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Elise Kyllo

Grand Marais, MN
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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 the magical transformation of 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.” 

Elise is a Artisan in Residence in North House's Artisan Development Program where she focuses on her felting practice.

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Current Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

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Community Felted Mural Project

Wool is an incredibly flexible and playful medium full of color and textural possibilities. In this workshop we will replace paint with wool as our artistic medium as we create one large mural encouraging us to consider the many challenges and injustices of the past year. There will be three…
Fri, Jul 30th, 2021  –  Sat, Jul 31st, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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Three Dimensional Felting - Bowls and Berets: Online Course

Become a better wet felter in this class by sculpting two very different items with the same resist.  A french beret and a vessel have a similar beginning, wool carefully laid out over a round, flat resist and wet felted. How you finish it by felting and fulling will determine…
Fri, May 14th, 2021  –  Fri, May 21st, 2021
1pm - 5pm CT on two Fridays, May 14th and 21st
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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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 we shear sheep from Prairie Meadow Farm and go through processing wool, step by step together; skirting, washing, carding, making…
Fri, Jun 4th, 2021  –  Sun, Jun 6th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructors: Elise Kyllo, Heidi Quist

Past Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

Family Class - Wooly Worlds: Felted Dioramas

Felt a Seat Cozy

Felt a Seat Cozy for the Whole Family

Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Felted Dioramas for Grownups

Felting for Animals

Felting for the Holidays: Online Course

Felting for the Kitchen

Felting Introduction

Hand Puppets and Oven Mitts

Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

No-Knit Felted Hats

Nuno Felting Hats and Scarves

Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Spring Felting Sampler: Needle and Wet Felting Online Course

Spring Felting Sampler: Needle and Wet Felting Online Course

Summer Camp - Adventurous Felting: Make your own slippers

Summer Camp - Fairytale Felting!

Three Dimensional Felting - Bowls and Berets: Online Course

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