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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

5 days
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Sew Your Own: Wet-Felted Vest

The vest is a versatile part of everyone's wardrobe. It is a layer that adds comfort and style. When made from soft, felted wool it helps adapt your own body temperature to the outside environment in all of our Northern seasons. Men and women can make these vests - a…
Wed, Nov 11th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 15th, 2020

Past Courses Offered by Carol Colburn

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

History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts

Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirt

The Unfinished Wardrobe: a Two-Day Sew Fest