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Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes

Spend two days learning new avenues into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory. We will use readily available dyes in extract form, like indigo, cochineal,…
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019  –  Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
Instructor: Stefania Isaacson
¼ Day
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Lucet Braiding for Beginners

The lucet is a simple, historic handheld tool that is used to create practical square braids. The sturdy braids may be used for decorative purposes, embellishment and tying.  Wool, cotton, and novelty fibers can be used with different results.  Once the techniques are mastered, the useful braids are created quickly. …
Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019
Instructors: Tom McCann, Nancy Haarmeyer
½ Day
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Modern Free-Form Embroidery

Learn to embroider jeans, knitting, and anything else in need of embellishment! We’ll cover all the basic stitches needed in this course, focusing on free-form embroidery with thread and wool yarn. We’ll be inspired by traditional styles from Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. We’ll sample different techniques and materials, and cover…
Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019
Instructor: Tasha Miller Griffith
1 Day
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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? In this course, you’ll learn a bit…
Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
Wed, Sep 11th, 2019
Instructors: Cheryl Larsen, Karen Smaby
3 Days
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Natural Plant Dyes

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature's palette, by learning the complex subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is a fascinating and inexpensive craft. Students will learn how to…
Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Karen Rognsvoog
2 Days
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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Combine bead embroidery and needle felting to create a unique landscape “painting,” while learning the basics of both in this two-day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, you will create a simple needle-felted wool background fabric. Then, you…
Sat, Jul 27th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019
Instructor: Jo Wood
3 Days
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Nomadic Felts: Rugs

In this class students will begin by traveling to Kyrgyzstan through pictures and stories.  We will discover how felt is used and why it is such an important textile for the people of Central Asia, and will fill yourselves with inspiration!  We will then get our own hands into the…
Fri, Sep 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 8th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Reichert
2 Days
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Norwegian Needlecraft: Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger

In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition. Hardanger embroidery is a traditional Scandinavian handwork, enjoyed and practiced for hundreds of years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger…
Fri, Jul 12th, 2019  –  Sat, Jul 13th, 2019
Instructor: Lori Zimmerman
1½ Days
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Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Scarves: Many of us don't leave home without them. They are imperative in the winter but they can simply be fashionable.  In this class you will learn the modern wet felting technique called Nuno which creates a durable, elegant and warm material by combining wool with silk or other lightweight…
Sat, Jun 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1½ Days
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Penny Rugs: Woolen Mosaics

Penny rugs use felted wool scraps to create a textile feast for the eye. Multicolored scraps are arranged in contrasting and complementary colors to create table runners, placemats and more, making a room come alive with color. Shapes of descending sizes are layered onto a wool background piece and stitched…
Fri, Jul 19th, 2019  –  Sat, Jul 20th, 2019
Day 1: 1pm-5pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Karen Smaby
3 Days
Rug hooking

Primitive Rug Hooking: Open Session

Rug hooking traces its roots to the northern colonies and Canada, when immigrants utilized textiles on hand to create rugs for their homes. Hooked rugs are made by drawing narrow strips of wool fabric through a background fabric of cotton, linen or burlap with a curved hook much like a…
Thu, Jun 6th, 2019  –  Sat, Jun 8th, 2019
Instructor: Carol Dunn
½ day
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Quilting the North Woods: A Seasonal Block of the Month Quilt

North House and the north woods are full of inspiring colors and patterns for the quilter. Laura Ricketts has designed a nine block wall-hanging with thematic blocks, as well as a North House central block. This North Woods quilt class will focus on triangles: dealing with bias in fabric and…
Mon, Jun 24th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
1½ Days
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Raw Felted Fleece: A New Approach to the Sheepskin Blanket

Unfortunately, traditional sheepskin blankets with a tanned leather back require that the sheep make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet it doesn't have to be so! Instructor Becky Utecht has developed a modern approach to an age-old craft. Using felting techniques, students in this course will start with an unwashed sheep fleece…
Sat, Jul 20th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 21st, 2019
Day 1: 9am-5pm Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructor: Becky Utecht
3 Days
Screen printing

Renegade Screen Printing with Natural Dyes

Learn to screen print your own unique designs and dye fabrics, all using natural dyes! Forget depending on textile companies or synthetic dyes—you'll be free to find rebellious color in your local environment, your kitchen, and from natural sources around the world. You won't need a lot of special equipment…
Fri, Aug 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 1st, 2019
Instructor: Tasha Miller Griffith
4 Days
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Rug Hooking Design: Patterns from Nature

Rug hooking is a textile craft, born out of necessity and the desire to bring beauty and warmth into the home.  Often, using mainly thrifted materials.  In this class, we will use the natural surroundings of the North Shore landscape to design a rug that is uniquely your own.  We…
Thu, Sep 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Logue