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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched…
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
2 days
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Piece by Piece: Laminated Pizza Peels and Cutting Boards

Learn basic woodworking skills and create a beautiful useful piece at the same time in this introductory course. Using a variety of types of wood, from birch to maple to walnut and more, students will complete three projects: a practice piece, a butcher block-style cutting board and a pizza peel…
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
Mon, Dec 3rd, 2018  –  Tue, Dec 4th, 2018
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
Sat, Mar 9th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 10th, 2019
Instructor: Pat O'Connor
2 Days
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Pine Needle Basketry

Create a traditional coiled basket from locally harvested red pine needles. Starting with either a pliable birch bark base or an elegant agate base, you will work with a variation of the spiral stitch to form a basket with a distinct spiral pattern inside and out. Samples of pine needles…
Sat, Oct 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019
Instructor: Paula Sundet Wolf
2 days
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Post-and-Rung Stool Building

In this two day course each student will build a post-and-rung stool as we explore aspects of traditional chair making. On day one, students learn about splitting logs for stool pieces and how to shape stool parts using a shaving horse, drawknife, and spokeshave. On the second day, students use…
Sat, Mar 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
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12 Days
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Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram

Take this one-of-a-kind opportunity to build a custom-sized, traditionally built wooden lapstrake boat, originating in design and construction from the fjords and fishing villages of Norway and Sweden. Over 12 days, students will complete the Norse Pram, an inshore craft that makes an excellent tender or rowboat at the lake,…
Fri, Jan 4th, 2019  –  Fri, Jan 18th, 2019
Instructor: John Beltman
3 days
Rug hooking

Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 8th, 2019
Instructor: Carol Dunn
.5 days
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Quilting the North Woods: A Seasonal Block of the Month Quilt

North House and the north woods are full of inspiring colors and patterns for the quilter. Laura Ricketts has designed a nine block wall-hanging with thematic blocks, as well as a North House central block. This North Woods quilt class will focus on triangles: dealing with bias in fabric and…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
1½ Days
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Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket

UUnfortunately, traditional sheepskin blankets with a tanned leather back require that the sheep make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet it doesn't have to be so! Instructor Becky Utecht has developed a modern approach to an age-old craft. Using felting techniques, students in this course will start with an unwashed sheep fleece…
Sat, Jul 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Instructor: Becky Utecht
2 1/4 days
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Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket

An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow…
Fri, Sep 28th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 30th, 2018
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
Fri, May 3rd, 2019  –  Sun, May 5th, 2019
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
1 Day
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Reds, Reds, Reds: Natural Dyes

Reds have always been the color of passion! In this class we will explore nature’s passion with a variety of natural red dyes such as cochineal, lac, madder, quebracho, and amaranthus. We will extend our palette by overdying with indigo and fustic for a variety of purples and oranges. The…
Fri, Feb 15th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
1 Day
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Reinventing Rhubarb: Savory and Sweet

No one is on the fence about rhubarb. But rhubarb lovers don't mind the haters because that means more rhubarb for us! Still, even devotees can fall into a familiar pattern of pies, sauce and crisps. This class takes rhubarb in new directions -- as pickles, as a luscious curd,…
Sat, Jun 8th, 2019
Instructor: Kim Ode
2 days
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Remaking Sweaters into Warm, Colorful Garments

The sweater your mom made you years ago; the one you found at Goodwill but is way too small; the one you are tired of wearing; the one you accidently washed on a hot wash--any of these felted and cut and sewn together can be made into a beautiful skirt,…
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Os Style

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. The Os region in western coastal Norway is known for its fanciful flowers and bright colors, making it quite different from many of the other styles of rosemaling. In this course you'll…
Fri, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
Fri, Aug 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 18th, 2019
Instructors: Kim Garrett, Mary Schliep
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Shaded Telemark Style & Traditions

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and the Telemark region in southeastern Norway is known for the classic look of its painting with asymmetrical scrolls and varied placement of leaves and flowers. In this course you'll study and practice basic techniques of this traditional decorative painting style. Students will begin…
Fri, May 17th, 2019  –  Sun, May 19th, 2019
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Valdres-Style

Rosemaling is a decorative painting style which originated in Norway where it traditionally decorated churches, homes and farmhouse interiors. The Valdres style of rosemaling originated in the Valdres valley and is known for its strong floral motif. This course emphasizes the basic techniques of painting these traditional floral bouquets. Students…
Fri, Oct 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 21st, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett
Fri, Nov 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett