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Elise Kyllo

Grand Marais, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Elise Kyllo

Elise Kyllo grew up in South Minneapolis but immediately after college she discovered a love for the wilderness while guiding Boundary Waters trips from the end of the Gunflint Trail. This experience ultimately led her back to Grand Marais and to North House Folk School after many years of farming, urban gardening, and being an environmental educator and artist. Somewhere along the way, wool as an artistic medium entered her life and replaced the paints, clay and inks with a desire to create things of beauty and usefulness with wool. “It’s somewhat of a mystery as to how I fell in love with wool, but undoubtedly it’s the close connection to the land, the sustainability of fiber from sheep and magically transforming wool into an endless list of things with just water, soap and patient agitation. Felting is completely intoxicating and never, ever dull. There is joy, playfulness and happy surprises when working with wool, which I love to share with others.” 

Current Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

1 Day
Teaser image for Felt a Seat Cozy for the Whole Family

Felt a Seat Cozy for the Whole Family

Those of us in the rocky, Northern climes know that the world is a cold hard place. Luckily there’s a felted solution: the wool seat cozy. Add a beautiful and warm wooly cushion to your favorite chair, car seat, canoe, sporting event, dinner table or take it with you and…
Fri, Oct 18th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 Days
Teaser image for Felted Dioramas for Grownups

Felted Dioramas for Grownups

When we think of dioramas, foggy memories of shoeboxes and elementary school projects might pop up, but dioramas can be much more than dinosaurs! Diorama means “through that which is seen” in Greek, and is a method of creating a three dimenstional scene to convey a story or a feeling.…
Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020
Instructor: Elise Kyllo

Past Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

Family Class - Wooly Worlds: Felted Dioramas

Felt a Seat Cozy

Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Felting for Animals

Felting for the Kitchen

Felting Introduction

Hand Puppets and Oven Mitts

Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

No-Knit Felted Hats

Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Summer Camp - Adventurous Felting: Make your own slippers

Summer Camp - Fairytale Felting!

Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

Wet Felting to Keep you Warm: Hats, Slippers, & Mittens

Wool: The (Really) Full Experience--Dyeing, Felting, Spinning & Warp-Weighted Looms

Wool: The Full Experience

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More