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Knitting the Night Sky: The Borealis Hat

Let the colors of the Northern Aurora Borealis sky inspire this delightful winter hat knit with traditional Icelandic wool. It is an intriguing design using Scandinavian stranded knitting techniques, corrugated rib and optional fanciful hat toppers that make every hat as unique and magical as the winter night sky and…
Fri, Oct 23rd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
Day 1: 4 - 6pm; Day 2: 9am - 5pm; Day 3: 9am - noon
Instructor: Annie Albertson
4 days
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Knotted Cattail Totes

Why “knot” use cattail leaves to make a handy tote bag? These abundant and easy-to-harvest materials are very flexible, making them a great material for knotted basketry. In this four-day class, students will construct a tote bag of natural materials including cattail leaves, willow bark, iris leaves and sweetgrass. The course…
Thu, Aug 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
2½ Days
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Lost Wax Casting: Sterling Silver Rings

Rings on fingers have been around since the beginning of civilization. Egyptian and Greek legend place the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand, because of a belief that the vein of that finger traveled directly from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Aug 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Aug 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 30th, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Oct 30th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
1 Day
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Mushroom Identification

Late summer brings on a plethora of mushrooms, and the North Shore and Superior National Forest are great places to see myriad species. From the fairytale Amanita to the mysterious Lobster mushroom to the unusual Ramaria species, there’s no shortage of beauties to find and identify. Michael Karns, a certified…
Sat, Aug 22nd, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructor: Michael Karns
2 Days
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Natural Botanicals: Wild Medicine Workshop

Explore nature-based green medicines in this intensive botanical class. You’ll discover a bounty of foods and plants to use during the seasons and cycles of plant life to create your very own natural medicine kit, including over 30 botanical and herbal mixes and applications. The course tailors to individual needs…
Sat, Aug 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
1 Day
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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam 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 about the…
Sat, Sep 12th, 2020
9am-4pm
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
0.25 Days
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Needle Felted Critters: Online Course

Needle felting is fun and therapeutic...and who doesn’t have a little frustration to work through in a creative and positive way these days? In this virtual class with fiber arts instructor Laura Berlage, we will mail you a kit with all the supplies you need (just bring a scissors), including…
Thu, Jul 16th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Aug 6th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Aug 13th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Aug 20th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
Thu, Aug 27th, 2020
2pm-5pm
Instructor: Laura Berlage
2 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,” while learning the basics of both in this two-day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, you will create a simple needle-felted wool background fabric. Then, you…
Sat, Jul 18th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
2 Days
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Nordic Herbals

Healing traditions, like all crafts, reflect the landscape and stories of the people who create them. Explore Norse and Sami-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,…
Wed, Nov 18th, 2020  –  Thu, Nov 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Gigi Stafne
0.25 Days
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Nordiska Kakor: Nordic Cookies Online Course

Tradition holds that any self-respective Nordic homemaker would always have seven different types of cookies on hand to offer guests. We’d settle for a couple! But in the spirit of the north, we’ll bake four types treats, guided in part by Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson’s “the Nordic Baking Book.” We’ll…
Sun, Jul 26th, 2020
9am-12pm CST
Instructor: Kim Ode
4 Days
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Old World Ale Bowls: Pole and Power Lathe Turning

Learn to turn on both 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. This…
Sun, Nov 15th, 2020  –  Wed, Nov 18th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Roger Abrahamson
1.5 Days
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Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket

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 and…
Fri, Jul 24th, 2020  –  Sat, Jul 25th, 2020
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Becky Utecht
2.5 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 strikingly red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow…
Tue, Sep 22nd, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Days 2 & 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Tina Fung Holder
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Beginning Hallingdal

The bold and colorful Hallingdal rosemaling is an excellent style for the beginning rosemaler. Students will learn the basic brush strokes and hand techniques and color mixing for painting Hallingdal scrolls and flowers. Additional instruction will be provided for those wishing to create their own designs. Emphasis will be on…
Fri, Sep 4th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 6th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Kristine Myhre Barton
3 Days
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Rosemaling: Choose Your Own Telemark, Valdres or Unfinished Object Adventure

Rosemaling means "rose painting" in Norwegian, and is done in many styles reflective of specific regions in Norway. In this course, participants will be able to choose whether they wish to begin a project in the Telemark or Valdres style (beginners welcome in either style) or bring an unfinished object…
Fri, Nov 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Mary Schliep, Kim Garrett