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Ely Folk School



Online Class

Needle Felt a Swan: Live Online

$76

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Jun 3, 2022 at 2 pm

Friday, June 3, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36  Materials and Shipping: $45

Registration closes on May 23 to allow time for shipping of supplies. 

You may have seen the Trumpeter Swans welcoming spring to the North and here's your chance to make your own wooly version of the elegant bird.  Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little swan. 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 swans, 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.

Blueberry Hand Pies: Live Online

$36

with Lacey Squier

Calendar Jul 30, 2022 at 9 am

Saturday, July 30, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Tuition: $36 

These butter crust hand pies can be made in bulk and frozen either before they've been baked or after. Prep ahead to have at the ready to bring as a shareable treat when you're called to an impromptu summer bonfire with friends.

Participants will leave class with eight uncooked, ready to freeze hand pies! Check the email you receive upon registration for a list of ingredients and supplies. 

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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.

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.

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.

Loon Lake Tapestry Weaving: Level 1 Stretch: Live Online

$185

with Laura Berlage

Calendar Oct 8, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $100  Materials: $75  Shipping: $10

This class builds on technique learned in Laura's Intro to Tapestry Weaving class. This is a “Level 1-Stretch” projects, so it’s great for students who have taken Level 1 while still being very enjoyable for Level 2 or 3 weavers.  Students who have taken at Intro to Tapestry Weaving, Level 1 are eligible for this class.

Ready to practice your new tapestry weaving skills and apply them to a beautiful scenery piece?  “Loon Lake” is a great Level 1-“Stretch” skill builder that combines techniques from Laura’s course like working hills and valleys to create this lovely Northwoods image. The technique “stretch” for this project includes embroidery and bead elements to bring the loons to life.  The kit comes with beautifully hand dyed wool from her farm’s sheep and a lovely felt mounting board with wooden pins for showing off your finished work.  Practice good technique, enjoy the community of weavers, and advance your skills with this four-part class with Laura.

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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