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Stained Glass Suncatchers (Ages 12+) April 27, 2024

Apr 27, 2024 9:00AM—2:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Have fun learning the basic steps to making a stained-glass window and go home with a new skill and a gift or two. Students will learn how to break glass with purpose, shape glass to a pattern, and reassemble it to make something beautiful. Glass will be assembled with the copper foil method, which is a thin strip…

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(Waitlist) Knife Skills are Life Skills with Fred Livesay (Ages 16+) April 27 & 28, 2023

Apr 27, 2024 9:00AM—5:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Join internationally respected woodworker and craftsman Fred Livesay for this 2-day class focused on knife skills. Students will learn 10 to 14 different knife grips and how to use them effectively for wood carving. In the process you will become comfortable with the use of a knife, safely carving both away and towards yourself. Sharpening…

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Intro to Welding: Create a Garden Sculpture – May 4, 2024

May 04, 2024 10:00AM—2:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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This class will introduce you to welding as you create a stone and metal sculpture suitable for your garden or patio. TIG welding uses an inert gas and bonds metal to metal without a wire feed or rods or sticks, and is typically used for thinner materials such as pipe welding or where appearance is important. …

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Intro to Spinning on a Wheel – May 4, 2024

May 04, 2024 9:30AM—3:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn to spin wool on a wheel and leave class with a skein of your own handmade yarn. Join Sharon Knutson from Knitting My Way Home and learn the basics of spinning wool into yarn. Sharon will provide you with the knowledge to begin the art of spinning wool. This class is for beginners and others who…

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Ribbed Basket Basics – May 4 & 5, 2024

May 04, 2024 9:30AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine St. Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn the basic rib basket-making techniques and take home your first Ribbed Egg Basket! Join Kirsten, a long-time instructor who will have you laughing and learning, she’ll help you ease into basket weaving with no stress, you’ll be amazed at how fast the time goes. You will learn rib basic basket-making techniques. Thoughts on this…

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Needle Felt a Goldfinch Mounted with Flowers – May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024 9:30AM—1:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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In this fast-paced class, you will learn to needle felt a three-dimensional American goldfinch from core wool and apply lifelike characteristics using merino prefelt and merino roving. You will also learn finishing details for glass bead eyes, mounting, and hanging as an ornament. We’ll even add some paper spring flowers to the mounting. Participants will…

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Boro Mending with Sashiko Stitches (Ages 10+) May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024 9:00AM—12:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Boro is derived from the Japanese term ‘Boroboro’ which means something tattered or repaired. In this class, you will learn the ancient and gentle Japanese art of Boro using simple Sashiko stitches. In Boro, mending isn’t meant to be invisible. Part of the beauty of the final product is in the visibility of the process…

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Round Reed Lidded Basket – May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024 9:30AM—3:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Using a fine gauge of round rattan reed, you will weave a small round basket (3” wide x 4” tall) with a woven lid to hold your tiny trinkets or jewelry. The basket is woven using the twinning technique with a rolled border for the lid, and the basket base has a radiating spoke with…

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Polymer Clay Gold Accented Trinket Dish (Ages 10+) May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024 11:00AM—2:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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In this class, you will learn the basics of working with polymer clay, and at least two techniques for creating a design in the slab. You will leave with a one-of-a-kind dish for trinkets and jewelry! Use any colors you want to create a “watercolor” or confetti slab. You will cut the slab and cure…

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Weaving: 1 Warp-2 Colors-4 Napkins-16 Patterns (Ages 16+) May 18, 19 & June 1, 2024

May 18, 2024 10:00AM—4:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Join instructor Katherine Buenger to explore the magic of color and weave, using a rigid heddle loom. Weaving 4 napkins and using 2 colors, students will create at least 16 different patterns. Each napkin will have 4 different patterns. Students will learn how to thread a loom with 2 threads in both holes and slots.…

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(Waitlist) Copper Foil Stained Glass Window (Ages 12+) May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn the art of stained glass design and building with John Hanson, owner of Longfellow Soap Company, who has been designing, making, repairing, and restoring antique stained glass windows for 23 years. All tools and materials will be provided and each student will take home a small window.  You will learn how to make, cut, and…

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Cobwebber and Besom Brooms (Ages 16+) May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn to make two beautiful brooms on sticks: A cobwebber and a stitched besom broom. In this class, we will make a round besom broom and stitch it. We will also plait a cobwebber broom. Leave feeling confident and inspired to explore the world of broom-making. Your instructor will provide: All supplies needed to make a…

