In-Person – Color to Cloth: Weaving Inspired by Historical Folk Art

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

In-Person – Color to Cloth: Weaving Inspired by Historical Folk Art

Friday, December 3 - Sunday, December 7 with Kala Exworthy

Level of Instruction
Students must be able to warp a loom.
$350.00 Members
$400.00 Non-members
Materials Fee
Weaving drafts will be provided by the instructor, and 8/2 towel cotton in a wide selection of colors will be available for purchase on the first day of class. Please bring cash or a check payable to the instructor. A detailed supply and tool list will be provided by email (after registration) in the weeks leading up to your class. 

How can a Vesterheim artifact inspire a contemporary textile? You will study historical Norwegian folk-art objects from Vesterheim's collection and use them as inspiration for your own series of handwoven towels. Kala will guide you through color matching, final color selection, and color placement in the process of creating towels that reflect your personal aesthetic.


***This class is an in-person class at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa***

Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.


The Folk Art greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact Josh Torkelson, On-Site Program Coordinator, at or call 563-382-9681.


Enrollment Deadline: November 12

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About the Instructor

Kala Exworthy

Kala Exworthy

Kala Exworthy learned to weave in Sandefjord, Norway, in 1980. It took a few years, but she finished her BFA in fiber art at Northern Michigan University. Now, any available time is spent living her dream: enjoying her studio space and teaching at the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She says, "Weaving, with its endless possibilities, fascinates me. It's like creating a tangible story with a purpose. The texture of the thread, the color it's next to, the direction it's laying, the light it's exposed to, all influence what we see. My favorite ingredient is the color, I can play endlessly with color combinations and textures."