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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 Handsewn Leather Project Tote

Handsewn Leather Project Tote

There are so many possible uses for this bag that the only name that does it justice is “project tote.” Carry needlework, kindling, tablet, or farmers’ market treasures in style. This durable hand-sewn project tote is made of vegetable tanned leather that will develop a lustrous dark honey patina as…
Sat, Sep 12th, 2020  –  Sun, Sep 13th, 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 encouraged to experiment…
Sat, Aug 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 16th, 2020
Instructor: Beth Dow
0.25 Days
Teaser image for Leather Card Holder: Sew Your Own (Online Course)

Leather Card Holder: Sew Your Own (Online Course)

Learn the magic of sewing leather with a traditional two-needle saddles stitch. We will make card cases out of natural vegetable tanned cowhide and talk about all of the little design considerations that go into making a useful object that can last decades. From card holders to shoulder bags to…
Fri, Jun 19th, 2020
12pm - 2pm
Instructor: Beth Dow

Past Courses Offered by Beth Dow

Custom Leather Shop Apron

Hand-Sewn Leather Cases: Saddle Stitch Style

Hand-Sewn Leather Clutch

Leather Journal Case

Leather Tool Tote

Leather Wallets: Sew Your Own

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

Photographing Your Work