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  • Fair Isle Knitting
    finished piece such as a decorative mat pin cushion small pouch headband egg cozy gloves or mittens You ll get to try using a traditional Shetland knitting belt The materials for this class will be the product of the previous spinning class plus extra natural colored yarns all from Shetland sheep Students are invited to participate in each class separately or join in for the whole adventure About the Instructors Martha Owen Martha Owen with fellow spinner and knitter Elizabeth Johnston Martha Owen is a resident artist in spinning knitting feltmaking and dyeing at the John C Campbell Folkschool in Brasstown North Carolina Her adventure in spinning began at the school in 1978 Since then her extended family has included sheep Corriedale Shetland Romney and Angora rabbits French As a banjo player and storyteller Martha s interest in sheep and wool music and dance has carried her literally and joyfully around the world She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and is co owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy North Carolina Elizabeth Johnston Elizabeth Johnston Elizabeth Johnston Sheltano United Kingdom is a Shetland spinner and knitter She learned much of her craft as a child observing and receiving lessons from family and friends She uses these age old skills handed down through generations to turn Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarns and Fair Isle and lace items for her business Shetland Handspun Interest in the long history of Shetland textiles led to research into historic fabrics and the warp weighted loom She is author of two chapters in Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present edited by S Laurenson Elizabeth has demonstrated lectured and taught workshops in spinning lace and Fair Isle knitting throughout Europe and the United States Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-06-11-fair-isle-knitting-owen-johnston/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Weaving Monk’s Belt Three Ways
    produce a lighter weight textile that is appropriate for curtains runners and wall hangings Monk s Belt can also be woven as a weft faced boundweave a technique that results in a heavier textile that is appropriate for pillows cushion covers and rugs You will have the opportunity to weave samples of each of these weaving structures in class About the Instructor Laura Demuth helps a student Laura Demuth has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of fiber production from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom Because she lives on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah Vesterheim has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-06-22-weaving-monks-belt-three-ways-demuth/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Skinnfell (Sheepskin) Coverlet
    the sleeper with the warm wool side down You will make a small cradle sized or throw sized skinnfell from one or two sheepskins You will learn about selecting the skins hand sewing techniques and printing with wooden blocks and ink traditionally made from bark The class will also include information on how to add a woven textile as was the custom in parts of Norway About the Instructor Britt Solheim Britt Solheim of Gjøvik Norway has a background in health care and education In recent years she has been teaching classes in skinnfell sewing and printing in Norway Finland and Sweden She also produces both traditional and modern skinnfell Her book Skinnfeller du kan lage selv Skinnfells You Can Make Yourself was published in 2006 Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Folk Art School Find a Class Fiber

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-07-24-skinnfell-sheepskin-coverlet-solheim/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Skinnfell (Sheepskin) Coverlet
    the sleeper with the warm wool side down You will make a small cradle sized or throw sized skinnfell from one or two sheepskins You will learn about selecting the skins hand sewing techniques and printing with wooden blocks and ink traditionally made from bark The class will also include information on how to add a woven textile as was the custom in parts of Norway About the Instructor Britt Solheim Britt Solheim of Gjøvik Norway has a background in health care and education In recent years she has been teaching classes in skinnfell sewing and printing in Norway Finland and Sweden She also produces both traditional and modern skinnfell Her book Skinnfeller du kan lage selv Skinnfells You Can Make Yourself was published in 2006 Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Folk Art School Find a Class Fiber

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-08-01-skinnfell-sheepskin-coverlet-solheim/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Norwegian Pick-Up Bandweaving
    The traditional band heddles will be warped for you prior to class Your finished samples will make nice ribbons or bookmarks About the Instructor Heather Torgenrud Heather Torgenrud of Arlee Montana has been weaving for over 40 years and enjoys teaching bandweaving classes around the country She is the author of Norwegian Pick up Bandweaving published in 2014 and has written several articles for the magazine Handwoven She first dreamed of writing a book when the gift of an inkle loom sparked not only a passion for weaving pick up bands but a longing to know their history The dream finally took shape when she and her husband were immersed in studying Norwegian and she discovered some intriguing stories waiting to be told With the book she combines award winning weaving skills with her easy readable writing style to create a well researched and fascinating look at this historic craft Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-09-23-norwegian-pickup-bandweaving/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Exploring Rya
    rosepath You will also make a sample of a goose eye design where the knots show on the non pile side and form part of the pattern You will weave rya with pile on both sides and rya combined with krokbragd style plus you will explore some variations of rya weaving including flossa and a knot used during Viking times to insulate clothing and blankets This will be a round robin class and you will go home with many samples and knowledge to use as inspiration for planning your own rya project About the Instructor Jan Mostrom helps a student Jan Mostrom from Chanhassen Minnesota has been a weaver for 40 years with a special interest in Scandinavian textiles She teaches weaving and rug hooking throughout the Midwest and her patient and encouraging instruction creates an inspiring class atmosphere for weavers of all levels Jan earned a Vesterheim Gold Medal in 1999 and is a longtime member of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group She learned to weave from Lila Nelson master weaver and Vesterheim s first textile curator while she was a student at Luther College in Decorah Since then she has studied with many Norwegian teachers in the United States and in Norway Her work was included in Norwegian Folk Art The Migration of a Tradition a 1995 traveling exhibition curated by Marion Nelson former Vesterheim Executive Director and the exhibition book by the same title Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-10-07-exploring-rya-mostrom/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Nålbinding, A Practical Fiber Art
    a pouch mittens and other items as time permits Most objects will be made of wool and finished by hand with a traditional fulling treatment Kathleen Ernst wrote about her experience studying nålbinding with Kate Martinson at Vesterheim Find the story here About the Instructor Kate Martinson Kate Martinson is an Emeritus Professor of Art at Luther College Decorah Iowa where she taught art education and fiber arts classes Kate is very active in professional and artistic endeavors at the local state and national levels She has taught spinning and other textile related classes throughout the United States and in Norway at Rauland Academy She has introduced nålbinding to many American fiber artists Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Getting Loopy A Gathering of Nålbinders Join other nålbinders on April 2 and 3 2016 for an informal creative weekend

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-10-14-nalbinding-practical-fiber-art/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Knitting Gloves
    Norwegian gloves and mittens and the back of the hand has a different design from the palm The design for the fingers is a continuation of the hand design and each finger matches beautifully We will also look at hand anatomy so future mittens and gloves can be made with a good fit About the Instructor Arnhild Hillesland Arnhild Hillesland from Ames Iowa is a native of Norway and has been knitting for as long as she can remember She received her Ph D in Norwegian language and literature at the University of Tromsø Since coming to the United States in 1986 she has traveled throughout the country teaching Norwegian knitting techniques to eager knitters Her work has been featured in issues of Interweave Knits and Cast On Share This Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Tumblr Share on Google Email this Page Related Things to do in Decorah and Winneshiek County Decorah Iowa in Winneshiek County is a great place to visit It s a warm and vibrant town with beautiful scenery plenty of outdoor recreation cultural and historic venues with numerous events and festivals plus a thriving artist community Read More Folk Art School Find a

    Original URL path: http://vesterheim.org/folk-art-school/classes/fiber-arts/2016-11-02-knitting-gloves-hillesland/ (2016-02-10)
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