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Tree of Life Necklace

$55

with Elizabeth Engelke

Calendar Feb 10, 2020 at 12 pm

Monday, February 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Tuition: $40  Materials: $15

Wire wrapping is an ancient craft that has been around for thousands of years. Come join as we make a beautiful gemstone tree of life pendant necklace! Elizabeth will guide you through creating your own unique tree of life! We will be making the frame and tree with copper wire and the leaves with 2mm gemstone beads. She will have a colorful variety of tiny stone beads for you to choose from. Bring reading glasses if you have them because the beads are very tiny. 

You will learn some wire wrapping basics including what tools are best to use and how to add a patina to your finished jewelry to make it look like an antique. Some wire wrapping experience is a plus but not a requirement for this class.

Additional materials are available for purchase for $15 if you would like to make another necklace at home.

(Tools are provided for use in class. Feel free to bring your own to use, as well.)

About the Instructor: Elizabeth Engelke is a busy mother of five who loves to make crafts in her spare time. She enjoys learning about how things are made, and as a child was always braiding something or building with the scrap wood her dad brought home.

Elizabeth says, "!I learned how to crochet, how to do some carpentry from watching my dad, learned taxidermy, and in the last 5 years have learned pine needle basketry, micro macrame and wire wrapping. When I discovered wire work jewelry in 2015, I was so amazed by the beautiful pieces of jewelry I saw in pictures that I had to try it.

Elizabeth sells her jewelry at craft shows and outdoor markets in Tower, Ely, Biwabik, Gilbert, Virginia and Hibbing and at Ubetcha in Tower, MN

Wirework Necklace with Stone Pendant

$45

with Elizabeth Engelke

Calendar Feb 11, 2020 at 1 pm

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $15

Wire wrapping is an ancient craft that has been around for thousands of years. Learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind stone pendant necklace.

In this class you will learn some wire wrapping basics, how to use the appropriate tools, and how to add a patina to your finished jewelry to give it an antique look. We will be using copper wire with a variety of stone cabochons to choose from! Additional materials are available for purchase for $15 if you would like to make more than one necklace. 

About the Instructor: Elizabeth Engelke is a busy mother of five who loves to make crafts in her spare time. Her interests have included crochet, taxidermy, macrame, gardening, wire wrapping and pine needle basketry. She enjoys a challenge, and her beautiful work reveals her enthusiasm and skill. She currently sells wire wrapped and macrame jewelry at local farmers markets, Ubetcha in Tower, and in her Etsy shop at HookNStoneCreations.

Luffarslöjd: Swedish Woven Wire Work

$75

with Faith Clover

Calendar Feb 14, 2020 at 10 am

Friday, February 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $15

Join wire artist Faith Clover to practice a traditional Scandinavian wire craft. Whether you’re brand new to luffarslöjd, or ready to move on from hooks to new projects, this weekend you can choose to join the first day to learn all the basic techniques, and add the second day to build skills and move on to more advanced projects such as candlesticks or bowls on Saturday. Plenty of individual attention and some project customization will be available.

Projects might include copper hooks, candlesticks of colored wire, bowls decorated with incorporated beads. These workshops are paced to build skills and techniques for traditional wire shapes. Plenty of individual attention and some project customization will be available.

Wire work, or Luffarslojd, is a humble craft where we use simple tools and materials to make useful and beautiful things. The literal translation is “tramp craft,” done by men going from farm to farm, repairing fences and tools, using simple tools and materials but also making beautiful, decorative items for the housewives.

In this class you will learn the basic techniques and can move on to more advanced projects such as candlesticks or bowls on Saturday. From these beginnings you can create your own unique objects. Throughout the day we will talk about the important role of crafts in Scandinavian life.

About the instructor: Faith Clover was born in Minnesota, the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. After college art at the elementary and college level in Oregon. She received her Phd from the University of Arizona and returned to teach at the University of Minnesota until retirement. 

She is a student of all things Swedish, has worked with the American Swedish Institute's educational programs, and taken groups of graduate students to study crafts at Saterglanan in Sweden.

Advanced Luffarslöjd: Swedish Woven Wire Work

$75

with Faith Clover

Calendar Feb 15, 2020 at 10 am

Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $15

If you have experience with luffarslöjd, or have taken Faith's introductory class and are ready to move on from hooks to new projects, this class is your chance to learn some special techniques.

Wire work, or Luffarslojd, is a humble craft where we use simple tools and materials to make useful and beautiful things. The literal translation is “tramp craft,” done by men going from farm to farm, repairing fences and tools, using simple tools and materials but also making beautiful, decorative items for the housewives. Throughout the day we will talk about the important role of crafts in Scandinavian life.

Projects might include copper hooks, candlesticks of colored wire, bowls decorated with incorporated beads as you build skills and techniques for traditional wire shapes. Plenty of individual attention and some project customization will be available.

About the instructor: Faith Clover was born in Minnesota, the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. After college art at the elementary and college level in Oregon. She received her Phd from the University of Arizona and returned to teach at the University of Minnesota until retirement. 

She is a student of all things Swedish, has worked with the American Swedish Institute's educational programs, and taken groups of graduate students to study crafts at Saterglanan in Sweden.





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