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Handwoven Wool Tote Bag

Course Overview

Design, weave, and sew your own custom wool tote bag, perfect for all of your north woods adventures. You’ll create a custom bag approximately 15” x 15” x 3”, woven with a basic twill structure. After designing and weaving their wool yardage, students will gain experience fulling their wool cloth to create a sturdy fabric for their tote bag construction. Students will also gain experience sewing with handwoven fabric. Bags will be lined with material purchased by the student, and handles will be sewn from the liner material, or optional leather handles can be purchased from the instructor for an additional fee of $20. There will be numerous options for customizing your creation, including the size, color, pattern choices, addition of pockets, straps/handles, etc. Students should have beginner-level experience warping a floor loom and weaving. Some sewing experience will also be helpful.

Students will need to register by January 1 in order to ensure their preferred yarn color selection. There will be several colorways from which to choose, and there will be additional colors available during class. Once registered, the instructor will contact students regarding the available color choices.

North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. As recommended by our HVAC consultants, we have increased air ventilation and installed an air filtration system. We perform extra cleaning of campus and are keeping class sizes small in our largest classrooms. Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.


Thu, Jan 28th, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 31st, 2021

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $410.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Dec 17th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $70.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • 1 yard liner fabric – quilting cotton weight or similar, and matching thread. Please wash the fabric to preshrink it, and press the fabric.
  • Large bath towel
  • Colored pencils
  • Pins and pin cushion/magnet
  • See-Thru Clear Plastic Ruler (for sewing)
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Fabric marking pencil or pen
  • Fabric cutting scissors 
  • Seam ripper

Note - If you cannot find some of the tools listed don’t worry – there will be some extra of all of these tools provided in the classroom to share.

Optional Tools

  • Sewing machines – If you own a portable sewing machine, bring it to class. Please test it before coming to class to know that it is in working order. Bring bobbins to fit your machine. We will be sewing very simple straight seams. If you do not own a sewing machine that you can bring, North House has a few machines. You will be welcome to use them and will be given basic instruction for their use.
  • Travel Iron/travel press board
  • Press cloth

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Dec 17th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.