- Level of Instruction
- All levels - beginners welcome!
Join Vesterheim Gold Medalist Laura Demuth and explore not only a popular traditional Scandinavian handcraft but also a popular cultural folk-art form practiced across the globe in varied textile traditions. The woven band played an important role in traditional Norwegian clothing. Bands were used to close or support clothing in ways that we now use buttons, zippers, snaps, or velcro. They also added beauty and interest to an item of clothing while identifying a person as coming from a particular area of Norway. Today, bands can be used as bookmarks, belts, lanyards, bag closures, and handles. In this class, we will focus on card weaving. Students will be provided with all the equipment and materials needed to weave a sample band, including assorted cards, a clamp, belt, and yarn. Students of all skill levels are welcome.
The listed class time includes three Zoom sessions on Friday, January 28 (9:00-10:30 am and 3:30-5:00 pm CT) and Saturday, January 29 (1:00-2:00 pm CT).
Supplies: A complete kit of supplies with all the equipment and materials needed to weave a sample band, including assorted cards, a clamp, belt, and yarn (a $45 value) is included in the cost of enrollment. You will need a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, and a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.
If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.
Enrollment Deadline: January 13, 2022
About the Instructor
Laura Demuth has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of fiber production, from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom. Because she lives on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah, Vesterheim has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career. Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques, and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She has taught classes in traditional Scandinavian weave structures at Vesterheim and John C. Campbell Folk School.