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Himmeli: Finnish Geometric Mobiles Online Course

Course Overview

Himmeli is a Nordic tradition brought to Minnesota by Finnish immigrants. Traditionally hung above a table or dining area, these intricate and beautiful geometric mobiles are a Christmas tradition and a link to old folk farming beliefs for ensuring a bountiful harvest. However, Himmeli can be enjoyed all year round though! 

Students will construct a medium sized mobile. They will learn the skills to create a Keski Pohjanmaa himmeli style which is common on the Iron Ranges of Minnesota. Cultural traditions and history of the craft will emphasize himmeli use in Finland as well as similar traditions in other Nordic and Baltic countries.

Required Tools

Students will receive a mailed kit from the instructor containing all the supplies for the project including instructions, straw, needle, thread, and beads.

Additional equipment students will need to provide:  

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • An old towel and/or paper towel
  • Container (non-food) to soak straw - at least 10 inches long to fit the length of straw.
  • A laptop or desktop computer with reliable internet access

Session Information

Registration closes November 17 so the instructor has time to mail out materials. 


Fri, Dec 1st, 2023  –  Fri, Dec 8th, 2023

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Hours: 6:30-8:30pm CT October 1 and 8
Tuition: $80.00
Materials fee: $35.00
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Meet the Instructor

Mary Erickson
Mountain Iron, MN

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Himmeli: Finnish Geometric Mobiles Online Course