A skinnfell is a coverlet made of sheepskins sewn together. The smooth side of the coverlet might be printed with solar and water motifs, plants, animals, hearts, and flowing borders, or it might be covered with a handwoven textile. The coverlet is placed over the sleeper with the warm, wool side down. You will make a small cradle-sized or throw-sized skinnfell from one or two sheepskins. You will learn about selecting the skins, hand-sewing techniques, and printing with wooden blocks and ink traditionally made from bark. Britt will also include information on how to add a woven textile, as was the custom in parts of Norway. There is a materials fee, including the fee for the skins.
Britt Solheim, of Gjøvik, Norway, has a background in health care and education. In recent years she has been teaching classes in skinnfell sewing and printing in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. She also produces both traditional and modern skinnfeller. Her book Skinnfeller du kan lage selv (Skinnfells You Can Make Yourself) was published in 2006.