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(Waitlist) Krokbragd Band Weaving – May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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In this class, students learn how to read a simple Krokbragd pattern to weave a cotton band. Unlike plain weave patterns which utilize only 2 sheds (up and down), Krokbragd patterns utilize 3 sheds and so require additional setup and manipulation of warp threads. If you have taken Beth’s introduction to band weaving class or have some experience…

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Make a Dried Flower Platter – May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024 10:00AM—1:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Simple yet satisfying, create a beautiful 13” round platter made of clear resin and loads of dried and pressed flowers. Students will learn how to lay out the dried, pressed flowers or leaves, etc. in a mold and use epoxy to make a beautiful platter. Your instructor will provide the following: Molds and resin tools will…

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Intro to Shibori with Indigo Dye (Ages 12+) June 1, 2024

Jun 01, 2024 10:00AM—12:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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One of the earliest written descriptions of Shibori dates to 238 CE! Shibori is a Japanese technique that involves folding, twisting, or bunching cloth and then binding it to create brilliant patterns when it’s dyed.  In this class, you will learn a variety of Shibori folding techniques. You will use wood boards, clips, rubber bands, and…

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Cold Process Soap Making (Ages 10+) June 1, 2024

Jun 01, 2024 10:00AM—12:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Join John Hanson, soap maker and owner of Longfellow Soap Company in Minneapolis, for a tutorial on making soap using the cold-process method. Cold-process soap making has been around for hundreds of years. It’s a traditional method of making soap by combining fat or oil (animal- or plant-based) with sodium hydroxide lye, then blending in…

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(Waitlist) Watercolor Batiks: Iris – June 1, 2024

Jun 01, 2024 10:00AM—1:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Try your hand at watercolor batik, a modern twist on the ancient Javanese art of batik. You don’t need to know watercolor technique or even how to draw — you’ll work from an image traced onto rice paper and then use melted wax and watercolor to create a final work of art. In this floral…

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Make a Bike Basket! – June 8 & 9, 2024

Jun 08, 2024 9:30AM—3:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn the basic basket-making techniques and take home a bike basket! Lay out the base of the basket, shape the sides and create a sturdy rim. Join Kirsten, a long-time instructor who will have you laughing and learning, she’ll help you ease into basket weaving with no stress, you’ll be amazed at how fast the…

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Hmong Embroidery: Reverse Applique – June 15, 2024

Jun 15, 2024 10:30AM—2:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St. Croix, MN 55115

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Our Hmong embroidery teacher, Mandora Young, is back to teach us another beginner-friendly technique using the reverse applique embroidery method that is popular in traditional Hmong textiles. Students will learn how to fold and cut a snail motif on a piece of fabric, learn stitching techniques, and complete the piece by stitching a border. The finished…

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Easy Home Coffee Roasting (Ages 16+) June 15, 2024

Jun 15, 2024 10:00AM—12:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine St. Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Think roasting coffee at home is tough? Think again! In this class, we’ll show you how to turn green beans into aromatic masterpieces. And guess what? We’re doing it with an air popper you might find in your grandma’s attic. (We’ll taste some coffee too!) Ever wondered why coffee from different places tastes, well, different?…

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Make a Set of Stacking Rings – June 22, 2024

Jun 22, 2024 10:30AM—1:30PM

Private home To be announced Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Learn the basics of making a lovely set of textured stacking rings from Alison of AlisonWendy Designs. Shape, solder, hammer, texture, and patina four stacking rings that you will want to wear day in and day out. Mix and match from the following styles: forging your own texture by hand, a beaded texture, and a classic…

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Make Your Own Drum (Ages 12+) June 22, 2024

Jun 22, 2024 11:00AM—4:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine St. Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

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Wayne Manthey is a nationally known drum maker and teacher of drum making. His approach is spiritual, honoring the animals who provided the hides and the trees who donated the wood. The healing properties of a drum are found in the elements that make it: wood and animal hide. Making a personal frame drum is…

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Past | Archive

Weave Kitchen Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom (Ages 16+) April 20 & 27, 2024

Apr 20, 2024 10:00AM—4:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

(Waitlist) Carve a Kuksa – April 20 & 21, 2024

Apr 20, 2024 9:00AM—5:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

(Waitlist) Copper Foil Stained Glass Window (Ages 12+) April 13, 2024

Apr 13, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Introduction to Hmong Embroidery: Paj Ntaub (Ages 16+) April 13, 2024

Apr 13, 2024 10:30AM—1:30PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St. Croix, MN 55115

Five-Strand Braided Bead Necklace (Ages 12+) April 6, 2024

Apr 06, 2024 10:00AM—1:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Make a Stitched and Plaited Whisk Broom (Ages 16+) March 23, 2024

Mar 23, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

Marine Mills Folk School 550 Pine Street Marine on St Croix, MN 55047