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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 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Moe
1/2 Day
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Buttoned Up: Make Your Own Ceramic Buttons

Plastic buttons that fall off too easily really pushing your buttons? Time to take matters into your own hands and create and design your own durable stoneware ceramic buttons from wet clay. The perfect finishing touch to a handmade garment or a great way to personalize a beloved item, ceramic…
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 12th, 2018
Instructor: Melissa Wickwire
3 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 three-day class, students will learn several different ways to capture and display…
Sat, Oct 6th, 2018  –  Mon, Oct 8th, 2018
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 sketch ideas and discuss execution, working from a few basic designs the…
Sat, Jun 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 10th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
4 Days
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Deerskin Mittens with Aniishiinaabe-Style Beadwork

Up north, there's a saying that there's no bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Outfit yourself with the right sort of clothing to protect your body from the elements in this course, in which you will design a comfortable and warm pair of deerskin mittens to wear during the winter…
Thu, Nov 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
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 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 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
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 2nd, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
2 Days
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Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers or short boot liners. Using the ancient no-knitting wet felting technique, you will make a cozy, warm pair of slippers or boot liners. The craft hasn’t changed in centuries except we now can choose plastic instead of animal skins and soap…
Fri, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 6th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 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…
Wed, Sep 26th, 2018  –  Fri, Sep 28th, 2018
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 techniques…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
3 days
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Intermediate North Shore Pebble Jewelry

North Shore Pebble jewelry takes on a new format with this course by taking on more intermediate to advanced metalsmithing techniques. Structured for those who already have basic metalsmithing skills, this class will incorporate Lake Superior pebbles into more complex pieces such as a multi-link bracelet with bezel set stones…
Wed, Oct 3rd, 2018  –  Fri, Oct 5th, 2018
Instructor: Meredith Middleton
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, May 11th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Aug 10th, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 12th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Nov 9th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 11th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
2 Days
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Millinery: Blocking the Straw Hat

Stylish, cool and durable, these are a far cry from a farmer's straw hat! Craft your own personalized straw hat using millinery parasisal or Panama straw blanks. Over a two day period, you will block and finish at least one straw hat. Starting with a “blank,” finely woven straw that…
Sat, Jun 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 17th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Moe
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 6th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 9th, 2018
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
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