Class Calendar

Feb
8
Sat
2020
Intro to Hand Stitching Leather
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, February 8, 20209:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $45

This class is an introduction into the world of leather hand sewing, Students will learn the basics of preparing the leather for sewing, using the correct tools, and how to make several different stitches, essential skills for making leather projects. At the end of the class participants will have the opportunity to make a pull string bag to take home.

About the instructor: Matthew Fedders has been working in leather as a full time craftsman for seven years and teaching others for the last five. He has worked with experienced craftsmen learning the traditional ways of making leather products. He works at the Lobo leather store in Ely, his family’s business.

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Intro to Swedish Folk Painting
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 8, 20209:00 am – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $15

Come learn the basics of Swedish folk painting. Called Dalmalning, this type of folkart originated in Sweden during the middle to late 1800s. You will learn about the history and different styles of Dalmalning and then learn the components of the most common form, “the Kurbit”. We will spend the remainder of the day painting our own Dalmalning project in acrylic paints. All materials for the project including paints, brushes, and mediums are included in the materials fee.

Students should wear clothes suitable for painting and bring pen and paper for note taking and a small jar.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been rosemaling since 2007 and has studied extensively with master rosemalers in Norway and the United States. She has also studied Dalmaining, a folkart painting style, in Sweden. She has won several blue ribbons at the MN state fair for her rosemaling, received the Best in Show twice, and get rave reviews from Ely Folk School students.

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Sewing with Beaver Hides
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

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Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, February 8, 2020 3:00 PM – 7:00 PMSunday, February 9, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence).

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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Feb
9
Sun
2020
Pine Needle Basketry-Whole Needle
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 9, 202012:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $35

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.

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Create a Druzy Agate Necklace
Feb 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Sunday, February 9, 20201:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

Druzy is the formation of tiny crystals on the surface of a gemstone, in this case agate. Each necklace will combine Druzy agate beads, and a selection of stone, glass and metal beads with a Druzy agate focal bead. This is a simple and unique necklace that a novice beader can easily complete in the time allowed for the class.

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.

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Night Sky Photography: The Aurora & Star Trails
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm

This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)Saturday, February 8, 2020 3:00 PM – 7:00 PMSunday, February 9, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images.

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. Weather permitting, we’ll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and the aurora (if she graces us with her presence).

On day 2 we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from my night photography sessions in case the weather is cloudy or rainy.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic CC is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

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Feb
10
Mon
2020
Create a Coat – Choose your style
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a 2-Day ClassMonday, February 10, 2020 12:00 PM – 5:00 PMTuesday, February 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $100 Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat or choose to make a different style. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored blanket coats or capotes as practical, warm, comfortable, and easy-to-make.

Learn how to design a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80″ x 90″ or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have some fun.

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Tree of Life Necklace
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, February 10, 202012:00 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

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Voyageur Sash Weaving
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, February 10, 20201:00 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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