before November 2nd in order to receive supplies prior to the class. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little cardinal. Cardinals are a common sight around the Northwoods in November! We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two cardinals, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Wearable Art: Embroidered Patches

$46

with Nora Rickey

Calendar Nov 13, 2021 at 10 am

Saturday, November 13, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Tuition: $36  Materials: $10

We will begin the workshop by examining different kinds/styles of patches and how they’re worn, as well as popular history around how patches have been used. Students will learn different stitches that translate well into creating small pieces of wearable art. They will be able to workshop ideas and messages that will be created within small boundaries. 

The $10 materials fee includes all you will need for the workshop and your patches. You'll recieve an embroidery hoop, size 5 embroidery needles, fabric, and embroidery floss in a variety of colors. You are welcome to bring examples of patches that inspire you! 

Needle Felt a Snowy Owl: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Dec 10, 2021 at 2 pm

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before December 1st in order to receive supplies prior to the class. The snowy owl is the cute guy in the center of the photo.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little snowy owl. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two owls, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.





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