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Friday, October 22, 2021  
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Tuition: $35  Materials: $20

Xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, are the queen of the dumplings. Not dumplings in soup, but soup inside of a dumpling -- xiao long bao are difficult to make, but well worth the challenge! Join Lacey in making dumpling dough and wrapping dumplings to take home and enjoy. Registrants will also see a demonstration of how to prepare the jellied stock that is the ‘secret’ to getting the soup into the dumpling.

The materials fee covers all ingredients and equipment for students. Students may wish to bring their favorite apron and a tupperware to bring their dumplings home. 

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a few of these tasty dumplings together, pending the status of the Covid19 pandemic at the time of the class.

About the Instructor: Lacey Squier loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!

When not experimenting with food at home (and making a huge mess of her kitchen), Lacey likes to take walks or go on a hike with her spouse, Eric, and their dog Wendell. Lacey serves as Chair of the Ely Folk School Board.  

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Snowshoe Lacing Workshop

with Peta Barrett

$320 More Info

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 22-24, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM 

Tuition: $198    Materials: $122

Registration closes on October 10th to allow time for shipment of Country Ways snowshoe kits. Thank you!

When the magic sparkle of snow entices you to explore the winter lakes and woods, your hand-laced Ojibwa-style snowshoes will grant you the freedom to get there in style. This class begins with a Minnesota-made Country Ways kit that includes white-ash frames, tubular nylon lacing rated at 1,400 pound stress load, and an instruction booklet. Included in your kit will be a traditional lamp wick binding to try after you finish your ‘shoes at home with 3 coats of urethane. You’ll receive hands-on instruction every step of the way as you measure & cut your lacing material, then lace your snowshoes. 

Students should bring a pencil, Bic lighter, ruler, and sharp scissors or a knife. A wood burning tool will be provided should anyone wish to add a simple phrase, date, or design to their frame. You may also wish to bring your own water and snack, or a bag lunch.

On the final day of class, Peta will discuss and provide handouts with information/resources for the varnishing process, attaching the lamp wick binding, and choosing between the many styles of bindings available on the market, if you’d like a more ‘modern’ style to suit your needs.

About the Instructor: Peta Barrett is an avid outdoorswoman with 25+ years of wilderness trail experience leading groups in the BWCAW in all seasons, currently through her business, Women's Wilderness Discovery. She has had a life-long appreciation for the outdoors! Born and raised Minnesotan, she has always hunted, fished, camped, hiked, biked, paddled, and explored the outdoors. 

 

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Stained Glass: Next Steps

with Betty Firth

$184 More Info

Mondays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15 2021
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $144  Materials: $40

This class has four sessions over four weeks.

Thanks to a generous grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, half the seats in this class will be offered at no charge to area youth (16-22). If this describes you, please call the Ely Folk School to inquire about a potential seat.

The age-old craft of stained glass continues to fascinate and delight us today. This class is open to students who have taken the Intro to Stained Glass class or have had previous experience working with stained glass. You can choose projects from design options or bring your own design and learn how to turn it into a pattern that will work. You will have an opportunity to practice and improve basic skills and learn techniques to improve your glass cutting, copper foiling, soldering, and assembling. Basic techniques of using lead or zinc came with your designs will be introduced. Came is the channel used to form the framework for your piece. Instruction will be individualized based on students’ experience and skills.

The materials fee will cover one piece approximately 12” x 12” or two smaller pieces. Additional glass and materials are available for purchase for more or larger pieces.

About the instructor: Betty Firth loves an abundance of colors and light and surrounds herself with as much of each whenever she can. Stained glass combines the beauty of both with unending, delightful possibilities. Betty has also indulged her love of color and craft working with pottery, fabric collages, weaving, beading, and watercolor painting.

Betty has taught many subjects to students from six years old to 90 and always enjoys the opportunity to open up new worlds to students.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature's general and arts and cultural heritage funds.

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Knit Matleena Mittens: Live Online

with Laura Ricketts

October 30th, 2021

$55 More Info

Saturdays, October 30 and November 6, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

Tuition: $55

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people. This class will focus on the Skolt Sami, whose traditional homeland lies at the junction of Norway, Finland, and Russia. Written by your teacher and featured in the Jan/Feb 2018 historical knitting edition of PieceWork magazine, the Matleena mittens are a wonderful work of Skolt Sami knitting by a master artisan, Matleena Fofonoff. Join us in knitting the mittens and learning more about the symbolic, Skolt patterns as we examine their rich tradition in wool.

Skill Level: Intermediate. Basic knitting skills (knit, purl) knitting in the round and stranding experience

What to Bring
:Worsted weight, wool yarn — approximately 25g each in two accent colors and 100g of a main color (natural); needles to achieve a gauge of 5sts/in on US 5 / 3.75 mm needles or size to achieve gauge. I recommend the yarn Rauma Vams PT3. 

