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Carol Colburn

Duluth, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Carol Colburn

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 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, 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

2¼ Days
Teaser image for Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Tired of synthetic ‘fluff’? Clad your torso with the miracle fiber: wool. Learn the history of wool, why it works, and how to maximize its performance as clothing with outdoorwear designed by Kevin Kinney, owner of Empire Canvas Wear of Duluth. In this class you will learn the basics of…
Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: Carol Colburn
2 days
Teaser image for Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

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…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Feb 17th, 2019
Instructor: Carol Colburn

Past Courses Offered by Carol Colburn

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

History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts

Northland College: Sew Your Own Workshirt

Sew Your Own: Scandinavian Work Shirt