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Learn to Quilt


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.



Voyageur Sash Weaving


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.

Wet-Felting Wool Slippers


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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