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Norwegian Needlecraft:Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger

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Course Overview

In this class, you will experience the practice of hardanger as a traditional Scandinavian needlecraft and cutwork tradition. Hardanger embroidery is a traditional Scandinavian handwork, enjoyed and practiced for hundreds of years (at least since 1650). In this introductory class, students will learn all the basic stitches used in hardanger as well as some of the “hazards” to avoid in order to actually cut your “finished” piece. Yes, that’s right: part of this tradition involves cutting away small pieces of the embroidered design to create beautiful patterns. The simplicity of the needlework allows for conversation and community as you learn together. Students will experience the hardanger process from start to finish on a small project and may even have time to begin a more advanced, individually selected project before two days are up. If you have interest and can count to five, you can do hardanger! Students aged 16 and up may sign up for this course. Youth ages 10 and up may attend if accompanied by an adult. Adult/child pairs will complete two projects and pay two materials fees. 

Required Tools

  • All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
  • Embroidery hoop, sharp embroidery cutting scissors, #22 tapestry needles – all materials are OPTIONAL – instructor will provide all materials needed – only bring your own if you would prefer to use your own – don’t feel you need to go out and buy them!

Session Information

This course is part of the 2024 Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday on Friday, February 16, a day-long conference that features speakers, demonstrations, and community gatherings for anyone interested in fiber! Full schedule online January 2024. 


Sat, Feb 17th, 2024  –  Sun, Feb 18th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $200.00
Materials fee: $25.00
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Meet the Instructor

Lori Zimmerman
Pine City, MN

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Norwegian Needlecraft:Taking the 'Hard' out of Hardanger