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Beginning Rug Hooking

$85

with Bonnie Lundorff

Calendar Oct 6, 2018 at 10 am

Beginning Rug Hooking
Saturday, October 6, 2018

10:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $50  Materials: $35

Dating back to the 19th century rug hooking has been a popular way to create beautiful rugs using wool strips. This updated version uses a punch method with the same results as traditional hooking. Students will make a small project while learning to use the Oxford rug punch tool, which will be supplied for use in class along with a 10" hoop.

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.

Beginning Tapestry Weaving

$45

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Oct 6, 2018 at 8 am

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

Come learn the fascinating process of tapestry weaving. You will learn about the types of looms used in tapestry weaving, the materials used and how to dress the loom. Using a pre-designed pattern, you will then weave a mini tapestry piece to take home or you can create your own design as you weave.

All materials will be included in the class cost, but you can bring scissors, a pen or pencil and a ruler if you have them. Looms will be available to rent for a modest fee if you were not able to complete your mini tapestry. 

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 and has since taught classes in both at the folk school. Diane says, “Since retiring to Ely, I am hoping to spend more time getting back into weaving.”

 

 

Latvian Knitting Techniques - Making Wristers

$100

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Nov 14, 2018 at 9 am

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80, Materials: $20

Latvia is known for it’s colorful and intricate mitten patterns. To learn the techniques involved in these beautiful mittens, take either the one-day class and make a wrister or the full weekend class to make a mitten. Some of the techniques involved are scalloped edges, Latvian braid,two-color knitting and fringe. In the full weekend class you will also learn more about color, design placement and thumb construction. Both classes involve intermediate to advanced knitting skills and students should be comfortable knitting in the round. The materials fee includes the yarns needed to complete a pair of wristers or mittens. Students should bring a basic set of knitting tools and an assortment of knitting needles suitable for working in the round in a fine gauge (size 0-2). 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been knitting since 1985 and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and several yarn shops in the Twin Cities. She currently offers knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.  She likes sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for knitting and also enjoys other fiber arts.

 

Learn to Weave

$45

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Oct 20, 2018 at 8 am

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. We will discuss the different types of weaving materials, types of looms available, and the language of weaving. Students will learn how to prepare a warp, dress the loom, and do the actual weaving. You will leave class with a set of handwoven mug rugs of your own.

All materials are included in the class cost. Students should bring scissors, a pen or pencil and a ruler. Looms will be available to rent for a modest fee if you are unable to complete your mug rugs 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 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.”

 

 





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