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Anishinaabe-Style Beaded Baby Moccasins

Discover the designs, color, styles and technique of traditional bead embroidery while crafting moccasins designed for baby feet. Create a 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…
Sat, Mar 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
3¼ days
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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 warm wool blankets, these…
Thu, Nov 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
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
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, Apr 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Apr 28th, 2019
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
Sat, Jul 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
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
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, Mar 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 24th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 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, Oct 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 27th, 2019
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
Instructor: Meredith Middleton
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
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
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
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, May 31st, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 25th, 2019
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Sat, Oct 5th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
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…
Thu, Jun 13th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 14th, 2019
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 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
2½ 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 your next…
Fri, May 24th, 2019  –  Sun, May 26th, 2019
Instructor: Michael Seiler