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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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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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