Hedebo is a unique form of needlework that originated in Denmark in the late 1700s and later came to Norway. This class is designed to teach beginners the basic stitches and refresh skills for those who have already learned. Thread rings, buttonhole stitches, and pyramids are combined to make interesting forms of needle lace that can be used in fabric, as an edging, or independently. Hedebosøm is very adaptable and can be used to make heirloom pieces for special occasions, such as baptisms, confirmations, and weddings or simple gift items such as Christmas tree ornaments and bookmarks.
Roger Buhr, Decorah, Iowa, has stitched hedebosøm for twenty years and has taught courses at Vesterheim and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. He is a retired Lutheran pastor with a love of history.