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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…
Sat, Jan 20th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1/2 day
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Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

Bring your holy wool socks back to life and bring your dull wool sweaters, shirts, skirts, hats to be transformed with colorful wool, a felting needle and a little imagination. Using a needle felting tool is a bit like using a paint brush but more forgiving and no experience is…
Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
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 also 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…
Thu, Feb 15th, 2018  –  Fri, Feb 16th, 2018
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 go beyond the basics. Using a variety of fill or building a wire armatage students create a sculpture of their…
Sun, Jan 21st, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1 day
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Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

The belief in tomtens—or rural elves—started in Sweden and continues to be part of the folklore of the winter/holiday season. Tomtens are often portrayed both helpful and mischievous: they’ll do the chores, and then steal the cookies. Sound like a young person you know? No wonder these colorful, mythical creatures…
Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1 day
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Wet Felting to Keep you Warm: Hats, Slippers, & Mittens

The natural fibers of wool are still the best material for a cold keeping you warm in a cold Minnesota winter, with the added bonus of being beautiful. Hats, mittens, slippers all use the same technique of felting wool over a resist and sculpting the wool into a three dimensional…
Sat, Mar 17th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3 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.…
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018