Class Calendar

Oct
14
Mon
2019
Needle Felting 101
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monday, October 14, 20191:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $15

Learn the easy fundamentals of needle felting, which is a simple and inexpensive craft. The only thing required to make fantastic creations are felting needles, wool roving, a foam pad and a little imagination. Students will walk away with a gnome or two of their own creation and the skills to make anything they can dream of completely out of wool.

About the instructor: Susanna Pershern is an artist and underwater photographer for the Submerged Resources Center of the United States National Park Service. Pershern trained in the traditional photographic processes and several alternative photographic processes at Rockport College, Rockport, ME, (now, Maine Media College.)

Susanna has experience as a young artist counselor and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School. She’s looking forward to returning to Ely and we’re very happy to welcome her back!

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Oct
18
Fri
2019
Create a Blue Magnesite Necklace
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, October 18, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $10

For the look of turquoise without the expense, create a simple strand of blue magnesite with glass beads interspersed in the necklace to accent the variation in color of the stones. Several different styles of the stone will be available to fit differing tastes. This is a basic beading course and can easily be mastered by individuals with no previous beading experience.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort 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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Oct
19
Sat
2019
A Taste of Blacksmithing – Part 1
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 19, 201911:30 AM-3:30 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

This class is the most basic with the objective of creating a classic ‘S’ hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional ‘S’ hook. Basic forge safety and management will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to six students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores, under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate to wear working with coals and intense heat.

About the instructors: Chris Mueller and Phil Leino are both intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. They have both been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Chris was a professional Blacksmith for 25 years in East Tennessee where he completed major projects on 24 Houses and several furniture projects. He ‘tinkered’ with the art for 17 years before that and attended several advanced courses at John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, North Carolina in the late 1990’s.and early 2000’s.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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Oct
24
Thu
2019
Create Your Own Amber Beaded Necklace
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday, October 24, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $20

In this class you will create your own 18 to 24 inch natural Amber necklace. Amber is fossilized tree resin which possesses the look of hardened honey. It has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic time. It also is valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone. Amber has been used as a power in medicinal creams and is said to have healing powers when worn in a bracelet or necklace.

As a student, you will learn basic beading techniques as you select from a variety of amber beads, cultured pearls, stone beads and glass beads to create a beautiful, natural looking necklace that will compliment almost any outfit. In addition to learning basic beading techniques, students will learn about what cords and findings work best for various jewelry projects.

About the Instructor: Kay Vandervort 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 workshops 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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Oct
25
Fri
2019
Learn to Spin
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 9:00 pm

This is a two-day class. Note that each day has different times.

Friday, October 25, 2019 4:00pm – 9:00pmSaturday, October 26, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuition: $130 Materials: $25

Here’s a chance to try spinning on a wheel before buying your own. Many people, including Gandhi, found spinning to be a very meditative activity. You will learn how to turn wool fiber into yarn with the use of a spinning wheel. We will even play with hand spindles, wool prep and yarn finishing.

There will be several wheels available for spinning, and if you have a working wheel bring it along. You will leave class with your own hand spindle, wool fiber, and your own newly spun yarn.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been spinning since 1985 and enjoys teaching others. She has taught knitting classes at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and currently teaches at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

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Oct
26
Sat
2019
A Taste of Blacksmithing – Part 1
Oct 26 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, October 26, 201911:30 AM-3:30 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

This class is the most basic with the objective of creating a classic ‘S’ hook using basic blacksmithing techniques. Students will learn the proper color (temperature) to start forging, basic hammering techniques for elongating, bending and twisting metal and go home with a functional ‘S’ hook. Basic forge safety and management will be discussed.

The classes will be limited to six students. Students must bring protective, fire-resistant gloves, available at local hardware stores, under $10. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided but students should bring their own if they have them. Wear clothing appropriate to wear working with coals and intense heat.

About the instructors: Chris Mueller and Phil Leino are both intrigued by the process of taking a static material like iron and dynamically transforming it into something beautiful and useful. They have both been instrumental in getting the Folk School blacksmith shop up and running.

Chris was a professional Blacksmith for 25 years in East Tennessee where he completed major projects on 24 Houses and several furniture projects. He ‘tinkered’ with the art for 17 years before that and attended several advanced courses at John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown, North Carolina in the late 1990’s.and early 2000’s.

Phil grew up in Ely hearing stories about his blacksmith grandfather and working with his Dad fabricating metal tools. After graduating with a Masters in botany and PhD in plant sciences, he picked up more metalworking skills along the way, which he has put to use making equipment needed in his research, creating a functional forge at a high school in Idaho, and demonstrating blacksmithing at Living History Farms in Iowa. He donated the first forge for the Ely Folk School, which was the first step of our blacksmith program.

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Learn to Spin
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm

This is a two-day class. Note that each day has different times.

Friday, October 25, 2019 4:00pm – 9:00pmSaturday, October 26, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuition: $130 Materials: $25

Here’s a chance to try spinning on a wheel before buying your own. Many people, including Gandhi, found spinning to be a very meditative activity. You will learn how to turn wool fiber into yarn with the use of a spinning wheel. We will even play with hand spindles, wool prep and yarn finishing.

There will be several wheels available for spinning, and if you have a working wheel bring it along. You will leave class with your own hand spindle, wool fiber, and your own newly spun yarn.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been spinning since 1985 and enjoys teaching others. She has taught knitting classes at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and currently teaches at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

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Oct
29
Tue
2019
Voyageur Choir
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This class is a 4-week series:

Tuesdays: October 29, November 5, 12, and 195:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuition: $40 Materials: $3

Calling all history buffs, French speakers, and joyful noisemakers! Dip your paddle into the world of historic fur trade era French Voyageur paddling songs. Previous group singing experience would be helpful. Show up willing to learn a few new words in French. No performance or costume required.

About the instructors:

LynnAnne Vesper is a long-time fur trade history buff. She worked at the French Voyageur program at Concordia Language Villages and majored in French in college.

Bill Heldt is a former member of “Les Voyageur” singing ensemble from Northland College.

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Nov
2
Sat
2019
Create a New Jade Necklace
Nov 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, November 2, 20191:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials: $10

New Jade has the beautiful tones of olive and lime characteristic of Jade without the expense. Students will learn simple stringing techniques including what closures and cords to use for various projects. Students will then create a simple new jade necklace utilizing a at least two different types of the stone along with accent glass and metal beads to create interest.

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only 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 medium. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

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 in the past at the Ely Folk School.

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Nov
7
Thu
2019
Made to Fit: Custom-fitted Blouse
Nov 7 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, November 7, 201912:00 PM – 4:00 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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