Introduction to Sámi-Inspired Embroidery

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Introduction to Sámi-Inspired Embroidery

August 15, 2020 (9:00AM-4:00PM CDT) with Norma Refsal

Level of Instruction
All levels. Adults 18 and older.
$75.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

Find your thimbles and get ready to learn the basic yet versatile technique of Sámi-inspired embroidery! During this introduction class, we will work with the traditional materials of reindeer leather, pewter thread, and wool, and learn the basics of the very old method of surface embellishment simply referred to as “embroidery.” As we explore materials and techniques, students will have the opportunity to create pieces that can be used—pendants, brooches, or zipper pulls. Examples of couching metal thread onto garments has been found on fragments of textiles from the Viking graves of Birka (Sweden) dated to the tenth century and on Sámi textiles as early as the 1600s.

The listed class time includes two Zoom sessions as well as time on your own, spent working on the embroidery technique.

Supplies: A kit of supplies (a $45 value) for creating three pieces is included in the cost of enrollment. Each student will need to supplement the kit with their own sharp scissors; water soluble, clear-drying glue (such as Scotch High Performance Glue or Tacky Glue); a couple of toothpicks to use as glue applicator; your favorite thimble (if you are used to sewing with one); a ruler that measures in metric; and small pliers. Good light is helpful! You'll also need 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 invitation sent to.

Enrollment Deadline: August 5, 2020


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About the Instructor

Norma Refsal
Norma Refsal
Norma Refsal

Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the twenty-first century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.