Online – FamilieKlubb: Needlefelt an Ornament!

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online – FamilieKlubb: Needlefelt an Ornament!

Register by November 17 with Evelyn Galstad and Anna Ruhland

Level of Instruction
Supplies are for one adult and one child, age 8 and up.
$20.00 Members
$20.00 Non-members

Looking for a fun way to explore Norwegian culture with your family on your own schedule? FamilieKlubb is for you! Learn some Norwegian words and phrases and a new Scandinavian handcraft each month, and do it when it works for your family's schedule!

Join youth educator and folk artist Anna Ruhland and learn how to needle felt in this online class where we will make ornaments just in time for the holidays! Needle felting is a traditional process that uses barbed needles to interlock wool fibers to form a more condensed material. You will make ornaments by needle felting an image onto a piece of fabric. Once you are finished, you can use the ornaments to decorate your tree or wrap them up as a handmade Christmas gift. Show off your love for craft and Scandinavia with something cool that you made! In addition, language instructor Evelyn Galstad will help you learn some Norwegian words and phrases.

Supplies: The $20-per-family price covers the cost of a special folk-art class kit designed for two participants to explore baking. Kit includes all folk-art materials needed, some images as inspiration from the Vesterheim Collection, and a treat.

Registration and Shipping Instructions: Kits are mailed out in time for you to begin your project on December 1. Only one adult should register for the intergenerational family duo. 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 communications to be sent to. You will receive links to the video sessions by email. 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.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

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 materials in each kit, we recommend this activity for children over the age of eight with adult supervision.

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! On the first of the month, you will receive an email with the links to the teaching video.

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.

Enrollment Deadline: November 17, 2021

Support for Vesterheim's FamilieKlubb programs is provided by the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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About the Instructors

Evelyn  Galstad

Evelyn Galstad

Evelyn Galstad, or Eddy as she is known to many, is an instructor of Norwegian language with Vesterheim. She is a recent graduate of Luther College, where she studied Vocal Performance and Nordic Studies. Last spring, Eddy worked closely with Professor Maren Johnson in an internship focused on curriculum development for Vesterheim’s after-school program, Norsk Skole. Her interest in Norwegian language and culture started young, beginning with her family ties to Norway and then deepened as she started attending Skogfjorden, the Norwegian village at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota. For the past four summers, Eddy has taught Norwegian at Skogfjorden and has loved her time there. She is so excited to continue teaching at Vesterheim and cannot wait for the adventures ahead!


Learn a little more about Vesterheim’s Folk Art School Instructors, and meet Evelyn in this video.

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.