About the Instructor: Laura Ricketts lives in Indiana. She loves to play with color and design, and the knittingof the Sámi peoples in northern Scandinavia fits that bill while exciting her historically and culturally. She knits, crochets, spins, quilts, cross stitches, and has just startedweaving and making bobbin lace. She has lectured and taught at Finnfest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum, ASI, and the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. In between writing articles and patterns, she calls her three kids and tries to force meaningful time. 

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Sustainable Living

with Andy Hill

November 3rd, 2021

Free More Info

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
6:00 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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Build and Decorate a Bowl

with Lyn Reed

November 4th, 2021

$75 More Info

Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $15

Do you want to create your own dishware, but feel daunted by the process of learning how to throw clay? Learn to create a ceramic bowl with Lyn Reed. This class consists of two sessions, first creating a bowl using hand building techniques. Lyn will give you tips for how to best shape your bowl. In between sessions, your new bowl will be bisque-fired. It will now be ready for glazing! At the second session, you will play with a variety of glazes and decorate your bowl to your pleasing. Your bowl may be collected the following week after it has been fired for the final time. All bowls made will be dishwasher and microwave safe.  

What an accomplishment!  To make a bowl out of clay, decorate it, glaze it, and then be able to eat anything you like, soup, cereal or ice cream out of it. Don’t miss this fun opportunity! No experience required.

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature. Lyn creates her work in varying series, each is created by a particular inspiration. The inspiration for these projects can vary from organic seed pods of the eucalyptus tree, to the skin textures from an Australian water dragon. After combining processes from ancient peoples and drawing inspiration from nature and her own life experiences, she tries to make each pot a unique form.

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Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

with Garden and Positive Produce Club at VCC

November 5th, 2021

$15 More Info

Friday, November 5, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Tuition: $15

Join the Ely Folk School and Vermillion Community College Garden and Produce Club for a monthly cooking class. The class topic will vary each month based on what produce is available. 

This month we will be making dark chocolate beet brownies! A tried and true recipe, we will explore this delicious, healthy, and garden grown recipe! 

This series focuses on reducing food waste and finding ways to be sustainable with grocery and cooking choices. Join us on the third Friday of the month to explore ways to best utilize your fresh produce!

About the Facilitator: The Garden and Positive Produce Club at Vermillion Community College is a new club focusing on growing sustainable food and reducing food waste. 

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Scandinavian Christmas Hearts: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Tuition: $42

Learn how to paint Traditional Scandinavian Heart Ornaments. In this class we will learn how to make the heart designs, prepare the wooden ornaments for painting and paint our heart ornaments. This class will be taught using acrylic paints but oil painters are welcome.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the afternoon's Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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Scandinavian Heart Dala Horse Ornament: Live Online

with Kim Garrett

November 6th, 2021

$42 More Info

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $42

Come and paint a Scandinavian Heart Ornament with a Dala Horse added for extra fun. In this class we'll learn how to make the design, prepare the ornament for painting and use acrylic paint to make our ornaments.

Make it a day of painting fun and join the morning's Scandinavian Heart Ornament class with Kim! 

Students will receive a list of supplies needed upon registration.

About the Instructor: Kim Garrett has been painting Scandinavian folk art in the Norwegian Rosemaling and Swedish Dalmålning styles for about 14 years. Kim has traveled to Scandinavia several times to learn her craft from expert folk artists there. She has been teaching for 8 years throughout the Midwest. 

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Glaze a Hand-built Bowl

with Lyn Reed

November 11th, 2021

$50 More Info

Thursday, November 11, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $35  Materials: $15

Do you want to create your own dishware, but feel daunted by the process of learning how to throw clay? In this class, you will have the opportunity to play with glazes and decorate a bowl to take home. Instructor Lyn Reed will offer you a choice of her bisque-fired bowls. Your bowl may be collected the following week after it has been fired for the final time. All bowls made will be dishwasher and microwave safe.  

Don’t miss this fun opportunity! No experience required.

Note that this is in conjunction with another class, in which you would make the bowl the previous Thursday. We are offering the option to sign up only for the glazing class. If you signed up for the full "Build and Decorate a Bowl" class, you should not sign up for this. 

About the Instructor: Lyn Reed is a lifelong teacher and learner. She has been an art educator for over 35 years. In her personal work, Lyn specializes in pottery. Lyn’s work also reflects the flora and fauna of her homeland, often carving her vessels with shapes and textures inspired by nature. Lyn creates her work in varying series, each is created by a particular inspiration. The inspiration for these projects can vary from organic seed pods of the eucalyptus tree, to the skin textures from an Australian water dragon. After combining processes from ancient peoples and drawing inspiration from nature and her own life experiences, she tries to make each pot a unique form.