Saturday, November 23, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $15
Students will create a one-of-a-kind necklace loosely based on the style of a Native American dream catcher. Recycled jewelry and natural materials will be used to create these necklaces. Students should bring any broken earrings or necklaces they’d like to incorporate into their pieces. Students can also consider picking up materials they find outdoors such as bark, feathers, or pieces of rusted metal to bring to add to the finished pieces.
About the instructor, Kay Vandervort: Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.
Kay retired to Ely three years ago after a career as a freelance writer followed by thirty years as a nonprofit executive director. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School, sharing her beautiful creations, her skills, and her playfulness exploring color and creativity.
Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 at 3:00 for a potluck dinner. We’ll provide a roasted turkey with stuffing and gravy, coffee and tea, so bring one of your Thanksgiving favorites to share. We’ll start at 3:00 so you’ll be free to enjoy other Thanksgiving activities like the open house at the State Theater and the tree lighting at the Grand Ely Lodge.
We’ll have some music and games and lots of camaraderie. If you’re having dinner elsewhere, you’re welcome to join us for dessert or just drop in to say hi if you’re out doing the Thanksgiving shopping night stroll. Please do RSVP by emailing or calling 218-235-0138.
Saturday, November 30, 201912:30 pm – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $30 Materials Fee: $10
Not just cooked raisins, this delicious, traditional mincemeat starts with venison, then is supplemented with apples, citrus, spices, molasses, currants, raisins and topped off with brandy. The instructor will gather the organic, local-when-possible ingredients. (OK, not the oranges.) Students need to bring a quart container to take home mincemeat to make their own holiday pie.
About the instructor: Johnnie Hyde has been making her mother’s mincemeat recipe for more than 40 years. What better credentials could you possibly ask for?
Saturday, November 30, 20191:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuition: $25 Materials: $10
Create a unique switch plate using polymer clay and your choice of designs for your home or cabin. Polymer is an easy-to-use medium that can be stamped, carved, scored, and painted to achieve the desired effect. Participants will have a finished switch plate at the end of the class.
Additionally, it is a chance for you to experiment with polymer clay before investing in the supplies and clay. Polymer clay, as a medium, has many uses for creating unique jewelry, decorative bowls, art pieces, and figurines. Wear clothes you can get paint on.
About the instructor: Kay Vandervort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read…so we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media.
It is the exploration of color and texture that excites me about working with polymer. It can be manipulated, stacked, stamped, carved, and scored to create interesting layers and textures
Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes at the Ely Folk School.
Friday, December 6, 201912:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $45 Materials: $25
In this easy-going, entry-level class, you’ll learn the simple skills to create your own pine needle basket and spark a passion that will last a lifetime.
You will be shown one way of doing things. You can then continue with that or let your imagination run wild. There are no rules, no right or wrong ways of doing things, no patterns to follow, and no straight lines! “The perfection of Nature is its imperfection.”
Using long leaf pine needles from the southern United States , waxed sinew and your choice of wooden basket centers, you’ll create your own 4-6″ basket. Enhancements, such as beads and charms, will be available for purchase to add that special touch that personalizes it just for you.
Come along and join in a fun-filled class and learn a new skill!
About the instructor: Carolyn Quick has a background including law enforcement, business analysis, data security and teaching. Now retired, she enjoys living in the woods and watching her wildlife neighbors.
Friday, December 6, 20191:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuition: $25 Materials: $15
This class will encourage students to think outside the box and combine recycled and broken jewelry, random beads, and do-dads in a pleasing way for a one-of-a-kind creation. Participants are encouraged to bring jewelry that is broken or needs a fresh look.
Cords, chain and findings will be available as well as a variety of items that can be incorporated into the designs. Necklaces can be simple or elaborate, your choice!
About the instructor: Kay Vandervort has no fear experimenting with all kinds of craft media. She has taught a variety of very fun jewelry and polymer clay classes at the Ely Folk School, and the students walk away smiling with their new creations.
Kay taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not-for-profit management. She has facilitated trainings at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening.
Kay retired to Ely five years ago and has become very involved in the community. She participates in American Association of University Women, works part time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.
Choice of Project: Hat or mittensSaturday, February 8, 20209:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuition: $80 Materials: $100
This class is limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and mittens are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You choose whether to make a hat or mittens and will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.
About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are experienced woodsmen, do-it-yourselfers and folk school instructors who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.
Wet-Felting Wool SlippersSaturday, February 15, 20208:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuition: $80 Materials: $25
In this class, students will explore and learn the process of wet-felting loose wool roving over a form. We will start out with a small sample project to learn the technique. Then, students will work on independent projects and complete their own pair of wool slippers to be taken home, with skills that can be applied to other projects.
Students should be ready to roll up their sleeves with comfortable clothing that can handle a few splashes of water. If students wish to make a pair for someone other than themselves, they should bring in a tracing on paper of the receiver’s feet in order to create the proper size
About the instructor: Sarah Malick-Wahls has experience teaching ecology and natural resources to undergraduates and outdoor and survival skills to elementary and high school students in addition to teaching fiber arts here at EFS. Previous EFS classes she instructed include wool-felting slippers and fingerless mitts.
A wildlife biologist by trade, Sarah has been a fan of traditional folk arts for many years. She came to felting first through “fulling”, the process of shrinking knitted items, about a dozen years ago. After teaching herself wet-felting with wool roving eight years ago, she was an instant convert. Now she prefers the flexibility of form and significant savings on time it takes to produce products with this technique. She was a founding board member at EFS and is happy to continue her involvement with the school as an instructor. Sarah’s slippers with needle-felt adornments are frequent contributions at local fundraising auctions.
Saturday, February 15, 202012:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $45 Materials: $25 (Please note: Registration will close on February 8th to allow time to order materials.)
Chip carving is a very old craft practiced by many cultures. The patterns we typically see are based on Northern European tradition. This is an art form that almost anyone can practice. It just requires patience and a steady hand. Chip carving generally consists of a set of triangular cuts layed-out in regular, geometric patterns, but can be more free form, as in lettering and pictures. You will receive a sharp knife, the key to safety and ease of carving, and you will learn how to handle and care for the knife. You will learn to lay out a pattern for cutting, how to make the various cuts and as you develop a feel for the wood, you will learn how to deal with mistakes. You will leave with some new skills and, hopefully, a carved coaster.
About the instructor: Bart Dunning has done various woodworking activities for decades. He has built some furniture, and done some 3D carving as well as relief carving. About 20 years ago he ran across a book about chip carving and decided to give it a try. He has since chip carved numerous items ranging from little coasters to larger trivets and signs. Bart taught physiology for a number of years at several medical schools. He currently teaches skiing at Buck Hill in Burnsville and demonstrates chip carving at the Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County fairgrounds.