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Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry

$55

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jan 25, 2020 at 9 am

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $35  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, choosing materials that Kay has organized by color theme. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own, such as pendants, matching beads, and shapes limited only by the imagination. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a special student 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.

 

Create an Aqua Jasper Necklace

$35

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 6, 2020 at 1 pm

Thursday, Feb 6, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will make a necklace featuring a free form jasper pendent that has been dyed with a deep aqua. The pendant combines the brown and beige of jasper, but also brings in a beautiful combination of blue and green.

Students will learn about what cords and closures work well, and have a variety of complementary beads to work with in order to design a necklace that features their own personal style. No previous beading experience is required.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely five years ago and has become very involved in the community. She participates in 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. She 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.

 

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Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Feb 7, 2020 at 1 pm

Friday, February 7, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $35

In this easy-going, entry-level class, you’ll learn the simple skills to create your own pine needle basket and spark a passion that will last a lifetime.  

You will be shown one way of doing things. You can then continue with that or let your imagination run wild. There are no rules, no right or wrong ways of doing things, no patterns to follow, and no straight lines!     “The perfection of Nature is its imperfection.”

Using long leaf pine needles from the southern United States , waxed sinew and your choice of wooden basket centers, you’ll create your own 4-6” basket. Enhancements, such as beads and charms, will be available for purchase to add that special touch that personalizes it just for you. 

Come along and join in a fun-filled class and learn a new skill!

About the instructor:  Carolyn Quick has a background including law enforcement, business analysis, data security and teaching. Now retired, she enjoys living in the woods and watching her wildlife neighbors. 

 

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Sewing with Beaver Hides

$180

with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Choice of Project: Hat or mittens
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100

This class is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and mittens are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You choose whether to make a hat or mittens and will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are experienced woodsmen, do-it-yourselfers and folk school instructors who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

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Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle

$65

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Feb 9, 2020 at 12 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $35

In this easy-going, entry-level class, you’ll learn the simple skills to create your own pine needle basket and spark a passion that will last a lifetime.  

You will be shown one way of doing things. You can then continue with that or let your imagination run wild. There are no rules, no right or wrong ways of doing things, no patterns to follow, and no straight lines!     “The perfection of Nature is its imperfection.”

Using long leaf pine needles from the southern United States , waxed sinew and your choice of wooden basket centers, you’ll create your own 4-6” basket. Enhancements, such as beads and charms, will be available for purchase to add that special touch that personalizes it just for you. 

Come along and join in a fun-filled class and learn a new skill!

About the instructor:  Carolyn Quick has a background including law enforcement, business analysis, data security and teaching. Now retired, she enjoys living in the woods and watching her wildlife neighbors. 

 

Create a Druzy Agate Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

Druzy is the formation of tiny crystals on the surface of a gemstone, in this case agate. Each necklace will combine Druzy agate beads, and a selection of stone, glass and metal beads with a Druzy agate focal bead. This is a simple and unique necklace that a novice beader can easily complete in the time allowed for the class.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort:

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.

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School, sharing her beautiful creations, her skills, and her playfulness exploring color and creativity.

Create a One-of-a-Kind Bead Embroidered Bracelet

$60

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Feb 13, 2020 at 10 am

Thursday, February 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $20

Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a dazzling, one-of-a-kind bracelet. It is a fun and easy way to create interesting texture and color combinations for unique pieces of jewelry. It does not require following a specific pattern or counting beads or stitches, allowing for total creativity, combining color and texture in unique patterns.

This technique is adaptable to other applications such as an embellishing clothing and making necklaces, book covers, or wall hangings. Participants will end up with one completed bracelet about one inch wide and will take home ideas for other projects.

 About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: "Although I've never really thought of myself as an artist, I've had both visual art and one-of-a-kind jewelry items accepted in galleries in both Wisconsin and Michigan. My love of art began in my youth with a mother who did not believe idle hands were a good thing. Our choices were to create something, read, study, garden, or clean. I threw myself into everything except the cleaning part and found I love to experiment with color, texture, and random lines. I make jewelry because I like to wear it and would prefer to wear something of my own design."

Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She is experienced in teaching both high school and adult education courses in communication. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.

Wet-Felting Wool Slippers

$105

with Sarah Malick-Wahls

Calendar Feb 15, 2020 at 8 am

Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $80  Materials: $25

In this class, students will explore and learn the process of wet-felting loose wool roving over a form. We will start out with a small sample project to learn the technique. Then, students will work on independent projects and complete their own pair of wool slippers to be taken home, with skills that can be applied to other projects.

Students should be ready to roll up their sleeves with comfortable clothing that can handle a few splashes of water. If students wish to make a pair for someone other than themselves, they should bring in a tracing on paper of the receiver’s feet in order to create the proper size

About the instructor: Sarah Malick-Wahls has experience teaching ecology and natural resources to undergraduates and outdoor and survival skills to elementary and high school students in addition to teaching fiber arts here at EFS. Previous EFS classes she instructed include wool-felting slippers and fingerless mitts.

A wildlife biologist by trade, Sarah has been a fan of traditional folk arts for many years. She came to felting first through "fulling", the process of shrinking knitted items, about a dozen years ago. After teaching herself wet-felting with wool roving eight years ago, she was an instant convert. Now she prefers the flexibility of form and significant savings on time it takes to produce products with this technique. She was a founding board member at EFS and is happy to continue her involvement with the school as an instructor. Sarah's slippers with needle-felt adornments are frequent contributions at local fundraising auctions.

 

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