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Printing with Gelli Plates

with Cecilia Rolando

December 9th, 2021

$45 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30 Materials: $15

This exciting class involves use of Gelli printing plates to createprints on a variety of papers. These can be used as they are or for collage purposes. Gelli printing involves using a reusable gelatin plate to press textured patterns onto fabric and paper. The opportunities for exploration and creativity are endless! 

Please bring your own Gelli plate, if you have one. If you have specific stampers and a brayer you like to use, you're welcome to bring that as well.

About the Instructor: Area artist Cecilia Rolando returns to the Ely Folk School to teach a series of classes of art techniques that interest her.

She will focus on Gelli plate printing for this class, with the emphasis, as always, on allowing the students to use their own creativity in applying the information she provides regarding the techniques involved.

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A Quiltmaker’s Journey: A Trunk Show and Lecture

with Helen Smith Stone

November 13th, 2021

$20 More Info

Saturday, November 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Helen has been a quiltmaker for over 40 years and is passionate about her art form. In this one-hour Lecture/Trunk Show, you will hear what inspired Helen to become a quilter, see how her quiltmaking style has changed over the years, and learn who has influenced her work and why. While showing 20-25 quilts, Helen will share some of her proudest achievements as well as some of her challenges along this creative journey. She hopes to inspire you to become a quiltmaker, too; or, if you already make quilts, to try some new techniques. Be sure to stay until the end of her Trunk Show so you can see the quilts up close and ask questions.

About Helen Smith Stone: Helen is the founder/owner of Quilting on the Waterfront (QTW), a small business that focuses on providing education to quiltmakers ~ machine piecing, machine quilting, and art quilting techniques. She especially enjoys teaching “beginner” quilters, helping them get off to a good start.

Helen’s first experience with needles and thread was at the age of eight when her mother taught her hand-embroidery. Later, she became interested in sewing machines, and her journey of working with fabric and thread began. Home Economics, 4-H classes, and good teachers propelled Helen forward into first sewing doll clothes and later making clothing for herself. But, when she saw her grandmother’s collection of quilts, she was smitten! “I knew then what I wanted to learn – how to create quilts!” Many years later, she made her first quilt – a baby quilt for her son. From there, quiltmaking became Helen’s passion and art form. She has been making quilts for over 40 years.

An award-winning quilter, Helen presented a quilt show/conference (Quilting on the Waterfront) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in 2002, 2004, and 2006, bringing in over 6,000 attendees each year. She continued to produce smaller quilt shows at The Inn on Lake Superior-Duluth until 2012. She enjoys teaching and sharing her quilts through Trunk Shows, workshops, and special exhibits.

Helen’s work has been published in Joanne Larsen Line’s books: Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift, and More Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift. She has also been featured in a machine quilting book by Sue Nickels, Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques; in a paper-piecing book by Claudia Clark Myers of Duluth, A Passion for Piecing; and in three QuiltArt Engagement Calendars by American Quilters Society (AQS).

In 2001, Helen started a quilt guild to help educate and inspire new and experienced quilters and to encourage the making and donating of quilts to local charitable organizations. Northern Lights Machine Quilters Guild (NLMQG) is based in Duluth and has 70 members.

Helen worked in the education profession for over 35 years: The Marshall School, Duluth Public Schools, KUMD-Public Radio, WDSE-Public TV, and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). She participates in a variety of online classes and strongly believes in lifelong learning. One of her favorite quotes is: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching. - Author unknown

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Learn to Make Sage Derby: Live Online

with Gary Colles

November 11th, 2021

$40 More Info

Thursday, November 11, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

November's Cheese of the Month is Sage Derby! 

Join Master Cheesemaker Gary Colles and the Ely Folk School as we make a new cheese from scratch each month. 

Have you ever heard anyone say that the moon is made of green cheese?Well, that may or may not be true, but this green cheese sure is dreamy. Sage Derby used to be made only at harvest time and for holidays and special celebrations, but these days, thanks to its popularity, it is available year round. This cheese includes sage leaves, originally used for its supposed medical properties. 

Join us in the rewarding practice of making cheese from scratch under excellent tutelage with fine company. You will certainly learn something new and although you will not leave the Zoom class with a final product, the end results will wow you! 

You will receive the recipe and the supplies list with ample time prior to class. Please be sure to fully read the ingredients list and reach out with questions on where to find any lesser-known ingredients. After class, your cheese will require additional care prior to consumption. 

About the Instructor: Gary Colles has been making artisan cheese for nineteen years. Beginning with teaching in Michigan where he and his wife live, he has added North Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Minnesota. He has worked and trained with Glengarry Cheese Company in Canada, New England Cheese Making Company, and Farmstead Cheese Making. He is always reading more on cheese making, and his reference library now has fifty books on cheese.  

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Homemade Beeswax Wraps

with Sarah Elkins

December 16th, 2021

$34 More Info

Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuition: $24  Materials: $10

Learn how to make homemade beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are not only an environmentally conscious choice compared to plastic wrap but will also save you money on single use plastics. Students will leave class with 8-10 wraps (depending on size) and a recipe to make more wraps at home. Not only are beeswax wraps a great addition to your kitchen, but they make great gifts.

Students must also bring 1 yard of 100% cotton fabric of their choice. Fabric must be washed.

About the Instructor, Sarah Elkins: I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I have always had a fascination in handmade goods and enjoy learning and experimenting with different techniques and media. I am primarily self taught and through my creative journey I have learned that the aspect of crafting and creating I love the most is seeing the unique individuality different people bring to a project. Because of this I emphasize individuality and creativity in my classes.

Although I dabble in many areas, I focus my time on crochet, embroidery, and papermaking. I am the owner and primary creator of Corduroy Cat Studios, a home goods and stationery business.

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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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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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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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Meat Raffle at Zaverl’s

November 12th, 2021

Free More Info

Join the Ely Folk School for a Meat Raffled hosted at Zaverl's Bar! 

Trays of meat from Zup's will be auctioned off every 20 minutes. Raffle tickets cost $2. Cuts of beef, pork, and some fish and shrimp will be available. Fresh Vine Wine gift boxes will be included in the auction. Live music to follow. 

No registration required. 

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Wearable Art: Embroidered Patches

with Nora Rickey

November 13th, 2021

$46 More Info

Saturday, November 13, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Tuition: $36  Materials: $10

We will begin the workshop by examining different kinds/styles of patches and how they’re worn, as well as popular history around how patches have been used. Students will learn different stitches that translate well into creating small pieces of wearable art. They will be able to workshop ideas and messages that will be created within small boundaries. 

The $10 materials fee includes all you will need for the workshop and your patches. You'll recieve an embroidery hoop, size 5 embroidery needles, fabric, and embroidery floss in a variety of colors. You are welcome to bring examples of patches that inspire you! 

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Using Your Smart Phone for Art

with Cecilia Rolando

November 18th, 2021

$25 More Info

Thursday, November 18, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $25
You must bring a smart phone with the ability to download apps.

Have you ever seen digital art and wondered how it is made? Come learn how! This class involves use of a smart phone and various apps to create art. There is a whole world of apps out there that facilitate creativity and beautiful artwork. 

Cecilia will also show you a variety of methods to import your artwork and use it in conjunction with the phone or your computer.

About the Instructor: Area artist Cecilia Rolando returns to the Ely Folk School to teach a series of classes of art techniques that interest her.

She will focus on digitial art for this class,with the emphasis, as always, on allowing the students to use their own creativity in applying the information she provides regarding the techniques involved.