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Learn to Knit a Norwegian Style Sweater


with Diane Thomson

Calendar Feb 22, 2019 at 10 am

Three Day Class: PLEASE NOTE the different times each day:

Friday, February 22, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 2019 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Tuition: $140, Materials: $25

Do you admire the beautiful sweaters from Scandinavia? Now you can learn to make your own!

You’ll knit a doll size sweater to learn the techniques of two-color knitting using steeks, which allow you to knit continuously in the round. You cut the steeks to shape your sweater and finish the cut edges. Steeks can be used to create armholes, neck openings, pockets, or cardigan fronts as well as to knit blankets in the round.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys playing with fiber and has taught weaving, spinning, and knitting, in the Twin Cities, Sisu Designs in Ely and here at the folk school.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 1 payments of $65.00, paid every four weeks

Weave a Towel - Intermediate Weaving


with Diane Thomson

Calendar Feb 13, 2019 at 1 pm

This is a two-day class:

Wednesday, February. 13, 2019   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2019   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $120 Materials: $30

Come join this class to expand your skills on the use of rigid heddle looms. You will learn to warp a rigid heddle loom for a kitchen towel. That when woven, can result in two different patterns, stripes or plaid.

The first day we will plan and warp your towel pattern. On the second day, you will spend most of the day weaving your towel and then learning to finish the ends. If you have your own loom, feel free to bring it, the recommended heddle size is 10 epi.

Prerequisites: Prior experience on the use of a rigid heddle loom or completion of the Learn to Weave class.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson 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, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

Wet Felted Basket


with Susan Archbold

Calendar Feb 16, 2019 at 10 am

Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuition: $40, Materials: $40

Create a one-of-a-kind wet felted basket! Whatever your age, you can learn the wonderfully tactile skill of felting and then use it to create an infinite variety of projects limited only by your imagination.  You will learn the techniques and shortcuts of wet felting, an ancient, environmentally friendly, craft.  Susan will have an assortment of colored wool curls and interesting additions like antler pieces, beads, and branches to embellish your piece.

About the Instructor: Susan is a member of The Range Fiber Art Guild and the Arrowhead Hookcrafters Guild. She has taught classes in rug hooking, wet felting, needle felting, punch needle, spinning and weaving for area guilds and clubs. Most of the clubs are located from Cook to Duluth, Ely to Grand Rapids. Susan General Store Primitives/Range Print Shop in Eveleth where she also gives classes.

Wool Dryer Balls and Tomte, too!


with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar Feb 9, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $35

Learn how to make wool dryer balls and have fun creating a Tomte character with needle felting. You will receive a kit to make three dryer balls and will learn how to transform another wool ball into a Scandinavian Tomte with needle felting. What are dryer balls and how do they work? Dryer balls separate items as they tumble, create better air circulation and shorten drying time. The wool balls also absorb moisture from clothing to help maintain a more humid environment, therefore cutting down on static.

About the instructor: Bonnie Lundorff owns the Willow Wood Market, a quiltshop and wool studio and has been sharing her love of fiber arts for 20 years. She teaches wool appliqué, quilting, needle felting, and rug making at fiber arts events, her store and throughout the upper Midwest. She designs simple-to-make projects for her students and customers. One of her designs was recently published in a nationally known fiber arts magazine, Wool Works. Bonnie lives in the woods south of Bemidji with her husband Tim and a cranky little 16-year-old dog.


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