Class Calendar

Jul
25
Thu
2019
Made to Fit: Custom-fitted Blouse
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, July 25, 20191:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

Do you find shopping for a blouse that works for you is just about impossible? The styles are just not right or the fabrics are all wrong, the cost is exorbitant or they just don’t fit right. Well, this class will give you the information and skills to take just a very basic blouse pattern and create a wide variety of blouses. What style of collar do you want? Sleeve length? Cuffed? Fitted or not? Long tails or tuck-in length? Hem straight or scalloped? Your imagination is the only limit you have to having a closet full of fun blouses that fit your style, budget and size.

Students need to purchase before the class: 2-1/2 yards of fabric of choice, 1/3 yard light-weight interfacing [I prefer iron on], matching thread, 6-8 buttons [Can purchase locally at Mary’s Spinning Wheel]. Also bring pins and a sewing needle for some hand stitching.

About the instructor: Candace Bischoff has been called a crafting fanatic. She sews, knits, crochets, embroiders, and does cross stitch, needlepoint, and smocking. She’s game to try almost any craft at least once, often combining crafts such as sewing and embroidery. Candace says, “My grandmother introduced me to the sewing machine when I was 10, and I have sewn Barbie Doll clothes, prom dresses, my wardrobe from junior high school to the present, as well as many garments for friends and family. I get frustrated with the clothing available today in the stores and make most of my own garments or alter the style or fit of store-bought items. I love making things unique to my need and styling.

I love helping people learn a new craft and see how much fun they have with the new knowledge and skill.

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Create a Ribbon Necklace
Jul 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday, July 25, 20191:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Tuition: $20 Materials: $15

Students will combine ribbon, yarn, and beads to create a unique necklace appropriate for either casual or dressy occasions. This project is a great way to use up odds and ends of craft supplies. Students will work from a cit of yarns, beads and ribbon. Previous beading experience is not needed.

About the instructor: Kay says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project: jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

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.

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Jul
26
Fri
2019
Eco-Friendly House Building
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday, July 26, 20199:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuition: $20

The workdays available for student participation have been changed from Saturdays to Fridays.

Are you intrigued by how to build sustainably? The Ely Folk School is collaborating with Andy and Paula Hill who are building an affordable, energy-efficient, environmentally-responsible home within the city limits of Ely. They are offering the opportunity for people to come learn about sustainable building practices by getting involved in the process.

Andy and interested participants will be working on the house every Friday from June through September from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

You can choose individual Fridays for the phases of the construction that interest you. June and July will offer “Learning How to Build the Perfect Wall” first developed by Joe Lstiburek, PHD. Engineer. This technique will also be used in the floor assembly.

August and September will give opportunities to learn how to install solar hot water with photovoltaic panels including the appliance information, mechanical installation and water recovery system.

In September, we will move outside and build raised garden beds.Watch for details in these class postings with the weekly descriptions of classes with any necessary adjustments throughout the project.

Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, safety glasses, rain gear if needed, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Each week Andy will give a short update on the project first and answer any questions that come up.

About the instructor: For Andy Hill, this project will be the culmination of 50 years of experience building and remodeling homes. He has implemented creative sustainable practices in the homes he has built as a general contractor along with his previous off-the-grid homestead located outside of Ely. He has taught sustainable living classes and Northwoods gardening at the Ely Folk School. He is a qualified solar installer.

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Beautiful Beaded Serving Spoon
Jul 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, July 26, 20191:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $25 Materials: $9

Students will learn how to use beaded wire to wrap serving spoons to make a unique server for yourself or to give as a gift. They are fun to make and perfect to pop into a bowl of fruit salad or a casserole, adding a bit of color and whimsey. It’s the perfect spoon to take to a potluck since no one will confuse it with their own, and you’re not likely to leave it behind. What could be a better gift for a wedding shower, holiday gift, or to show appreciation to a wonderful hostess?

About the instructor: Autumn Cole has taught various classes at the Ely Folk School and elsewhere in creating jewelry and other items with beads and wire, as well as sewing and quilting. Autumn is retired from a career in psychology, part-time college instructor, and business owner of a consignment boutique. She says she has always enjoyed teaching, and her students give her rave reviews as an enthusiastic, patient, and encouraging instructor.

Her hobbies have included sewing, quilting, creating jewelry, and participating in outdoor sports. She finds creative activities to be a way to relax the mind and bring joy to the heart.She is currently a certified Happiness Coach and likes to focus on being a grateful and uplifting person while also helping other people do so.

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Jul
31
Wed
2019
Create a Crystal Necklace
Jul 31 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Create a Crystal NecklaceWednesday, July 31, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

Students will combine crystals, chips and a variety of stone and glass beads into a cluster at the base of a chain. Students will work from a kit of beads in their choice of color. The beads will be woven on random pattern to create a pleasing design. Although the necklace looks intricate, it is simple to complete and no previous beading experience is needed.

