Norma Refsal 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 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
Saami-Inspired Embroidery for Embellishment
Instructors: Norma Refsal
For centuries, the circum-polar 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 Saami people and their designs.…