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Barn Quilts for Beginners
with Jill Dalbacka
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
with Autumn Cole
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.
Craft a Custom Fit Moccasin
with Donna Mienk
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 One-of-a-Kind Embroidered Bracelet
with Kay Vandervort
Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $50 Materials: $20
Learn the technique of bead embroidery while creating a 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 and 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.
Creating Polymer Clay Jewelry
with Kay Vandervort
Saturday, June 15, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $40 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 from a prepared kit. Time will be available for students to then work with the clay and create jewelry components of their own. Additional polymer clay necklace kits will be available for purchase at a reduced 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.
Herringbone Beaded Bracelets
with Kay Vandervort
Friday, June 14, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $15
This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.
About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we read...so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.
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 trained 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.
Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry
with Jessica Kellogg
Saturday, June 8, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $15 (Please note: registration will close June 1 to allow time to order materials.)
In the 4th century BC chainmaille was a highly versatile and effective type of armor. Today the basic premise is still used in cut-resistant gloves for butchers and woodworkers, as well as shark-resistant wetsuits.
With the availability of brightly colored enameled and anodized metals, chainmaille took on a more fashionable role with the intricate weaves being used for jewelry.
This class will first learn the box weave. Students will receive the supplies and tools necessary to complete a bracelet. When students learn the box weave, they can then choose to learn the Byzantine weave or the Japanese Lace weave.
About the instructor: Jessica Kellogg was fascinated in 5th grade by the middle ages. This interest eventually led her to teaching herself the European 4-in-1 weave, using rings she made myself. Over time, she learned more and more complex designs. Today she makes jewelry, keychains, ornaments, fidget toys, scalemaille, and inlaid pictures.
Make a Bent Willow Chair
with John Bajda
Friday, May 31, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE the different class times on Friday and Saturday!
Tuition: $90, Materials $25
On Friday, John will demonstrate making a chair from start to finish, laying the groundwork for everyone to make their own chairs on Saturday. You will be amazed that you can make your one-of-a-kind, beautiful, functional, and comfortable chair in such a short time.
This furniture has long been made by country people, using the beautiful variety of materials collected in the forest. The bending quality and flexible strength of willow makes for easy construction of a comfortable, strong chair, with minimal tools. You'll be able to use your chair for years if you keep it under a roof, or keep it in your yard and make a new one every few years. Because the willow is very flexible and springy, it is best to have a partner working with you to hold the willow as you nail the sticks in place. The partner does not need to pay unless they also make their own chair.
Please bring gloves, pruning shears, and safety glasses if you have them. The folk school will provide safety glasses and earplugs if you don't have any. If you have an 18g air nailer that you can bring, please call the office to let us know. 218-235-0138.
About the instructor: John Badja is a retired high school teacher and has been teaching rustic furniture building though his local community ed program for the past 15 years.