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Mary Ellen Ashcroft

Grand Marais, MN
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Mary Ellen Ashcroft has been sewing since she was seven, and even bravely made her daughter’s wedding dress! She has been teaching for years: English literature and writing at a couple small colleges, and more recently in Cook County, several writing and literature courses. She guides canoe and hiking trips, leads retreats, has published a number of books and is vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. She has lived near Grand Marais for nine years and considers her highest calling to be enjoying the Northern woods and lakes with her 7 grandchildren.

Current Courses Offered by Mary Ellen Ashcroft

2½ days
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Creative Fabric Reuse: Woolen Anorak

Great fabric lurks in closets, trunks, attics, and thrift shops: learn how to turn garments you don’t wear into a garment you will wear with the help of a pair of scissors, a sewing machine and some creative inclinations. Dig out your mother's wool skirt or the kilt you found…
Thu, Jan 10th, 2019  –  Sat, Jan 12th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft
2 days
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Remaking Sweaters into Warm, Colorful Garments

The sweater your mom made you years ago; the one you found at Goodwill but is way too small; the one you are tired of wearing; the one you accidently washed on a hot wash--any of these felted and cut and sewn together can be made into a beautiful skirt,…
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019  –  Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
Instructor: Mary Ellen Ashcroft

Past Courses Offered by Mary Ellen Ashcroft

Rags to Riches: Re-using Fabric to Create Unique Garments