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Carol Colburn

Duluth, MN
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Carol teaches sewing workshops at North House that incorporate traditional Scandinavian textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Through her travels, she has found inspiration in the everyday as well as the festive textile and clothing traditions of Scandinavia. Her numerous publications discuss the design, techniques, and meanings behind Norwegian folk textiles, including clothing and household items. She taught period clothing design, pattern making, and sewing in universities before she began teaching focused heritage sewing workshops at Vesaas Farm Studio in Telemark, Norway; Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa; and at North House. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments that are ultimately practical for the northern climate.

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Current Courses Offered by Carol Colburn

3¼ days
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Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat

A blanket coat made from a Hudson Bay-style blanket is an inspiring and distinctive example of style and craft. In this skill-building workshop, students will gain the patterning, fitting, and sewing skills they need to create their own unique blanket coat. Made from new or recycled wool blankets, these coats…
Thu, Nov 21st, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
5 Days
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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Bring a garment that you love - or cannot live without. You will not have to take it apart! You will learn to make a pattern that duplicates the cut, and even adds features such as more pockets or design details. Three techniques for copying patterns from existing garments will…
Wed, Jan 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Jan 19th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
3¼ Days
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Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirt

It works! Sew your own Scandinavian work shirt, designed for comfort and for your favorite outdoor activities. Learn a lifelong skill while creating a shirt you will love to wear. Traditional shirts in Scandinavian countries are great for layering and are designed for outdoor life. Natural fiber striped fabrics of…
Thu, Sep 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Sep 29th, 2019
Day 1: 5-8pm; Days 2-4: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 Days
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The Unfinished Wardrobe: a Two-Day Sew Fest

Do you have a sewing project that never quite got started or that needs some TLC to get it off the shelf and into your closet? Bring it to North House for our ‘Unfinished Wardrobe’ sewing festival. Enjoy the company of others who love sewing, while making progress on your…
Sat, Feb 15th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 16th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Carol Colburn

Past Courses Offered by Carol Colburn

History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts

Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt