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Learn to Quilt

$40

with Susan Covey

Calendar Jan 24, 2020 at 10:30 am

Friday, January 24, 2019
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $40  

Have you always thought you’d love to learn to quilt but weren’t sure how to begin? This is your chance to learn the basics of quilting from an expert, Susan Covey, who owns Cabin Quilting, quilt shop in Cook, MN, that people rave about. Susan will begin with a demonstration of the essential first steps and an introduction into terminology that will help you get started in the quilting world. During the class you will make a table runner and, if time permits, a microwave cozy. This is also an excellent opportunity to expand your skills if you've dabbled a little but haven't had much experience.

There are sewing machines available, but it is preferable if you bring your own machine, since you are familiar with it and will be using it for future projects. You will need to bring ⅓ yard of a focus fabric and ½ yard of a coordinating fabric with matching thread. You’re welcome to bring any favorite scissors, pines, and other tools to class, but these are also available at the school.

There will be a 45-minute lunch break, so please bring a lunch or be prepared to order takeout from a local restaurant.

About the instructor: Susan Covey has owned and operated Cabin Quilting in Cook, MN for eight years. She was originally from southern Minnesota, where she had a long arm quilting business. She has been been quilting for 27 years and long arm quilting professionally for as long. She currently teaches at Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) in Cook, MN. Her classes include purses, bags, wallets, rugs, table runners, quilts, applique, and more.

 

 

Learn to Weave a Scarf

$110

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Feb 7, 2020 at 9 am

Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $30

Begin learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom by starting with a scarf. We will discuss looms, materials and the language of weaving. You will create your scarf by direct warping it to the loom and then begin to weave. Once you have completed your scarf, you learn how to finish the ends and the fabric.

All the weaving materials will be part of the materials fee and will be provided by the instructor. Each student should bring with them scissors, pen/pencil, ruler and tape measure and bag lunch. You will be able to use the school's looms or bring your own, as long as it is in good working condition. Looms are available to rent for a modest fee if you were not able to finish your weaving during the class time.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has taught previously at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She also currently offers knitting classes at Sisu DesignsYarn Shop in Ely.

Diane enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she  purchased her first first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when she focused on spinning and knitting and has taught classes in both at the folk school.  Diane says, “Since retiring to to Ely I am hoping to spend more time getting back into weaving.”

 

Intro to Hand Stitching Leather

$75

with Matthew Fedders

Calendar Feb 8, 2020 at 9 am

Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $45

This class is an introduction into the world of leather hand sewing, Students will learn the basics of preparing the leather for sewing, using the correct tools, and how to make several different stitches, essential skills for making leather projects. At the end of the class participants will have the opportunity to make a pull string bag to take home.

About the instructor: Matthew Fedders has been working in leather as a full time craftsman for seven years and teaching others for the last five. He has worked with experienced craftsmen learning the traditional ways of making leather products. He works at the Lobo leather store in Ely, his family’s business.

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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Create a Coat - Choose your style

$105

with Betty Firth & Heidi Breaker

Calendar Feb 10, 2020 at 12 pm

This is a 2-Day Class
Monday, February 10, 2020    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020   12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $100  Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat or choose to make a different style. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored blanket coats or capotes as practical, warm, comfortable, and easy-to-make.

Learn how to design a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80” x 90” or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have some fun.

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Voyageur Sash Weaving

$18

with LynnAnne Vesper

Calendar Feb 10, 2020 at 1 pm

Monday, February 10, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $10  **Register by Feb. 7

In this class, we will learn the basic skills of fingerweaving, a non-loom weaving technique used during the fur trade to create the colorful sashes worn by the Voyageurs. These sashes, called "ceinture flechee," were a sought-after trade item produced primarily by Native and Metis women. We will weave a small piece suitable for a bookmark or other small item.

Register by Friday, February 7.

About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper is a fur trade history buff and has guided canoe trips in the Ely area for about 20 years. Before moving to Ely she lived the life of a Voyageur in Concordia Language Villages' summer programs. LynnAnne studied French in college, including a semester in France. She is happy to share her knowledge of history and the French language.

Saami Friendship Bracelet for Beginners

$60

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Feb 14, 2020 at 1 pm

Friday, February 14, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $30

You have seen them, now learn how to make your own beautiful Saami bracelet inspired by the techniques used by the Saami people. You will learn to triple braid with special coiled wire, attach the braid to reindeer leather and finish the bracelet off with an antler button that secures the bracelet. This class involves hand sewing with fine thread and good eyesight is needed.

Each student will receive a bracelet kit as part of the material fee and a choice of leather color based on availability. Students should bring any necessary eyewear needed to see fine details and a thimble if you have one.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has taught previously at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She also currently offers knitting classes at Sisu DesignsYarn Shop in Ely.

Diane enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she  purchased her first first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when she focused on spinning and knitting and has taught classes in both at the folk school.  Diane says, “Since retiring to to Ely I am hoping to spend more time getting back into weaving.”

 

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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