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Barn Quilts for Beginners

$70

with Jill Dalbacka

Calendar Sep 6, 2019 at 1 pm

Friday, September 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials Fee: $30

Barn quilts have a relatively recent history in American agricultural communities. A nod to the contributions of women in agriculture, they are also a way to give what is traditionally an "inside" folk art (traditional quilting) a more permanent and public display for people to enjoy.

This class will cover the history of barn quilts and all techniques needed to paint your own barn quilt. In class you will be designing a quilt, graphing it out on a 24" x 24" "quilt square", and then painting it. You will leave class with a quilt square that will be ready to hang. After the initial introduction to barn quilts, students will work on their projects with lots of individual attention and support from Jill.

About the Instructor: Jill Dalbacka recently retired from a career teaching elementary school and adult education with a prior career as an occupational therapist. In retirement she is pursuing her passions, which includes spending time with grandchildren, working on social justice and racial equality issues, and creating and sharing her craft with others.  She has been interested in barn quilts for several years but only recently started to create her own on her farm where she and her family are the third generation. They are in the process of renovating their barn (also built in 1921) to become a community event space. Jill’s dream is to work with her local communities to create a barn quilt trail along the local highway that will be able to support an annual barn quilt event.

 

Beautiful Beaded Serving Spoon

$34

with Autumn Cole

Calendar Jul 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Friday, July 26, 2019
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $25  Materials: $9

Students will learn how to use beaded wire to wrap serving spoons to make a unique server for yourself or to give as a gift. They are fun to make and perfect to pop into a bowl of fruit salad or a casserole, adding a bit of color and whimsey. It’s the perfect spoon to take to a potluck since no one will confuse it with their own, and you’re not likely to leave it behind. What could be a better gift for a wedding shower, holiday gift, or to show appreciation to a wonderful hostess?

About the instructor: Autumn Cole has taught various classes at the Ely Folk School and elsewhere in creating jewelry and other items with beads and wire, as well as sewing and quilting. Autumn is retired from a career in psychology, part-time college instructor, and business owner of a consignment boutique. She says she has always enjoyed teaching, and her students give her rave reviews as an enthusiastic, patient, and encouraging instructor.

Her hobbies have included sewing, quilting, creating jewelry, and participating in outdoor sports. She finds creative activities to be a way to relax the mind and bring joy to the heart.She is currently a certified Happiness Coach and likes to focus on being a grateful and uplifting person while also helping other people do so.

 

Full Course

Birch Bark Baskets 101

$45

with Susanna Pershern

Calendar Sep 5, 2019 at 1 pm

Thursday, September 5, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40   Materials: $5

Learn to make a beautiful, simple birch bark basket using spruce roots, birch bark and saplings gathered from the Northwoods. You will walk away with a beautiful basket to remind you of the richness of the forest. After only a few short hours in the classroom, you will also carry with you the skills to make more baskets. All the materials will be provided.

About the instructor: Susanna Pershern is an artist and underwater photographer for the Submerged Resources Center of the United States National Park Service. Pershern trained in the traditional photographic processes and several alternative photographic processes at Rockport College, Rockport, ME, (now, Maine Media College.)

Susanna has experience as a young artist counselor and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School. She’s looking forward to returning to Ely and we’re very happy to welcome her back!

Capture Nature in Resin

$50

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Aug 8, 2019 at 1 pm

Thursday, August 8, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $30

Create your own nature masterpiece! Using a two-part resin and your choice of inclusions, we will be creating a 3-1/4" round piece of art. Pine cones, pine needles, catkins, birch bark, and other natural items will be supplied. You are also welcome to bring your own inclusions such as charms, beads, photos, anything!

Your final creation will set in 24 hours and can be picked up at the Folk School the next day. (Special arrangements can be made during class to take it with you and/or ship it.) It can be be drilled in class for use as a basket center for either of the pine needle basketry classes, as an ornament, or even a suncatcher! 

You will leave with a new skill that can be used to capture your adventures and memories in a new and unique way.

About the instructor: Carolyn is the instructor of the Pine Needle Basketry classes and has been creating the resin centers for her classes. So many students wanted to learn, that she has added this class!

Carolyn 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.

 

 

Capture Nature in Resin

$50

with Carolyn Quick

Calendar Sep 12, 2019 at 1 pm

Thursday, September 12, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $30

Create your own nature masterpiece! Using a two-part resin and your choice of inclusions, we will be creating a 3-1/4" round piece of art. Pine cones, pine needles, catkins, birch bark, and other natural items will be supplied. You are also welcome to bring your own inclusions such as charms, beads, photos, anything!

Your final creation will set in 24 hours and can be picked up at the Folk School the next day. (Special arrangements can be made during class to take it with you and/or ship it.) It can be be drilled in class for use as a basket center for either of the pine needle basketry classes, as an ornament, or even a suncatcher! 

You will leave with a new skill that can be used to capture your adventures and memories in a new and unique way.

About the instructor: Carolyn is the instructor of the Pine Needle Basketry classes and has been creating the resin centers for her classes. So many students wanted to learn, that she has added this class!

Carolyn 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.

 

 

Craft a Custom Fit Moccasin

$110

with Donna Mienk

Calendar Aug 24, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $35

Moccasins are the best natural footwear ever devised. Warm, light & lithe, they're said to give you "magic feet" that can be rolled up and taken with you to parties, and worn inside your own home. 

You will learn to create a pattern for deerskin moccasins, customized to fit your feet. This style of moccasins is a two-piece style, all hand-sewn. YAt the end of the class, you will either have a pair of completed moccasins or possibly have some work left to do at home. 

Students should bring pliers and scissors. Feel free to bring any beads you may have to decorate the top with one special bead or a simple design. 

About the Instructor: Donna Mienk has her own moccasin-making business and has taught the process for many years. View her craft at her Mienko's Moccasins facebook site.

Create a Button Necklace

$50

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Aug 3, 2019 at 1 pm

Saturday, August 3, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $20

Have you ever wondered what to do with your mom’s or grandmother's button jar? The button necklace is the perfect solution. This bead embroidered necklace uses buttons to create a focal point and incorporates a variety of glass and stone beads sewn into a design that complements the buttons.

Students will choose a kit with the colors they like. If you have some favorite, special buttons you’d like to incorporate into the color scheme you choose, bring them along!

 About the instructor: Kay 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 a Crystal Necklace

$40

with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Jul 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Create a Crystal Necklace
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $20

Students will combine crystals, chips and a variety of stone and glass beads into a cluster at the base of a chain. Students will work from a kit of beads in their choice of color. The beads will be woven on random pattern to create a pleasing design. Although the necklace looks intricate, it is simple to complete and no previous beading experience is needed.

About the instructor: “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.

 

 





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