Class Calendar

Nov
13
Sat
2021
A Quiltmaker’s Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 13, 20212:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Helen has been a quiltmaker for over 40 years and is passionate about her art form. In this one-hour Lecture/Trunk Show, you will hear what inspired Helen to become a quilter, see how her quiltmaking style has changed over the years, and learn who has influenced her work and why. While showing 20-25 quilts, Helen will share some of her proudest achievements as well as some of her challenges along this creative journey. She hopes to inspire you to become a quiltmaker, too; or, if you already make quilts, to try some new techniques. Be sure to stay until the end of her Trunk Show so you can see the quilts up close and ask questions.

About Helen Smith Stone: Helen is the founder/owner of Quilting on the Waterfront (QTW), a small business that focuses on providing education to quiltmakers ~ machine piecing, machine quilting, and art quilting techniques. She especially enjoys teaching “beginner” quilters, helping them get off to a good start.

Helen’s first experience with needles and thread was at the age of eight when her mother taught her hand-embroidery. Later, she became interested in sewing machines, and her journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics, 4-H classes, and good teachers propelled Helen forward into first sewing doll clothes and later making clothing for herself. But, when she saw her grandmother’s collection of quilts, she was smitten! “I knew then what I wanted to learn – how to create quilts!” Many years later, she made her first quilt – a baby quilt for her son. From there, quiltmaking became Helen’s passion and art form. She has been making quilts for over 40 years.

An award-winning quilter, Helen presented a quilt show/conference (Quilting on the Waterfront) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in 2002, 2004, and 2006, bringing in over 6,000 attendees each year. She continued to produce smaller quilt shows at The Inn on Lake Superior-Duluth until 2012. She enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts through Trunk Shows, workshops, and special exhibits.

Helen’s work has been published in Joanne Larsen Line’s books: Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, and More Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. She has also been featured in a machine quilting book by Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques; in a paper-piecing book by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, A Passion for Piecing; and in three QuiltArt Engagement Calendars by American Quilters Society (AQS).

In 2001, Helen started a quilt guild to help educate and inspire new and experienced quilters and to encourage the making and donating of quilts to local charitable organizations. Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild (NLMQG) is based in Duluth and has 70 members.

Helen worked in the education profession for over 35 years: The Marshall School, Duluth Public Schools, KUMD-Public Radio, WDSE-Public TV, and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She participates in a variety of online classes and strongly believes in lifelong learning. One of her favorite quotes is: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. – Author unknown

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Felted Crochet Wool Rug: Live Online
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27, 20212:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $85 Materials: $145 Shipping: $17

Registration closes on November 3rd.

Have you ever accidentally felted something in the wash–oops! Or have you seen felted knits and wondered if you could do that with crochet? This class not only unlocks the process and tricks for felted crochet but also lets you felt in the wash and by hand on purpose to make a beautiful, durable wool rug. And guess what, you can machine wash that rug later, for happy bare feet for years to come! If you know how to make chain and single crochet stitches, you’ll be good to go. And I guarantee that one you get the knack for it, you’re stash of odds-and-ends wool yarn will soon be put to use making more. If you want to bring some of that stash to our Zoom class, I’m happy to help coach you and what would or would not work well for incorporating into your rug.

Approximate finished project dimensions: 23 x 32 inches. (Unfelted dimensions about 29 x 37 inches)

Students will receive a supply kit in the mail prior to class. Here’s what is included: Adequate yardage of your color choice wool from our farm’s sheep and Icelandic lopi (4 skeins lopi, 3 skeins colored wool) Written pattern and felting instructions Access to video tutorials of me demonstrating the key steps in the process, for review or in case you have any troubles using Zoom

This is what you would need to have on hand for completing the project: Size N crochet hook (yup, it’s big) Tapestry needle for burying ends (if you like that technique) A washer and dryer (if you choose to use a laundromat, that’s fine, just repeat the steps you learn for this part when it works for you) Non-detergent bar soap (for hand-felting, doesn’t need to be much) A utility sink (a bath tub or large bin could also work if you don’t mind kneeling) A couple older beach or bath towels A space to block your rug that is water-resistant (this could be the top of a chest freezer, a tile floor, or a table covered in plastic)

Students can choose from four color schemes: Autumn Orange; Forest Green; Bayside Blue; and Frosted Purple. Upon registration, you will receive an email with photos of each option.

