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Norma Refsal

Decorah, IA
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Norma Refsal

Norma is a jewelry maker and handcrafter who draws much of her inspiration from Scandinavian technique and design. Her jewelry, knives, and creations in wood have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, and her work is worn and/or used on a daily basis by aficionados throughout North America and in Norway. Norma became interested in and familiar with many of the Scandinavian folk arts while living with her family in Norway. She currently works in metal, leather, and wood and her inspiration draws on contemporary and traditional Nordic folk art design. She and her husband, Harley, maintain studios in their home in Decorah, Iowa.

Current Courses Offered by Norma Refsal

2 Days
Teaser image for Sámi-Inspired Embroidery

Sámi-Inspired Embroidery

For centuries, the circumpolar people have embroidered pewter thread onto wool and leather to embellish clothing, bags, jewelry and other small objects. Learn this technique and develop your own designs with instructor Norma Refsal, who has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and draws inspiration from the Sámi people and their designs.…
Sat, Nov 16th, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 17th, 2019
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Sat, Feb 29th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
Instructor: Norma Refsal