Tuesday, Dec. 10, 20192:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuition: $30 Materials: $15
In the darkest time of the year, the Swedish saint of light comes singing, offering saffron buns and hot coffee, a wreath of candles in her hair to light her way. Come learn to make the traditional St. Lucia buns and braids which use saffron, the world’s most expensive spice that gives the bread its golden yellow hue. While we wait for the bread to rise, we will learn the traditional St. Lucia song and talk about other Swedish holiday traditions. Brighten your holidays with this cultural experience — it’s less expensive than a trip to Sweden! Suitable for inter-generational learning, ages 10 and up.
About the instructor: LynnAnne Vesper has lived in the Ely area for about 20 years. Before that, she studied foreign languages, traveled a lot, and lived abroad. During her year in Sweden, she sang in a student choir. One night, some choir members kidnapped her told her it was her turn to get candle wax dripping on her hair. LynnAnne remembers this opportunity to portray St. Lucia as a highlight of her life.
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.