Contact us prior to registration if you would like to use your own yarn and colors. You will need 440 yards of a coarse lopi and 440 yards of colored, wool yarn of your choice.

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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Nov
14
Sun
2021
The Maasepän Puukko
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PMSunday, November 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuition: $144 Materials: $150

Registration will close on November 1st in order to ensure time to forge the puukko blades.

The Maasepän puukko is the oldest style of puukko, a basic villager’s blacksmith knife, that dates back to the early Middle age. It is elegant in its simplicity and examples can be found using a variety of types of wood for the handles, and leather (tuppi) or birchbark (tuohituppi) sheaths.

In this class, students will learn about some of the process that goes into harvesting and preparing the handle materials for puukko making. They will shape their own maasepän puukko handles with a wood rasp and strips of sandpaper, sew the leather sheath, and learn how to take care of a carbon steel blade. This includes maintaining a good cutting edge. Students will then take home their very own puukko, with a handle and sheath they made themselves.

The materials fee includes the blade, handle wood block, birch lesta sheath liner, epoxy, sandpaper, sheath leather, thread, needles, and sheath finishing wax. Students will need to bring their own cutting board, ruler, pencil, pliers, wood rasp, utility knife or razor blade, and thimble. If you are able, bring a set of clamps. Each day will include a lunch break – feel free to bring your own lunch or visit our neighboring restaurants.

About the Instructor, Paige May: I grew up on a hobby farm in Northeast Nebraska, and starting at a very early age my parents got me out in the woods. I learned to fish as a toddler, and then started hunting and trapping. I’ve always liked to keep busy building things and crafting, so it’s no surprise that once I moved to Northeast Minnesota, I fell in love with wilderness here.

Over the past 13 years, I’ve focused my creative energy on using the wild fur that I trap and the raw materials from the boreal forest to create beautiful and useful things, like furry winter garments and knives. I have really resonated with the strong Scandinavian heritage in Minnesota and have gravitated towards becoming a puukko knife maker, or puukkoseppä.

While I have learned to forge puukko blades, my best friend Jamiah Mahoney at Subtle Forge, already has his smithy set up. Jamiah’s fine-tuned skills produce gorgeous high-quality carbon steel puukko, leuku and chef’s blades. For this reason, I currently source my blades from him and in so doing support not only one of my best friends, but another local business.

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Nov
17
Wed
2021
Papermaking
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 17, 20215:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tuition: $24 Materials: $10

What could spread more joy than a note written on a piece of colorful unique paper? Papermaking has been essential to society for thousands of years but in modern times mass production has led to an emphasis on low cost and uniformity in paper products. Learn how to make beautiful and unique handmade paper from junk mail and paper scraps.

Students will learn the basics of the paper making process as well as how to choose and embed additions such as glitter, metallic foil, and botanicals. Students will go home with 15-20 sheets of homemade paper.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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Nov
22
Mon
2021
Writing from a Sense of Time and Place
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm

Monday, November 22, 20215:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: $20

A light meal will be provided.

In this interactive writing workshop, participants will begin a creative writing project in the form of essay, poetry, fiction or memoir (or a combination of any of these). Prompts will be suggested, and the concepts of time and place will be examined from diverse individual and community worldviews.

There will be discussions within very small groups as well as among the entire group of participants; these can provide a shared richness of energy and thought. At the end of the workshop, some participants may have a completed piece, some may have the foundation for work that may be developed further.

Participants should bring paper to write upon, paper to jot down notes and ideas, and pens or pencils.

