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Natural Dyes in the Steambox

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit…
Fri, Aug 3rd, 2018
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
Sun, Aug 26th, 2018
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
3 Days
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Natural Plant Dyes

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature's palette, by learning the complete subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is more than a craft, it's a fascinating and inexpensive hobby.…
Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
2¼ Days
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Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Tired of synthetic ‘fluff’? Clad your torso with the miracle fiber: wool. Learn the history of wool, why it works, and how to maximize its performance as clothing with outdoorwear designed by Kevin Kinney, owner of Empire Canvas Wear of Duluth. In this class you will learn the basics of…
Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 days; October Session: 2.5 days
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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Combine bead embroidery and needle felting to create a unique landscape “painting”. Learn the basics of both needle felting and bead embroidery in this two day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, we will create a simple needle…
Fri, Oct 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 14th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
1½ Days
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Net Making: The Carrying Sack

Nets aren’t just for catching fish! In this class you will learn an ancient technique to make a netted sack for everyday use. To make a net, you only need to learn to tie one knot. The craft of net making has remained unchanged for thousands of years, a universal…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Mercedes Tuma-Hansen
3 days
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Nomadic Felts: Rugs

In this class students will begin by traveling (in pictures and stories!) to Kyrgyzstan and discover how felt is used, why it is such an important textile for the people of Central Asia, and fill ourselves with inspiration! We will then get our own hands into the wool as everyone…
Fri, Jun 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 10th, 2018
Instructor: Mary Reichert
2 Days
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Nordic Herbals

Healing traditions, like all craft, reflect the landscape and stories of the people who create them. Explore Norse and Saami-inspired herbal medicine in this workshop based around the handcrafting of seven herbal medicines, each tethered to a particular story and made from northern plants. Rooted in her own Nordic ancestry,…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
1½ Days
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Northern Landscapes Photography

The countdown to the summer solstice snaps into mind at the beginning of June. It's a fresh time of the year when suddenly the world smells like summer. The stunning landscape of Cook County, with its miles of wilderness and incomparable Lake Superior views starts to come alive with incandescent…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Bryan Hansel
2 Days
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Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

The northwoods is full of beautiful, colorful material suitable for basketry: you just have to go out there and get it! Willow shoots, birch bark, tamarack bark, and willow bark are just a few of the options. In this class we will head out to a nearby location to identify,…
Sat, Jul 7th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 8th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Derke
2 Days
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Norwegian Knifemaking: Crafting the Everyday 'Hverdags' Knife

The “tollekniv” or whittling knife is a rich cultural tradition of Norway. In this class you will make a “hverdags kniv," a style of knife gets everyday use in the fields or forest. Women often like the “damekniv”, a smaller knife to use around the house. In this 2-day class…
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 11th, 2018
Instructor: Gene Tokheim
2 Days
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Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger

In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition. Hardanger embroidery is a traditional Scandinavian handwork, enjoyed and practiced for hundreds of years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger…
Sat, Jul 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Lori Zimmerman
4 days
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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Learn to turn on both the power and pole lathes and explore the historical continuum of bowl turning in this unique course offering. Students will move back and forth between the foot-powered pole lathe and modern electric lathe to delve deeply into a study of old world Norwegian ale bowls.…
Thu, Nov 8th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
1.25 days
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Old World Breads

Trace the history of your morning toast back to Ancient Egypt and learn to bake bread as it was before commercial yeast and steam-injection convection ovens. Learn the basics of baking artisan breads with a strong emphasis on traditional methods, including ingredient selection, techniques for leavening and methods of baking.…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 19th, 2018
Instructor: Caleb Mattison
2 1/2 days
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On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting

If you’ve ever picked up a rough stone and wondered what’s inside, it’s time to try your hand at the magic of stone cutting! Veteran goldsmith and stone cutter extraordinaire Michael Seiler will lead students through the process of cutting, finishing, and polishing a variety of agates ­- perfect for…
Fri, Jul 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Michael Seiler
3½ Days
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Outdoor Timbered Benches

A sturdy, timbered outdoor bench will invite years of use and is perfect for long conversations, a short break from walking or simply watching the world go by. This unique bench design borrows joinery common to timber-frame construction and utilizes rough cut, sustainably harvested white pine timbers. It’s beautiful, comfortable…
Sat, Jun 30th, 2018  –  Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich