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A Year of Swedish Handcraft Series: Felting, Wheat Weaving, Birch Bark Weaving

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A Year of Swedish Handcraft Series: Felting, Wheat Weaving, Birch Bark Weaving

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Traditions Preserved

The American Swedish Institute is in part funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board through a Folk and Traditional Arts grant.  

Felting:

Primarily utilizing Icelandic wool for the felting workshop feltmaker Judy McDowell guides participants to learn the material and explore a variety of forms from felted boots to flat pieces. 

Wheat Weaving/ Straw Work:

Wheat weaving is taught by Caryl Tamte who has taught the medium for 25 years. Identified in North America as wheat weaving, it is tradition in Europe known as straw work. A folk art with a 5,000 year old history.

Birch Bark Weaving: 

Fred Livesay is instructor of the birch bark weaving series for adults and children. Basketry , knife sheaths, rings, ornaments etc. are constructed from this natural material. Pay close attention to the tools and techniques from waxes and oils to tension of the weave in this short intro.

Enough to have you googling your morning away on these time honored traditions. Hope you enjoy.

Learn about the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies:

www.hemslojden.org/in-english/the-national-association