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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
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…
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
1/2 Day
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Buttoned Up: Make Your Own Ceramic Buttons

Plastic buttons that fall off too easily really pushing your buttons? Time to take matters into your own hands and create and design your own durable stoneware ceramic buttons from wet clay. The perfect finishing touch to a handmade garment or a great way to personalize a beloved item, ceramic…
Fri, Apr 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Melissa Wickwire
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, Apr 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
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, 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, Mar 13th, 2018  –  Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Larry Schmitt
2 1/2 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…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 18th, 2018
Instructor: Michael Seiler
Fri, Jul 13th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 15th, 2018
Instructor: Michael Seiler
1 1/2 days
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Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment

For centuries, the circum-polar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Saami people and their designs.…
Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Mar 4th, 2018
Instructor: Norma Refsal
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer. Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern landscape – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler. In this…
Fri, Mar 16th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
Fri, May 25th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
1 Day
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Saami-Inspired Friendship Bracelet: Continuation

Expand on your Saami bracelet skills! In this class we will create a wide multi braided bracelet with a variety of intricate braids and coils using traditional spooled pewter coil. If you loved the single braid style of the Saami bracelet class and want to experiment with different braiding combinations…
Sat, May 26th, 2018
Instructor: Liz Bucheit
½ Day
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Sewing Deerhide Baby Booties

Reports from new parents suggest that a pair of handmade, deerhide booties make a great baby gift: not only do they stay on those tiny feet, but they are awfully cute as well. Join instructor Jo Wood for a half day workshop to learn to the process for cutting and…
Sat, Feb 17th, 2018
Instructor: Jo Wood
4 Days
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Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Crafting functional, durable and attractive footwear with your own hands is a deeply satisfying (and sole-ful!) task. We will begin by making a casting of your foot (shoes will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the…
Wed, Aug 8th, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 11th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
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Shoemaking: Chukka Boot

The chukka boot has roots that reach back to a decidedly non-northern location, the Sahara desert. Originally crafted by the cobblers of Cairo for South African troops during WWII, the practical, light-weight and comfortable design now has universal appeal, as an around-town shoe, sometime workboot and even a dress shoe.…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018  –  Tue, Aug 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter