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Aniishiinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery & Moccasin Sewing

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. You will design a pair of moccasins to make, choosing from either a baby or…
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
2 days
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Aniishiinaabe-Style Beaded Baby Moccasins

Discover the designs, color, styles and technique of traditional bead embroidery while crafting moccasins designed for baby feet. Create gift that will be treasured for years to come (and that will stay on those adorable little feet). Students will design and sew a pair of moccasins using quality tanned deerhide.…
Sat, Mar 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
3 Days
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Anorak: Sew Your Own Traditional Outer Garment

The anorak is the traditional outer garment worn throughout the far North and Arctic climates. It is designed to be worn over heavier insulating layers to block the wind and shed snow. This anorak design may be made from a variety of fabrics and features large sleeves with adjustable wrist…
Fri, Jan 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 27th, 2019
Instructor: Cindy Muus
2 Days
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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
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
2.5 days
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Creative Fabric Reuse: Woolen Anorak

Great fabric lurks in closets, trunks, attics, and thrift shops: learn how to turn garments you don’t wear into a garment you will wear with the help of a pair of scissors, a sewing machine and some creative inclinations. Dig out your mother's wool skirt or the kilt you found…
Thu, Jan 10th, 2019  –  Sat, Jan 12th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
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, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
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
Fri, Jan 18th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 20th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
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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Freya's Fantasy Filigree: Scandinavian-Inspired Jewelry

It is said that Freya, the Nordic goddess of love wagered all to acquire the beautiful "Brisingamen" necklace fashioned by dwarves. The medieval texts do not describe what the necklace looked like but we can imagine that Scandinavian filigree work was a signature element. Using twisted fine silver wire we…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
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