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Beth Dow

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Beth Dow

Beth is an artist and teacher from Minneapolis. She calls herself analog-retentive, and is interested in contemporary applications for traditional crafts. She has an MFA in photography, and her work has been exhibited around the world. Beth also makes saddle-stitched leather goods, artist books, and is an obsessive spoon carver. She takes a playful approach in her classes, encouraging students to experiment and have fun while mastering process. In her spare time Beth likes to play her ukulele with friends and she sings with the Prairie Fire Lady Choir.


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Current Courses Offered by Beth Dow

2 Days
Teaser image for Custom Leather Shop Apron

Custom Leather Shop Apron

Calling all carpenters, metal workers, and latte slingers — come to North House and make the leather shop apron you’ve always wanted! Students will make a durable hand sewn apron with custom pockets for their favorite tools and a strap system that distributes weight comfortably and keep stress off the…
Sat, Feb 1st, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 2nd, 2020
Instructor: Beth Dow
2 Days
Teaser image for Handsewn Leather Shoulder Bag

Handsewn Leather Shoulder Bag

Here it is — a perfect shoulder bag for everyday errands! This classic yet funky crossbody bag is where traditional saddle-making techniques meet contemporary styling. You will learn how to hand sew vegetable tanned cowhide with a two-needle saddle stitch, along with wet-molding, hardware application, and leather care. Students are…
Sat, Mar 21st, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020
Instructor: Beth Dow
2 Days
Handsewn Leather Tool Tote

Leather Tool Tote

Tote your tools in style in a sturdy, hand-sewn leather tool tote. This open-top hold-all is perfect for anything from carving tools to knitting supplies. In this course, students will learn foundational skills that can be applied to future projects. We will use the traditional two-needle saddle stitch and hand…
Sat, Apr 25th, 2020  –  Sun, Apr 26th, 2020
Instructor: Beth Dow

Past Courses Offered by Beth Dow

Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style

Hand-Sewn Leather Clutch

Leather Journal Case

Leather Wallets: Sew Your Own

Leather Wallets: Sew Your Own: Wooden Boat Show Mini-Course

Photographing Your Work