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Scandinavian Tufted Wool Techniques

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Course Overview


Learn the magic of creating traditional Scandinavian-style pom-poms, edge fringe, and other wool tufting techniques commonly found on traditional costumes and historic garments in Sweden and Norway. We will focus on four different techniques and their applications on knitted and woven materials, such as the cuffs of mittens and sweaters or on the ends of woven bands. These include a traditional sewn method of creating dense and firm pom-poms, a fluffy, thick band called “kavelfrans” or “gaffelfrans” in Swedish, and two methods of creating looped or cut fringe with a small rigid heddle loom and a finger-looping method. Finishing techniques using steam will be taught to form and shape our decorative designs. There will be much inspiration to be had with examples through images of historic objects on a slideshow and discussion of variation throughout Sweden and Norway. Different regions will be explored through their use of color and pattern, as well as the appropriate times of year and occasions for which the decorative garments and accessories would have been worn. Students will leave with a completed pom-pom and samples of the other techniques, as well as a thorough understanding of how to use the methods in their own knitting, weaving, or sewing projects! They will also receive a printed copy of the slideshow presentation for their records. Students ages 12+ may register for this class. Youth ages 10+ may attend if accompanied by an adult. Adult/child pairs will complete two projects and pay two materials fees. A 25% tuition discount applies to the youth registrant when registering with a full paying adult; call to register.

Required Tools 

  • All materials and tools will be provided


Fri, Jun 21st, 2024

This course has been cancelled. We offer our deepest apologies.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Hours: 9am-noon
Tuition: $60.00
Materials fee: $10.00
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North House Folk School photo of instructor, Caroline Feyling
Caroline Feyling

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Lily Bell
Lily Bell
Wakefield, Rhode Island

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Scandinavian Tufted Wool Techniques