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Design a Fabulous Fabric Wall Hanging

$48

with Cecilia Rolando

Calendar Jun 24, 2021 at 1 pm

June 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $36  Materials: $12

Under Cecilia Rolando’s guidance, attendees will design a fabric hanging from a selection of materials, piece it together during class, and then finish it with machine stitching or hand sewing or even iron-on bonding material like Stitch Witchery. There will probably be time in class to work on the stitching, and if you wish to do machine stitching, the folk school does have some sewing machines available, but  it's best if you bring your own machine, since you're familiar with it.

The class is open to beginners or experienced sewers and quilters. The focus will be on design and how to piece together fabric, threads, yard, buttons, trims, etc. without the formality of quilting. 

Students are invited (but not required) to bring favorite scissors and other tools, large needles and pins.

Covid19 safety restrictions will be observed. Please bring a mask or use one we provide. Students are encouraged to come vaccinated.

About the Instructor: Cecilia Rolando is a local artist who loves experimenting with new materials, techniques, and ideas. Her fabric wall hangings are explosions of color, texture, and creativity.

Cecilia has taught at the Ely Folk School, Greenstone Public Arts summer art camp for kids, community education classes, many workshops for NLAA and private students. She led the NLAA monthly NLAA Visual Arts Group for over 20 years. 

She has her work at Art and Soul Gallery, where she'll have a solo show in July, at Cook's Northern Friends of the Arts gallery, and in many private collections.

 

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Peck Basket with Wooden Base

$136

with Martha Buche

Calendar Jul 20, 2021 at 9 am

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $96  Materials: $40

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 13. 

Come make a round, twill woven peck-sized basket with blue and indigo striped accents, two side handles and a wooden base. Learn to twine and twill weave, plus leave class with your own hand-crafted beautiful basket! The perfect accessory for fall harvesting and foraging in the Northwoods. 

While scheduled as a full day class to ensure everyone has time to finish and doesn’t feel hurried, perhaps not everyone will need the full time to finish.

All materials are made and provided by the instructor. This class is acceptable for a beginner to basketry or someone more advanced.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and "Arting" in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest. 

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents.I have a studio art bachelor's degree and a masters in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

Shibori Dyeing with Indigo

$126

with Martha Buche

Calendar Jul 22, 2021 at 9 am

Thursday, July 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Tuiton: $96   Materials: $30

Registration closes one week prior to class, on July 15. 

The traditional Japanese technique of shibori involves fabric folding and binding to make repetitive patterns on fabric, dyed with indigo. We will use clips, tubes, bands and other items to make resists on our fabric for dyeing. This fun and kind of addictive activity gives instant results and makes you want to try many more. It is magical to observe the oxygen in the air react with the Indigo, creating all shades of ‘blue jeans’ blue.

Students will want to bring a lot of 100% cotton items to dye: t-shirts, pillow cases, dish towels, handkerchiefs, etc. Please launder all items in hot water before bringing them.You will have plenty of time to explore the wonders of shibori and indigo, so bring plenty! Students will need to bring a very large plastic zip or trash bag to transport wet and dyed items. Also bring a pair of long cuff household chore gloves, a bag lunch and a water bottle.

About the Instructor Martha Buche. I have lived in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin, in rural Vernon County with my family for more than 20 years. Before that I bopped around the world, working and "Arting" in Europe and Asia. I came back to North America with a husband and daughter, then added a son to our family when we were settled back here in the Midwest.

From September to June, I am an Early Childhood Educator working with young parents and their children and also a high school fine and practical arts teacher. For decades I have taught all sorts of skills to every age group from babies to grandparents. I have a studio art bachelor's degree and a master’s in education.

I have been an artist for 45 years and I work in many, many media, much of it inspired by the natural environment and materials of my indigenous ancestors. (Potawatomi)

I love fiber arts & textile design, copper and metal forging, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, recycled art, basketry of all sorts, stone carving & sculpture, mosaics, land art, art history, and helping people find a way to express their innate creativity.

Weaving on an Inkle Loom

$115

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Aug 21, 2021 at 9 am

Saturday, August 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $85  Materials: $30

An inkle loom is a simple loom that has been around a long time. It is fast to set up and easy to learn to weave on. With this type of loom, you can create beautiful bands, ribbons, and trims. In this class you will learn about the different types of inkle looms, how to set one up and the materials used for weaving. During the morning portion of the class, you will learn the basics and weave a short length of band. After a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon learning to design your own band and weave a longer length. Leave class with a key fob made from your band and ideas of what to do with your bands!

Handouts on building a loom and list of references for more about inkle looms is included. Inkle looms are also available for rent from the Ely Folk School on a weekly basis.

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 Designs Yarn 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 loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when she focused on spinning and knitting. She has taught classes in spinning and intricate Latvian and Norwegian knitting at the Folk School. Diane says, “Since retiring to Ely, I am hoping to spend more time weaving.”

 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

$259

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Sep 12, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Sundays, September 12 - October 17,  2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $144   Materials: $95  Shipping: $20

This course takes places over six consecutive Sunday afternoons. 

Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This most ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression.

Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10x10 inches. Starting with a simple frame loom, focus will be given to establishing good tapestry technique and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms—beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered. Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber.

Join us for this welcoming online class! This class is beginner friendly, though please note that repetitive beating on the textile with the hand comb may cause aggravation of arthritis. 

The materials kit includes a frame loom plus stick shed dowel, ready to assemble; 2 large eye tatting needles; wool yarn for the project; wand comb/beater; spool of cotton warp; copy of the cartoon; and a handout with links to pre-recorded auxiliary tutorials. The student will need to provide for themselves good light; 2-3 tapestry needles; 2 binder clips; and a pair of sharp scissors. 

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 idea 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. Laura began her devotion to tapestry at age 13, studying 5 ½ years with master tapestry weaver Fran Potter before completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011.  She continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes

$72

with Theresa Hornstein

Calendar Sep 18, 2021 at 9 am

Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Tuition: $60  Materials: $12

Did you know many invasive plants can be used as natural dyes? There's no guilt about peeling off the bark or pulling up the whole plant to make these dye baths! Students will learn plant identification, a bit of natural history, and how to use these otherwise undesirable species to create beautiful colors. Experimentation will include the use of modifiers and mordants and several different methods for obtaining colors. Each student will go home with a 8 different dyed skeins, approximately 30 yards each. The instructor will provide yarn and all dye materials. Students should bring a plastic bag for samples.

Beginner and experienced natural dyers welcome!

About the Instructor: Theresa Hornstein was trained as a biologist and worked in academia for over 35 years. However, she has always had a passion for the arts, specially fiber. Working with natural dyes has been a way to combine her passions. For the last 4 years, she's been focused on using invasive species as dyes and is currently working on a book on a book on the subject. 

Needle Felt a Chickadee: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Sep 18, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, September 18, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before September 11th 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.

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.

Needle Felt a Pumpkin: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Oct 15, 2021 at 2 pm

Friday, October 15, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25   Shipping: $15

Register before October 8th 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 pumpkin, just in time for Halloween! 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 - this is a perfect class for the family to take together! 

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two pumpkins, 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.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating cute, wooly decorative piece 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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