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Elise Kyllo

Grand Marais, MN
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Elise is a gardener and visual artist. She finds balance in the urban chaos by engaging the seasons. In the summer, she is usually outdoors in somebody’s garden; in the cold months, she is making art. The simplicity and endless possibilities of working with wool intrigue her, especially creating felted creatures inspired by her experiences as a painter and printmaker. “I can’t think of a more meditative, pure, and organic medium than working with wool and water and reusing old socks.”

Current Courses Offered by 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
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
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
1 Day
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Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Combine wool, soap and water, a felting needle, and agitation, and the sculptural possibilities are endless! This is a day to experiment with the amazing sculptural flexibility of wool and to go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armature, students create a sculpture of…
Thu, Jun 20th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
5 Days
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Summer Camp - Adventurous Felting: Make your own slippers

Embark on an adventure into the world of making felt as you learn to prepare wool, try your hand at dyeing beautiful colors, and get a chance to make wearable projects by felting. Explore colors, textures, design and more! You’ll leave with new awesome felted slippers and a couple other…
Mon, Jul 29th, 2019  –  Fri, Aug 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3¼ Days
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Wool: The Full Experience

Wool is an incredibly versatile, durable and beautiful fiber that is surprisingly easy to make into fabric. Start at the very beginning of the process in this team-taught class, as you shear sheep, wash, card and dye the wool and finally make individual felted projects using needle and wet-felting techniques.…
Thu, May 30th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 2nd, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm, Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
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

Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

No-Knit Felted Hats

Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

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

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

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More