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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 than fur-felt. We will use…
Sat, Dec 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Dec 13th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Moe
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 way to turn lake treasures into jewelry. But not all pebbles are meant to be drilled. In this four-day class, students will learn several different ways to…
Thu, Oct 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020
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…
Tue, Jul 14th, 2020  –  Wed, Jul 15th, 2020
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 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
3 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 perfect footwear for your snowshoeing adventure. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate…
Fri, Nov 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
9am-5pm
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 use soap instead of ash or urine. It’s a…
Wed, Nov 18th, 2020  –  Thu, Nov 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
4 Days
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Fundamentals of North Shore Pebble Jewelry

Students will spend an hour or so the first day gathering pebbles and then will use diamond-encrusted drill bits to drill holes in them. The pebbles can then be made into pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Sterling silver wire, chain, tubing, and sheet will be used to fabricate unique pieces…
Thu, Aug 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 30th, 2020
9am-5pm
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 traveled directly from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Jun 5th, 2020  –  Sun, Jun 7th, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Aug 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 23rd, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Aug 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 30th, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Oct 30th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 1st, 2020
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 Anishinaabe Style

Discover the designs, colors, styles, and techniques 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 10th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 2020
9am-4:30pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
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…
Mon, Sep 28th, 2020  –  Fri, Oct 2nd, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
2.5 Days
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On the Rocks: Intro to Stone Cutting

Students will be lead through the process of cutting, finishing, and polishing a variety of agates—perfect for your next craft or jewelry project. While the class will focus its exploration of the properties of fancy agates and jaspers, students are invited to bring their own stones as well. The techniques…
Fri, Jul 17th, 2020  –  Sun, Jul 19th, 2020
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Michael Seiler
3 Days
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Patterning: Traditional Linen Shirt

A linen shirt is a vital part of traditional Swedish folk dress for both men and women. It also makes a natural, breathable, and sophisticated contemporary garment worn on its own. Working with guest instructor Johanna Runbäck from the Sätergläntan Institute of Handicraft in Dalarna, Sweden, participants will begin a…
Thu, Jun 25th, 2020  –  Sat, Jun 27th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Johanna Runbäck
4 days
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Renew, Revisit and Refresh Old Jewelry

Every jewelry box is home to some neglected and abandoned treasures: pieces once loved or of sentimental value but now of questionable fashion, unfinished or slightly broken items. Inspired by the age-old folk value of resourcefulness, turn your old items into fabulous new jewelry. Jewelry design, problem solving, construction and…
Thu, Oct 22nd, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 25th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Gautsch
1 Day
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Sew a “Masma”: Sámi-Inspired Sewing Kit

Make a lovely sewing kit inspired by the traditional Saami masma. Learn basic hand sewing stitches and enjoy a day with featured guest instructor Johanna Runbäck, lead hand sewing instructor the Sätergläntan Institute of Handicraft in Dalarna, Sweden. This style of rolled bag reflects a nomad’s need for tools to…
Thu, Jun 18th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Johanna Runbäck
1 Day
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Sew Your Own Phone Case: Embellished Handmade Pouch

A smart phone may not be a traditional craft object, but it certainly is an important tool of modern life that gets frequent use. So why not keep your phone in a beautifully-embellished handmade pouch, just as someone would store their knife or sewing kit or other tools centuries ago?…
Fri, Jun 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Johanna Runbäck