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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, Apr 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
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 than fur-felt. We will use…
Sat, Dec 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 8th, 2019
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Moe
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 wool blankets, these coats…
Thu, Nov 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
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
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Beth Gautsch
2½ 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…
Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
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
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
4 Days
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Expedition Footwear: Fancy Hide & Canvas Mukluks

A simple pair of hide and canvas mukluks is a joy to wear. A fancy pair trimmed with colorful braid, rick-rack, tassels, pompoms, or strips of fur is something to behold! This course provides an opportunity to create your own pair of hide footwear with enough time for the addition…
Thu, Jan 16th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
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, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
Days 1 & 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Jo Wood
Fri, Mar 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
9am-5pm
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 to immerse oneself in the traditional northern craft of mukluk making. This session of Expedition Footwear: Making Mukluks will be taught at Gunflint Lodge. Remember the last time…
Fri, Oct 25th, 2019  –  Sun, Oct 27th, 2019
Day 1: 3-7pm; Days 2 and 3: 9am-5pm
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
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Meredith Middleton
2 Days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers

Forget about stepping out of bed onto cold floors on wintry 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
9am-5pm
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, Aug 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 25th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Sat, Oct 5th, 2019  –  Mon, Oct 7th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
Fri, Nov 8th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2019
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
Instructor: Todd Hawkinson
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 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 30th, 2020
Day 1: 4-8pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-2pm
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, May 16th, 2020  –  Sun, May 17th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Moe
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 5th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
9am-4:30pm
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
Thu, Mar 26th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 29th, 2020
9am-5pm
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