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Latvian Knitting Techniques - Making Wristers
with Diane Thomson
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition: $80, Materials: $20
Latvia is known for it’s colorful and intricate mitten patterns. To learn the techniques involved in these beautiful mittens, take either the one-day class and make a wrister or the full weekend class to make a mitten. Some of the techniques involved are scalloped edges, Latvian braid,two-color knitting and fringe. In the full weekend class you will also learn more about color, design placement and thumb construction. Both classes involve intermediate to advanced knitting skills and students should be comfortable knitting in the round. The materials fee includes the yarns needed to complete a pair of wristers or mittens. Students should bring a basic set of knitting tools and an assortment of knitting needles suitable for working in the round in a fine gauge (size 0-2).
About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been knitting since 1985 and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and several yarn shops in the Twin Cities. She currently offers knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely. She likes sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for knitting and also enjoys other fiber arts.
Pine Needle Basketry
with Carolyn Quick
Saturday, September 22, 2018
1:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Materials: $20
Pine needle art is among the oldest crafts known and pre-dates pottery. For over 9,000 years, Native Americans have made such baskets for storing food and supplies. Although baskets can be made from a variety of materials, including sweet grass and raffia, among the most beautiful are from pine needles. We will discuss how to gather and prepare your own red pine needles from the lakes and woods around Ely. You'll take home your own woven pine needle basket.
About the Instructor: Carolyn Quick 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.