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Ely Folk School



Fiber Arts

Kid's Makers Mornings

Free
Calendar Aug 12, 2022 at 9 am

Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free!

Join other young makers and crafters at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Any project is welcome! The Ely Folk School and Ely Community Resource (ECR) are excited to partner this summer and offer this program.

All are invited, no matter skill level or age! Ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 

A local instructor will be present each week to facillitate a fun, kid-friendly craft project in case you don't have anything to work on and still want to create.

Please register so that we know who to expect and so we may send you emails about the craft and snack for the week. 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Kid's Makers Mornings

Free
Calendar Aug 19, 2022 at 9 am

Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free!

Join other young makers and crafters at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Any project is welcome! The Ely Folk School and Ely Community Resource (ECR) are excited to partner this summer and offer this program.

All are invited, no matter skill level or age! Ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 

A local instructor will be present each week to facillitate a fun, kid-friendly craft project in case you don't have anything to work on and still want to create.

Please register so that we know who to expect and so we may send you emails about the craft and snack for the week. 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online
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Needle Felt a Loon: Live Online

$72

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Aug 19, 2022 at 2 pm

Friday, August 19, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $25  Shipping: $17

Register by Wednesday, August 10 in order to receive supplies prior to class.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little loon. 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 loons, 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.

During these trying times, 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.

Learn to Weave - Rigid Heddle

$99

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Aug 20, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday, August 20, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $84  Materials: $15

Please register by Saturday, August 13 to ensure your spot. 

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Don't worry about not having a loom, the Ely Folk School has them to use. During the morning, we will discuss the different types of weaving materials, types of looms available, how to warp a loom and the language of weaving.

The afternoon will be spent weaving the class project, a set of mug rugs. Depending on time, you should leave class with a set of handwoven mug rugs of your own or rent the loom from the school to complete the project at home.

If you have a working loom, please bring to class or contact the instructor about using your loom for class.

This class is good for beginners of all ages. A child should be accompanied by a parent. Students should not have any issues with hand strength.

About the Instructor, Diane Thomson: I enjoy many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. I rediscovered weaving in 1985 when I purchased my 1st floor loom. I spent most of my early weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when I focused on spinning and knitting. I'm predominately a knitter now but have recently returned to weaving. Since I have retired to Ely, I've finally been able to spend more time expanding my knowledge in different areas of fiber arts.

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online
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Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Live Online

$264

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Aug 20, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Saturdays, August 20 - September 24, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $144   Materials: $110  Shipping: $10

This course takes place over six consecutive Saturday afternoons. 

Registration closes on August 10th to ensure time to ship materials. 

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.

Kid's Makers Mornings

Free
Calendar Aug 26, 2022 at 9 am

Fridays, June 3 through August 26, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free!

Join other young makers and crafters at the Ely Folk School for a relaxed morning of creativity and sharing. Any project is welcome! The Ely Folk School and Ely Community Resource (ECR) are excited to partner this summer and offer this program.

All are invited, no matter skill level or age! Ages 8-18, or younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drop in whenever as you like, for as long as you like. 

A local instructor will be present each week to facillitate a fun, kid-friendly craft project in case you don't have anything to work on and still want to create.

Please register so that we know who to expect and so we may send you emails about the craft and snack for the week. 

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Crochet a Basket with Bedsheets: Live Online

$90

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Sep 16, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Fridays, September 16 - September 30, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $10

This course takes places over three consecutive Friday afternoons. 

Love repurposing items into something useful? Then this project is perfect! Use it to store yarn, haul laundry, organize projects, and so much more. They're durable and washable! Once you learn this technique, no rag sheets will be safe!

This course works well for beginner as well as experienced crocheters.  We'll use simple stitches--chain and single crochet--but HOW we use them transforms fabric strips into a colorful, delightful, and durable basket.  There will be some homework between sessions, and you are welcome to make as many baskets during the course as you like.

You'll be responsible for finding your own bedsheets to repurpose. This project will take about 5 regular cotton sheets or about 3 flannel sheets. You'll need a size Q (15.75 mm) crochet hook. 

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.

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Knit a Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep

$190

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Sep 16, 2022 at 5 pm

Friday, September 16 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 17 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 18 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuition: $150  Materials: $40

Please register by Friday, September 9th to ensure your spot. 

What's a kep and why would you want to knit one? A kep is another term for a stocking hat. They are extremely warm due to how they are knit.

Keps are like Lays Potato chips. you can't just knit one. In the class we will learn a little history about keps but spend more time knitting one. They look complicated but incredibly easy to knit. We will talk about patterns, colors, yarns, knitting tips, finishing and how to design a kep. You'll start your first kep using a locally produced kit.

Come spend the weekend with other knitters learning to knit one of these beautiful keps.

The materials provided include locally produced kep kits, additional yarns, and handouts. Students should bring basic knitting tools: size 1 & 2 16inch circular needle or double points or magic loop, 1 set size 2 double points if using circular needles

About the Instructor, Diane Thomson: I enjoy many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. I rediscovered weaving in 1985 when I purchased my 1st floor loom. I spent most of my early weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s when I focused on spinning and knitting. I'm predominately a knitter now but have recently returned to weaving. Since I have retired to Ely, I've finally been able to spend more time expanding my knowledge in different areas of fiber arts.





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