Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments: Folk Art on the Edge(s)
In Scandinavia, fringes from yarn were traditionally used to embellish the edges of mittens, of woven textiles like tablecloths or wall hangings, or pillows. Students will learn three different techniques hands-on: one using a stick and playing-card-sized heddle with one slot and two holes; a two-person technique winding fringe on a stick; and a looping-style technique using a two-pronged, long-tined “fork.” Dense fringes can be clipped and formed into kavelfrans, a Swedish word for a fuzzy-worm-like fringe. Not only will students create a pillow with a graphic kavelfrans design, they will leave with samples and ideas for many more projects. Inspiration will be gained through a slide presentation and discussion of traditional objects, as well as liberal experimentation during class. Knitters, weavers, and other fiber enthusiasts will enjoy adding these techniques to their textile toolboxes. No experience required.
You will need the following tools for this class:
portable sewing machine (if possible)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.