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Make a Beaver Hat
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Make a Beaver Hat

$195

with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Mar 13, 2021 at 11 am

This is a two-day class with a live online demonstration followed by a live online Q & A session.

Demonstration:
Saturday, March 13, 2021     11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Live online 

Question & Answer session:
Tuesday, March 16, 2021        5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Live online 

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100  Postage: $15

The registration deadline is March 1 so you can receive your materials in time. Don’t wait too long to register! This is a popular class and is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. A lot of body heat can escape through the top of our heads, so soft, beautiful beaver hats are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding a liner.

You will receive the materials you need to make the hat, including patterns, needles, and thread. You will receive instructions for stretching the hide, construction of the hat, and adding the liner, where needed, using glue and hand stitching the material of your choice.

On Saturday, March 13, you will meet with the instructors in a live online session. They will give you a step-by-step demonstration of the making of the hats, from cutting through the final stitching, sprinkled with fascinating facts about beavers and some lively stories, which may or may not be true. Then you will have three days to work on your hat, then return to ask Bert and Mark any questions you have about the process. The ending time on the sessions will be flexible if more time is needed.

When you receive your materials, it would be a good idea to lay out the pattern pieces on the hide to familiarize yourself with the process and be ready with questions. However, it might be better to hold off on cutting the pieces until you have seen the demonstration and heard the tips on doing it correctly.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are skilled woodsmen who have experienced a lot of cold weather, undaunted. They are long-time friends, do-it-yourselfers, and Ely Folk School instructors and supporters, who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

 

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Mar 13, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, March 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before March 3rd 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 chickadee. 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 chickadees, 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.

During these trying times, 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.

 

Full Course

Needle Felt a Red Fox: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Mar 29, 2021 at 2 pm

Monday, March 29, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before March 19th 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 fox. 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 foxes, 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.

During these trying times, 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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Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online

$70

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 2 pm

Thursday, April 8, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register by Wednesday, March 31st in order to receive supplies prior to class.

Back by popular demand! Here's another chance to needle-felt your own little loon. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. 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 loons, 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.

During these trying times, 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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