Scandinavian Fringe Embellishments: Folk Art on the Edge(s)
In Scandinavia, yarn fringes traditionally were used to embellish the edges of mittens and of woven textiles like tablecloths or cushions. Students will learn three different techniques hands-on: one using a stick and small heddle; a two-person Swedish technique using a wooden rod; and a looping-style technique using a two-pronged, long-tined “fork.” Dense fringes can be clipped, steamed and formed into kavelfrans, a Swedish word for a fuzzy-worm-like fringe. Students will leave with many samples and a completed project: a pillow-top, edges for gloves or mittens, a pincushion or felted needle book (or more than one of those). 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.