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Laura Ricketts

Rochester, IN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts lives in Indiana. She loves to play with color and design, and the knitting of the Sámi peoples in northern Scandinavia fits that bill while exciting her historically and culturally. She knits, crochets, spins and quilts. Lately, she has lectured and taught at Finnfest, Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum, ASI, and the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle. In between writing articles and patterns, she chases her three, school-age kids, shuttles them about and tries to attend all their events.

Current Courses Offered by Laura Ricketts

.5 days
Sami knitting techniques

Advanced Sámi Knitting Techniques

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people, and have a culture rich with fiber traditions. In Advanced Sami Knitted Mitten Techniques, students will be introduced to Sámi mittens and some of the more difficult techniques while creating a several sample swatches: right and left leaning slyngborden, three ways to…
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
.5 days
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Quilting the North Woods: A Seasonal Block of the Month Quilt

North House and the north woods are full of inspiring colors and patterns for the quilter. Laura Ricketts has designed a nine block wall-hanging with thematic blocks, as well as a North House central block. This North Woods quilt class will focus on triangles: dealing with bias in fabric and…
Sat, Feb 16th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
.5 days
Teaser image for Sámi Knitting Techniques

Sámi Knitting Techniques

The Sámi are Scandinavia’s only UN-recognized indigenous people, and have a culture rich with fiber traditions. In Sámi Knitted Mitten Techniques, students will be introduced to Sami mittens and four characteristics which set them apart: cuffs, thumbs, decreases and braids (with or without tassels). We will create a sample swatch…
Wed, Feb 13th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts
.5 days
Skolt Sami hat

Skolt Sami Inspired Hat

The Skolt Sami people’s homeland is where the modern countries of Norway, Russia and Finland meet. There are several subsets of the Sami people. Traditional dress and language is unique and can vary as widely as the Danish language and traditional dress differs from a rural Norwegian dialect and dress.…
Thu, Feb 14th, 2019
Instructor: Laura Ricketts

Past Courses Offered by Laura Ricketts

Karesuando Mittens: Swedish Sámi Mittens from the Far North

Sámi Knitting Traditions- Skolt Sámi Sampler

Sami Knitting Traditions: Kautokeino Child's Mittens

Sami Knitting Traditions: Skolt Mittens

Two-Thumbed Arctic Fisherman’s Mittens