Barbara Berg learned hardangersøm in 1975 to help test out of a class in “Stitchery” at Iowa State University. As a student in the University Honors Program, she designed her own degree: a double major in interior design and textile craft design. Her Honors Program project was in Scandinavian design. She continued her hardangersøm study at the Valdres Husflidsskole in Fagernes, Norway. She taught many classes at the former Vanberia Scandinavian Imports store in Decorah.