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Melba Granlund

Minneapolis, MN
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Melba Granlund has been living and breathing folk traditions since childhood. With a focus on traditional techniques, she has studied many forms of textile handcrafts, receiving both formal and informal instruction in the U.S. as well as in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Her teaching philosophy encompasses not only the techniques, but also the historical and cultural context in which they were developed. Melba strives to instill an appreciation of the beauty and uniqueness of Scandinavian handcraft traditions in her students so these skills and techniques are not lost or forgotten.

Current Courses Offered by Melba Granlund

1 Day
Teaser image for Swedish Toothbrush Rugs

Swedish Toothbrush Rugs

Toothbrush rugs are attributed to Swedish immigrants who brought this somewhat obscure tradition with them to America in the late 19th century. The Extension Service seized upon the idea and began teaching the technique to persons looking for a means of self-support following WWI and the Great Depression when the…
Thu, Oct 1st, 2020
Instructor: Melba Granlund
5 Days
Teaser image for Warp-Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave

Warp-Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave

The warp-weighted loom has a more than 9,000 year history as a vital tool of everyday life. Instructors Melba Granlund and Jess Hirsch have updated this fascinating tool into a tabletop version better suited to the modern home and habits. In this unique combination course, students will learn both woodworking…
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020  –  Sun, Oct 4th, 2020
Instructors: Melba Granlund, Jess Hirsch