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Skinnfeller: Norwegian Printed Sheepskins

Course Overview

Skinnfeller is a traditional Norwegian textile craft that until recently was little known in the United States. Though many textiles made the journey across the Atlantic with thousands of Norwegian immigrant families, for reasons lost to history these sewn and decorated sheepskins are rarely seen in collections in the US. Made of soft brain-tanned sheepskins and decorated with carved wooden block prints, skinfeller are gorgeous pieces of folk art that tell personal and cultural stories. In this course, students will have a choice of sewing either a chair covering/ lap blanket or a babypose using imported Norwegian sheep skins that they will decorate by printing with pre-carved birch blocks. Instructor Karin Aakre has studied this craft in Norway and is working to breathe new life into the practice in the United States, using a few modern techniques to create beautiful family heirloom pieces. The skills learned in this course can be applied to other items such as mittens, boots, wristlets and blankets. The materials fee covers 2 imported Pelasua sheepskins, thread, paint and use of the woodblocks. No experience is necessary, but this class will involve extensive hand-sewing, so some basic needlework will be helpful.

Dates

Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 2 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $170.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($200-$400, depending on sheepskin choices)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • leather thimble
  • sturdy sewing scissors

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.