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3 days
Felted rug

Art of Felt Rug Making

Have you made felt before and found yourself frustrated with the design?  The colors became muted and soft, the easily identifiable bird became a cloud?  This is a class for those who have worked with felt and want to focus on the details of design.  First, we will examine the…
Fri, Mar 29th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 31st, 2019
Instructor: Mary Reichert
1 Day
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Bead Embroidery: The Pin Series

Discover the magic of “painting with beads” through your choice of seven different signature beaded lapel pin projects. In a reflection of the art and craft of bead embroidery, artist Jo Wood will lead you through your choice of one or two bead-embroidered projects, time permitting. The birch tree pin…
Sat, Apr 13th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
Sat, Aug 17th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
2 days
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Bead Weaving: Deerskin Bag

Try your hand at a simple bead weaving project in this introductory course that teaches two distinct skills: bead weaving and leather sewing. This project is based on a traditional amulet-style bag design Marcie learned from her grandmother, intended to be worn as a necklace. Students will complete and embellish…
Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 3rd, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
1½ Days
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Beaded Doilies

Brightly-colored seed beads have been used to embellish and brighten clothing and homegoods for centuries. Learn to make a beaded doily in this short class and experiment with color and pattern repetition to create a unique piece. Beadwork artist Marcie McIntire will provide instruction and materials for creating these lovely…
Sat, May 18th, 2019  –  Sun, May 19th, 2019
Instructor: Marcie McIntire
2 Days
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Bobbin Lace Making

Crocheting, knitting, tatting, and needle lace focus on a single thread to construct lace. Bobbin lace making is one of the traditional forms of making lace and is the only technique to use multiple threads concurrently to create lace. The technique has some similarities to weaving but is made on…
Sat, Sep 28th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
Instructor: Kelly Marshall
1 day
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Boro + Sustainability: The Japanese Art of Repurposing Fabric

Boro is a Japanese folk textile with an indiscernible eloquence and aesthetic that was originally created out of necessity, in which small scraps of precious fabric are carefully stitched together to create a larger cloth or repair a garment. In this course students will review a brief history of Boro…
Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Michelle Greenhouse
2 Days
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Colors of Autumn Bead Embroidery

Autumn brings a riot of color to the landscape of the North Shore. This workshop is your opportunity to capture a bit of the season with beads. Each participant will bring an autumn image to inspire their design. From your image you will create a unique “bead painting” embroidered on…
Sat, Sep 7th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
1 day
Wool spinning long draw

Exploring the Long Draw

Did you know that for spinning some fibers, you have to do a long draw? Did you know that you can’t get a true woolen spun yarn without the long draw? Did you know that, in the end, spinning with a long draw is faster? This class will not only…
Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
2 Days
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Felting for the Kitchen

The kitchen is a great place for handmade wool items. Potholders, tea cozies, cup cozies, placemats, hotpads, table runners, dish scrubbies, felted soap balls-- all these projects use the basic method of taking wool batting or roving, adding designs with a felting needle (or not), and using water, soap and…
Sat, Mar 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1 day
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Felting Introduction

This is a good introduction to felting for those just looking to get started and a fun day for those who have some experience but want to expand their needle-felting and wet-felting skills. We will be making flat items of use or just beauty.  Using a needle-felting tool is a…
Wed, Jun 19th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Felting: Creative Hats & Bags

Join featured international guest instructor Karin Flatøy Svarstad for an exploration of wool varieties and felting techniques, resulting in a wearable (or not, your choice!) hat. This felting technique is easy to learn, opens the door to innumerable creative possibilities and can be used to make bags, shoes, slippers or…
Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 24th, 2019
3½ Days
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Flax to Linen Intensive

This course is an intensive introduction to the ancient textile fiber: flax; and the cloth made from flax: linen. Students will explore all aspects of this traditional material, from seed selection, planting and cultivation, through harvesting, retting, hand processing, spinning, and weaving. We discuss flax’s place in traditional hand textile…
Fri, Jul 5th, 2019  –  Mon, Jul 8th, 2019
Instructor: Andrea Myklebust
1 Day
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Flower Power: Dyeing Paper in the Steam Box

Capture summer color onto paper. We will steam a bounty of garden and wild flowers between layers of paper. Explore folding, design, and layering methods, then into the steam box the offering goes. Students will bind a 5"x8" notepad while we wait for the thrill of unwrapping bundles of color.
Thu, Jul 18th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Smaby
2 Days
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Flowers & Fauna of the North Woods Through Bead Embroidery

Bring a favorite North Shore image to class: four-legged, scaled, winged, rooted, or creepy crawler. You’ll use that image as the subject of your bead embroidery and make your own unique beadwork on felted wool (material provided). Your piece can be made into a pin for a wearable work of…
Fri, May 10th, 2019  –  Sat, May 11th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
½ day
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Hand Puppets and Oven Mitts

It may never have occurred to you, but puppets and oven mitts are very closely related. They are both made of colorful wool, both are wet felted around a resist, and with a little imagination, they both can talk. Is an oven mitt just a shy puppet or is a…
Fri, Jun 21st, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo