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Learn to Weave a Scarf


with Diane Thomson

Calendar Feb 7, 2020 at 9 am

Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $30

Begin learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom by starting with a scarf. We will discuss looms, materials and the language of weaving. You will create your scarf by direct warping it to the loom and then begin to weave. Once you have completed your scarf, you learn how to finish the ends and the fabric.

All the weaving materials will be part of the materials fee and will be provided by the instructor. Each student should bring with them scissors, pen/pencil, ruler and tape measure and bag lunch. You will be able to use the school's looms or bring your own, as long as it is in good working condition. Looms are available to rent for a modest fee if you were not able to finish your weaving 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 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 taught classes in both at the folk school.  Diane says, “Since retiring to to Ely I am hoping to spend more time getting back into weaving.”


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.

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