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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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Family Class - Wooly Worlds: Felted Dioramas

Let your imagination run wild creating a small scene of felted things. You will learn how to make 2D and 3D items using needle felting and wet felting techniques. Create gnomes, bears, dinosaurs, mushrooms, rivers, fish…the possibilities are endless. Adults and children can create a diorama together or each create…
Sat, Oct 20th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1 day
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Felt a Seat Cozy

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 or take it with you and sit in snug serenity…
Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers or short boot liners. Using the ancient no-knitting wet felting technique, you will make a cozy, warm pair of slippers or boot liners. The craft hasn’t changed in centuries except we now can choose plastic instead of animal skins and soap…
Fri, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sat, Oct 6th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
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Felting for the Kitchen

The kitchen is a great place for handmade wool items. Potholders, tea cozies, cup cozies, placemats, hotpads, table runners, dish scrubbies, felted soap balls-- all these projects use the basic method of taking wool batting or roving, adding designs with a felting needle (or not), add water, soap and agitation…
Sat, Mar 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Mar 17th, 2019
Instructor: 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, Sep 22nd, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
.5 days
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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…
Sun, Oct 21st, 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…
Sat, Jun 15th, 2019  –  Sun, Jun 16th, 2019
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, Sep 23rd, 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…
Sat, Dec 8th, 2018
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
1.5 days
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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, Jan 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Jan 13th, 2019
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
3.25 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
Instructor: Elise Kyllo

Past Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

Felting for Animals

Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

No-Knit Felted Hats

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

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More