Handcraft at Home: Needle Felting

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Handcraft at Home: Needle Felting

Register by April 25! with Anna Ruhland

Level of Instruction
Supplies are for one adult and one child, age 8 and up.
$30.00 Members
$30.00 Non-members

Learn how to needle felt in this virtual class where we will make a wearable object! Needle felting is a traditional process that uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. You will make a brooch by needle felting an image onto a piece of fabric that gets mounted on a pin backing. Once you are finished, you can wear your pin on your favorite coat or decorate a special bag! Show off your love for craft and Scandinavia with something cool that you made!

Supplies: The $30-per-family price covers the cost of a special folk-art class kit designed for two participants to explore needle-felting. Kit includes all folk-art materials needed, some images as inspiration from the Vesterheim Collection, and a treat.

Special Instructions: This series has been designed to facilitate an intergenerational folk-art experience for an adult and child duo to do together. Because of the specialized folk-art materials in each kit, we recommend this activity for children over the age of eight with adult supervision.

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to. 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.

Note: This program has been designed for families to experience on their own schedules.  There is no live Zoom event and no scheduled class time – your family can participate anytime during the month when it works for your schedule!  Kits are mailed out in time for you to be able to begin your project on May 1. Only one adult should register for the intergenerational family duo.

This is a youth and family-oriented program designed for adults and children ages 8-18. We offer online adult folk art classes on our website here.

Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (aellingsen@vesterheim.org).

Enrollment Deadline: April 22, 2021

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Supported by the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund Phase 1, an initiative of Arts Midwest and its peer United States Regional Arts Organizations made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Anna Ruhland

Anna Ruhland is a multi-disciplinary artist and youth educator who specializes in textile and traditional folk-craft. Her work focuses on dispelling the notion that craft is "lesser women's work." Anna spent a year as a Craft Education Intern at North House Folk School in Minnesota and prior to that she was involved in art education programs for youth. She now teaches at an elementary school in the Twin Cities as well as through various cultural museums and arts organizations. Some of her current craft endeavors include honing in on her ancestral textile heritage, block printing, lace making, teaching youth how to use their hands and minds for creativity, honoring space for growth, and opening herself up to the fact that there will always be new things to learn from everyone.