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Currently Scheduled Clothing & Jewelry Courses

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Beginning Millinery & Haberdashery: The Blocked Felt Hat

Minnesota's history is interwoven with the history of hat-making. Europe's hunger for beaver felt top hats drove the voyageurs into the heart of fur country. Most of the fur traded at Grand Portage eventually became felt hats. There is no softer, warmer or more pliant fiber as fur-felt. We will…
Sat, Nov 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Moe
2 Days
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Custom Leather Sandal Construction

A pair of sandals that fits just right is a highly prized possession—and all the better if they are attractive and one-of-a-kind. Create a pair of custom hand-stitched leather sandals to enjoy for years to come. Students will sketch ideas and discuss execution, working from a few basic designs the…
Sat, Jul 1st, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
2½ Days
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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows…
Fri, Nov 10th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 12th, 2017
Instructor: Jo Wood
2½ Days
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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks Up the Gunflint Trail

North House is pleased to announce an opportunity to experience the rich ecological beauty and cultural history of the Gunflint Trail AND immerse in the traditional northern craft of mukluk making. This session of Expedition Footwear: Making Mukluks will be taught by long-time North House instructor Jo Wood at Gunflint…
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Jo Wood
1 day
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Hand-sewn Leather Hat

Hang on to your hat! This course moves fast: start by custom fitting a pattern to fit your head, then pick from a variety of leather colors, and finally cut and stitch the pieces together. By the end of the day, you’ll have an understanding of some of the elements…
Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
2 days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers

Forget about stepping out of bed onto cold floors on wintery mornings—these hand-crafted cozy slippers will keep your feet toasty all year long. Sew your own custom pair of leather slippers, lined with soft fur and finished with non-slip soles to make them perfect house shoes. Leatherworking and shoemaking techniques…
Sat, Nov 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
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 directly traveled from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
3 Days
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Moccasin-Making & Bead Embroidery in the Aniishiinaabe Style

Discover the designs, color, styles and technique of traditional bead embroidery as you work with Ojibwe cultural specialist and Grand Portage band member Marcie McIntire, sewing and decorating a pair of moccasins in this course co-sponsored by the Grand Portage National Monument. The course begins with an overview of the…
Thu, Sep 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 10th, 2017
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
3 Days
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Nålbinding Mittens

Nålbinding, similar to but far older than knitting or crochet, is a way to make a looped-structure fabric with a single needle. Nålbound mittens are valued for warmth and practicality and in this workshop you'll learn nålbinding, as well as the basics of shaping a Scandinavian-style "work" mitten. A variety…
Thu, Sep 14th, 2017  –  Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
5 Days
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Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft

Discover the textile craft tradition known as nålbinding and explore its Scandinavian roots. As a course project, students choose to create their own pair of mittens, socks, or a syltemjölkskopp – a “milk strainer” cap. Or draw from tradition to inspire a project of your own design in consultation with…
Tue, Nov 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Nov 11th, 2017
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
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…
Wed, Nov 15th, 2017  –  Fri, Nov 17th, 2017
Instructor: Carol Colburn
5 Days
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North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience

A North Shore favorite returns! Meredith Middleton, taking the reins for the retiring longtime instructor Molly Sharp, will offer an extended version of this popular course. The five day immersive experience will allow students to create a number of pieces, or work on more complicated projects. If you've ever collected…
Wed, Oct 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
3 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 7th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 9th, 2017
Instructor: Michael Seiler
Mon, Jul 10th, 2017  –  Wed, Jul 12th, 2017
Instructor: Michael Seiler
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this…
Fri, Jul 7th, 2017
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Mon, Jul 10th, 2017
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Wed, Sep 13th, 2017
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation

Expand on your Saami bracelet skills! In this class we will create a wide multi braided bracelet with a variety of intricate braids and coils using traditional spooled pewter coil. If you loved the single braid style of the Saami bracelet class and want to experiment with different braiding combinations…
Thu, Sep 14th, 2017
Instructor: Liz Bucheit