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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

2 Days
Teaser image for Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

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 use soap instead of ash or urine. It’s a…
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 15th, 2020
Instructor: Elise Kyllo
2 Days
Teaser image for Felting for the Holidays: Online Course

Felting for the Holidays: Online Course

A great class for beginners and fun for experienced felters. This class is composed of two sessions, three hours each on Wednesday December 2nd and 9th. In week one, students will learn about the tools, tricks and techniques of needle felting sculptural items while making a 3-dimensional snowman (or abominable…
Wed, Dec 2nd, 2020
2-5 pm each week
Instructor: Elise Kyllo

Past Courses Offered by Elise Kyllo

Family Class - Wooly Worlds: Felted Dioramas

Felt a Seat Cozy

Felt a Seat Cozy for the Whole Family

Felted Dioramas for Grownups

Felting for Animals

Felting for the Kitchen

Felting Introduction

Hand Puppets and Oven Mitts

Needle Felting for Repair or Embellishment

No-Knit Felted Hats

Nuno Felting: Scarves & Wraps

Sculptural Felting: Beyond the Basics

Summer Camp - Adventurous Felting: Make your own slippers

Summer Camp - Fairytale Felting!

Tomtens and Holiday Ornaments

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

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

Wool: The Full Experience

Wooly Critters: Intro to Felting

Wooly Tableware: Potholders, Placemats and More