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Currently Scheduled Clothing & Jewelry Courses

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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, Mar 15th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
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, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
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 12th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 14th, 2018
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 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Emily Moe
Wed, Feb 14th, 2018  –  Thu, Feb 15th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Moe
3 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 & 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…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
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, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 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 30th, 2017  –  Sun, Dec 3rd, 2017
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 10th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 12th, 2017
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Jan 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Jan 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Apr 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 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 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
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…
Wed, Nov 15th, 2017  –  Thu, Nov 16th, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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 11th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 12th, 2017
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 directly traveled from the heart. The Romans extended this description and called this…
Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, May 11th, 2018  –  Sun, May 13th, 2018
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
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…
Tue, Nov 7th, 2017  –  Sat, Nov 11th, 2017
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
Tue, Mar 13th, 2018  –  Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
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…
Wed, Nov 15th, 2017  –  Fri, Nov 17th, 2017
Instructor: Carol Colburn
5 Days
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North Shore Pebble Jewelry: Extended Experience

A North Shore favorite returns! Meredith Middleton, taking the reins for the retiring longtime instructor Molly Sharp, will offer an extended version of this popular course. The five day immersive experience will allow students to create a number of pieces, or work on more complicated projects. If you've ever collected…
Wed, Oct 4th, 2017  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2017
Instructor: Meredith Middleton