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Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat

A blanket coat made from a Hudson Bay-style blanket is an inspiring and distinctive example of style and craft. In this skill-building workshop, students will gain the patterning, fitting, and sewing skills they need to create their own unique blanket coat. Made from new or recycled wool blankets, these coats…
Thu, Nov 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
4 Days
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Capturing Pebbles: A New Approach to North Shore Pebble Jewelry

Pockets full of pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior? Ready to turn them into jewelry? Pebble drilling has long been a popular course at North House, but not all pebbles are meant to be drilled. In this four day class, students will learn several different ways to capture and…
Fri, Oct 4th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Beth Gautsch
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 spend some time sketching ideas and discussing execution, working from a few…
Sat, Jul 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
4 Days
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Deerskin Mittens with Anishinaabe-Style Beadwork

Up north, there's a saying that there's no bad weather, just the wrong clothes. In this course, you'll outfit your hands to protect them from the elements by designing a comfortable and warm pair of deerskin mittens to wear during the winter months. The mittens are ideal for daily wear,…
Thu, Oct 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
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, non-breathing 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 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
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, Oct 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 27th, 2019
Day 1: 3-7pm; Days 2 and 3: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
4 Days
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Expressive Pebble Jewelry Fabrication

Walk along the shores of Lake Superior and it’s hard not to pick up pebbles that catch the eye. Turn your favorites into a wearable piece of art in this intermediate level jewelry course. Students will learn cold connection construction, starting with some simple projects and then designing their own…
Sat, Oct 12th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 15th, 2019
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Meredith Middleton
4 Days
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Fundamentals of North Shore Pebble Jewelry

Have you ever collected perfectly smooth, round pebbles from the shores of Lake Superior or other places in the world and then wondered what to do with them? This course offers the perfect solution. Students will spend an hour or so the first day gathering pebbles and then will use…
Thu, Aug 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Meredith Middleton
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…
Sat, Nov 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 3rd, 2019
9am-5pm
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 traveled directly from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 25th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Sat, Oct 5th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
4 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 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
9am-4:30pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
1½ Days
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Sámi-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment

For centuries, the circum-polar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Sámi people and their designs.…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
1 Day
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Sámi-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Sámi, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Sámi adornment incorporates elements of their northern landscape—softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this course you’ll…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1 Day
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Sámi-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation

Expand on your Sámi 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 Sámi bracelet class and want to experiment with different braiding combinations this…
Thu, Sep 12th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
3¼ Days
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Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirt

It works! Sew your own Scandinavian work shirt, designed for comfort and for your favorite outdoor activities. Learn a lifelong skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. Traditional shirts in the Scandinavian countries are great for layering and designed for outdoor life. Natural fiber striped fabrics of…
Thu, Sep 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn