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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 was an Artisan in Residence in North House's Artisan Development Program where she focused on her felting practice.

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Current Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

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Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers, slip ons, cuffed or boot liners. Using the…
Wed, Nov 16th, 2022  –  Thu, Nov 17th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
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Felting for the Kitchen and Home

The kitchen is the perfect place for handmade felted woolen goods that are fire, mildew, and odor…
Sat, Sep 10th, 2022  –  Sun, Sep 11th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
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…
Fri, Sep 2nd, 2022  –  Sun, Sep 4th, 2022
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Elise Kyllo, Heidi Quist
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Youth Craft Camp: Felting Fun

You choose your theme and make a scene!  Whether it's monsters, mushrooms and gnomes,…
Mon, Aug 1st, 2022  –  Fri, Aug 5th, 2022
9am-4pm
Instructor: Elise Kyllo

Past Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

Community Felted Mural Project

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 Board Games

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 Felted Scarves and Hats

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

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

Woolly Potholders: Online Course

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More