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Embroidered Wildflowers

$46

with Nora Rickey

Calendar Aug 20, 2021 at 3 pm

Friday, August 20, 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials: $10

Learn five different stitches to embroider Minnesotan wildflowers, capturing the summer beauty with thread! We will be learning five new stitches that come in handy when creating different floral textures and flowers of all sizes. The stitches you learn in this class can be used in other embroidery projects.  

Materials include a 6" embroidery hoop, a size 5 needle, embroidery floss, and fabric. This class is appropriate for beginners. 

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest.  Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art.

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.”

 

Build a Custom Blouse

$48

with Candace Bischoff

Calendar Sep 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Tuition: $48

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don't fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Candace's wardrobe is composed almost entirely of handmade garments. Come begin to learn the tips and tricks to making your own clothes!

The above photo pictures three of Candace's garments, all made from variations of one blouse pattern!

Students need to purchase before the class: 3 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons. We recommend purchasing locally at Mary's Spinning Wheel!  

Bring to the Class: You will need pins, scissors and a sewing needle for some hand stitching. Bring your sewing machine (there will be a couple of machines available at the school too.) You can bring a standard shirt style blouse so we can size your pattern. If you want bring one of your favorite blouses you may want to duplicate or make similar and we may have time to create that pattern for you too.  

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and  does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She's game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, "My grandmother  introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends  and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling. 

I love helping people learn a new craft or just expanding on their knowledge of the current craft. Come join us and see how much fun you can have with this new knowledge and techniques in sewing. 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online

$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.

Linoleum Print Patches

$73

with Nora Rickey

Calendar Oct 2, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $48  Materials: $25

Students will learn how to carve a 4”x6” linoleum block to create prints and patches. Students will learn which fabric and inks are best for printing on fabric versus on paper. If you’ve ever wanted to create multiple works of wearble art, this is a good place to begin! 

Linoleum printing is a long practiced art form, in which you cut a design into the linoleum before printing it with ink. We will explore working with both fabric and paper. We encourage you to use the prints you make on fabric for mending your worn clothes! 

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest. Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art. 

 

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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