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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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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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Needle Felt a Cardinal: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

November 12th, 2021

$76 More Info

Friday, November 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before November 2nd in order to receive supplies prior to the class. 

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little cardinal. Cardinals are a common sight around the Northwoods in November! We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two cardinals, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Felted Crochet Wool Rug: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

November 13th, 2021

$247 More Info

Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $85   Materials: $145  Shipping: $17

Registration closes on November 3rd.

Have you ever accidentally felted something in the wash—oops! Or have you seen felted knits and wondered if you could do that with crochet?  This class not only unlocks the process and tricks for felted crochet but also lets you felt in the wash and by hand on purpose to make a beautiful, durable wool rug. And guess what, you can machine wash that rug later, for happy bare feet for years to come! If you know how to make chain and single crochet stitches, you’ll be good to go. And I guarantee that one you get the knack for it, you’re stash of odds-and-ends wool yarn will soon be put to use making more. If you want to bring some of that stash to our Zoom class, I’m happy to help coach you and what would or would not work well for incorporating into your rug.

Approximate finished project dimensions:  23 x 32 inches. (Unfelted dimensions about 29 x 37 inches) 

Students will receive a supply kit in the mail prior to class. Here's what is included: 

  • Adequate yardage of your color choice wool from our farm’s sheep and Icelandic lopi (4 skeins lopi, 3 skeins colored wool)
  • Written pattern and felting instructions
  • Access to video tutorials of me demonstrating the key steps in the process, for review or in case you have any troubles using Zoom

This is what you would need to have on hand for completing the project:

  • Size N crochet hook (yup, it’s big)
  • Tapestry needle for burying ends (if you like that technique)
  • A washer and dryer (if you choose to use a laundromat, that’s fine, just repeat the steps you learn for this part when it works for you)
  • Non-detergent bar soap (for hand-felting, doesn’t need to be much)
  • A utility sink (a bath tub or large bin could also work if you don’t mind kneeling)
  • A couple older beach or bath towels
  • A space to block your rug that is water-resistant (this could be the top of a chest freezer, a tile floor, or a table covered in plastic)

Students can choose from four color schemes: Autumn Orange; Forest Green; Bayside Blue; and Frosted Purple. Upon registration, you will receive an email with photos of each option. 

Contact us prior to registration if you would like to use your own yarn and colors. You will need 440 yards of a coarse lopi and 440 yards of colored, wool yarn of your choice. 

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Live Online in Two Parts: Bulk Individual Pot Pies

with Lacey Squier

December 2nd, 2021

$48 More Info

Thursday, December 2, 7pm - 9pm: Preparing homemade filling & pie crust
Saturday, December 4, 10am - 12pm: Assembling & wrapping pot pies
(Note: times are approximate)

Tuition: $48

Each participant will make ~8 5-inch chicken pot pies

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to 1) save and freeze leftover Thanksgiving turkey or make and store a whole ~4lb chicken, and 2) to make homemade stock in advance of the class. Recipes and instructions for cooking a whole chicken and making homemade stock will be provided. Participants may opt to purchase or prepare poultry and stock as they see fit. 

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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Needle Felt a Snowy Owl: Live Online

with Laura Berlage

December 10th, 2021

$76 More Info

Friday, December 10, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $36   Materials: $25  Shipping: $15

Register before December 1st in order to receive supplies prior to the class. The snowy owl is the cute guy in the center of the photo.

Needle felting is fun! Learn to transform hand-dyed wool from the instructor’s flock of sheep into your very own adorable little snowy owl. We will mail you the materials ahead of time, then Laura will take you step-by-step through the process via Zoom. No previous experience is necessary.

The materials kit comes with enough wool to make two owls, so you can perfect your technique on the second one after class. All you need to complete the project is a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a pair of scissors. Everything else is included! Experience the magic of needle felting or learn some new tips to add to your growing skillset.

Needle felting can feel especially therapeutic, as we repeatedly stab the wool with our barbed needles while creating a cute, wooly friend in the process. Join us for this welcoming online class!

A full kit will be mailed to each student, complete with the wool, foam work surface, needle, eye beads, and other necessary pieces. Students will also receive in the kit a welcome letter with notes on using Zoom as well as a link and password to a pre-recorded version of the class if they find this resource additionally helpful.

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

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Learn to Make Leiden: Live Online

with Gary Colles

December 9th, 2021

$40 More Info

Thursday, December 9, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40

December's Cheese of the Month is Leiden! 

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

Leiden is a uniquely rich cheese, that is both buttery and fragrant. 

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.