This event is sponsored by Ely’s chapter of American Association of University Women. Find a full schedule of Linda’s workshops and book reading from AAUW.

About the Instructor: Linda LeGarde Grover, professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at UMD, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and author fiction, poetry, research articles, newspaper columns and essays.

She is a recipient of the UMD Albert Tezla Teaching and Research Award for her work in integrating her research into her courses and of the UMD College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Linda’s book publications include The Dance Boots (University of George Press 2010); The Road Back to Sweetgrass (University of Minnesota Press 2014); The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives (Red Mountain Press 2016); Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press 2017) and In the Night of Memory (University of Minnesota Press 2019), and the forthcoming collection of essays Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories from Misaabekong (University of Minnsota Press 2021). Her work has received the Flannery O’Connor Award, Janet Heidingerr Kafka Prize, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers Fiction Award, Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. Linda lives in Duluth, where she was born.

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Dec
1
Wed
2021
Sustainable Living
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 1, 20216:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Free! These sessions will be held the first Wednesday of each month October through February.

Ever wonder how you might make a positive difference to sustainable living but haven’t known where to start? Well, you’re in luck! Join a community of green-minded folk in discussing creative ways to live a cleaner lifestyle. Come think with us each month as we ponder and peruse the state of the world and our own impacts. Although individual actions alone cannot solve the climate crisis, we can join together and share both our cost-effective and even cost-free ways to lessen our footprint and discuss our questions and frustrations. Fostering contagious ideas is a wonderful way to create positive progress. The longest journey starts with a single step.

Topics each month will be based largely on current events, attendee questions, and seasonal opportunities. We ask you all to come with both a question about sustainability and an idea or a choice you have made toward a more sustainable future, be it about installing solar or saving your garden seeds!

About the facilitator: Andy Hill, of Northland Builders and EcoEly, has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He has been called an Evangelist of Sustainability and he promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the Folk School since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

So, come engage with Andy and meet some new friends!

Think globally, act locally.

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Dec
2
Thu
2021
Linoleum Print Patches
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, December 2, 20211:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $48 Materials: $25

Students will learn how to carve a 4″x6″ linoleum block to create prints and patches. Students will learn which fabric and inks are best for printing on fabric versus on paper. If you’ve ever wanted to create multiple works of wearble art, this is a good place to begin!

Linoleum printing is a long practiced art form, in which you cut a design into the linoleum before printing it with ink. We will explore working with both fabric and paper. We encourage you to use the prints you make on fabric for mending your worn clothes!

About the Instructor, Nora Rickey: I am a self taught visual artist and educator living in Minnesota. Raised in an artistic household and trained in NYC, I came into my visual arts practice when I moved back to the sweet Midwest. Here, I began exploring and teaching myself different fiber arts skills and incorporating them into my work. Whether a hidden secret or on full display, I love to create pieces that transform the wearer into art.

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Dec
9
Thu
2021
Learn to Make Leiden: Live Online
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, December 9, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

December’s Cheese of the Month is Leiden!

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month.

Leiden is a uniquely rich cheese, that is both buttery and fragrant.

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you!

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list with ample time prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption.

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.

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Dec
10
Fri
2021
Needle Felt a Snowy Owl: Live Online
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, December 10, 20212:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36 Materials: $25 Shipping: $15

Register before December 1st in order to receive supplies prior to the class. The snowy owl is the cute guy in the center of the photo.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little snowy owl. 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 owls, 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.

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.

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Dec
16
Thu
2021
Homemade Beeswax Wraps
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 16, 20216:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuition: $24 Materials: $10

What could spread more joy than a note written on a piece of colorful unique paper? Papermaking has been essential to society for thousands of years but in modern times mass production has led to an emphasis on low cost and uniformity in paper products. Learn how to make beautiful and unique handmade paper from junk mail and paper scraps.

Students will learn the basics of the paper making process as well as how to choose and embed additions such as glitter, metallic foil, and botanicals. Students will go home with 15-20 sheets of homemade paper.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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