About the instructor: “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

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.

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Aug
1
Thu
2019
Intro to Wet Plate Photography
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 1, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $12

Come join us as we travel back in time 150 years to the early days of photography. This process was introduced in the 1850s, and was at its heyday during the Civil War. It is capable of making both negative and positive images. The collodion process, also known as wet plate, is enjoying a resurgence, and here is your chance to try it without the overhead of getting your own equipment.

Chris suggests bringing an apron or smock since silver nitrate used in the process stains clothes and hands.

About the instructor: Chris Olsen has a degree in history and works as a particle accelerator operator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Il. He has combined his interest in history and photography by practicing 19th century photography, both tintypes and daguerreotypes, for about 14 years. For the past nine years, Chris has been taking his photography to Civil War reenactments and given demonstrations at schools and living history museums and fairs.

Chris recently started using the wet plate process for backstage photos at concerts as well as astrophotography, is acting as historical consultant for a pitch film, and is writing for the Vatican Astronomy Foundation Blog. Chris has three daughters, and the two older girls are learning the collodion process

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Aug
2
Fri
2019
Traditional Han Athabascan Beading
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fridays, August 2, 9, and 16, 20191:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $90 Materials: $10

This is a 3-week class series, which will be open to beginners and beaders with some experience, giving them an opportunity to improve their skills and work with more intricate designs.

You will learn how to paint with beads, creating beautiful designs in the traditional style of the Han Athabascan people of Alaska. The beading will be done on a felt background, so you will be able to attach your finished piece to a purse, moccasin, shirt or other article of clothing or frame it for your home.

You will learn all the basics of beading, including the preferred tools and materials, how to choose beads, and various stitches to use. Adeline will provide a number of Han Athabascan designs for you to choose from, and you will have a chance to learn about the Han Athabascan culture as Adeline shares her stories.

Adeline does not live here year-round, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a master craftsperson!

About the instructor: Adeline Potts is a Native of Alaska of the Han Athabascan tribe. She has had extensive experience beading professionally, creating intricately-beaded wedding garments and beautiful Moosehide moccasins, and enjoys teaching, passing on the traditional skills to others. She and her husband spent over 30 winters living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, fishing, hunting and trapping.

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Aug
3
Sat
2019
Create a Button Necklace
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 3, 20191:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $20

Have you ever wondered what to do with your mom’s or grandmother’s button jar? The button necklace is the perfect solution. This bead embroidered necklace uses buttons to create a focal point and incorporates a variety of glass and stone beads sewn into a design that complements the buttons.

Students will choose a kit with the colors they like. If you have some favorite, special buttons you’d like to incorporate into the color scheme you choose, bring them along!

About the instructor: Kay says, “As children we could get out of doing dishes if we read. We read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project we were working on while we watched. Hence, all my life I have gotten into the habit of having a lap project—jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic medium.”

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.

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Aug
8
Thu
2019
Huichol Beading
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday, August 8, 20199:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $5

Learn the tips and tricks to this Mexican art form. We will start with a small piece, exploring the basics then move on to a little bit bigger piece to master more skills. We will also go over how to prepare a piece to be beaded.This craft requires patience, precision, good eyesight, and the ability to work with small beads. Each participant will leave with complete written instructions and at least one completed piece.

About the instructor: Anna Shallman has taught this beautiful beading technique successfully, creating her own designs. She has years of experience knitting and weaving beautiful articles with speed and precision, many of them her own design. She says, “I’ve been teaching beginners for about 20 years and it is one of my very favorite things to do.”

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Capture Nature in Resin
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, August 8, 20191:00 PM – 3:00 PMTuition: $20 Materials: $30

Create your own nature masterpiece! Using a two-part resin and your choice of inclusions, we will be creating a 3-1/4″ round piece of art. Pine cones, pine needles, catkins, birch bark, and other natural items will be supplied. You are also welcome to bring your own inclusions such as charms, beads, photos, anything!

Your final creation will set in 24 hours and can be picked up at the Folk School the next day. (Special arrangements can be made during class to take it with you and/or ship it.) It can be be drilled in class for use as a basket center for either of the pine needle basketry classes, as an ornament, or even a suncatcher!

You will leave with a new skill that can be used to capture your adventures and memories in a new and unique way.

About the instructor: Carolyn is the instructor of the Pine Needle Basketry classes and has been creating the resin centers for her classes. So many students wanted to learn, that she has added this class!

Carolyn has taught a variety of topics including high school English, music, several courses for the DNR, and has also been a field training officer for police officers. She is now retired with a background in law enforcement, finance, and project management, and is most happy when in the woods.

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