Høstfest University

 

Høstfest University offers a unique hands-on learning opportunity. Accomplished instructors well recognized in their areas of expertise teach Scandinavian folk art classes such as rosemaling, wood carving, jewelry design, fiber arts and more. Instructors share their skills in a small group classroom setting where you receive personalized assistance and complete a project to take home.

 

Master Instructors teach more unique, complex classes but with projects suitable for beginners. These instructors are highly qualified and the teacher-student ratio is lower to allow for more individual assistance. All classes are limited in size by the instructor to maintain a supportive teaching environment but class sizes and feesvary based on complexity of the art form and costs of materials and tools. Check out our Instructors page to learn more about our teachers this year!

 

All classes are open to beginners and many instructors supply necessary tools. That way, participants have opportunity to try a craft before making an investment in tools.  Choose from more than 20 classes offered Wednesday through Saturday.

 

REMINDER - ADMISSION: General admission is required for admission into the festival and to get to any HU class, but you will be able to enjoy all day at Norsk Høstfest. If you have a concert ticket for the day of your HU class, remember that you will get complimentary general admission with your concert ticket.

 

NEW THIS YEAR - NIGHT CLASSES!

In response to input from past participants, this year’s Høstfest University offers mini (or shorter) classes and evening classes for the first time.

 

You’ll love our evening Friday Family and Friends selections! Enjoy all day at Norsk Høstfest through your general admission ticket, then cap it off with an evening of fun and learning taking any of three night classes at Høstfest University. Or get in for only $15 after 4 pm, grab some dinner and take in a free stage show before you head to the night class. It’s an informal setting that includes a Scandinavian pastry tasting and classrooms located adjacent to one another. So it’s easy to mix and match classes according to your group members’ preferences and still pop in to see what your family member or friend is doing next door if you don’t choose the same class.
 

 

PRE-REGISTER!

Pre-registration guarantees you a spot and saves you money! Also, the majority of classes last year were sold out by the time the festival opened. So pre-registration is the best way to take advantage of this opportunity! When you pre-register, you also will need to purchase general admission for the day, or have a concert ticket (that comes with complimentary general admission). General admission is only $35 when ordered before August 1! After August 1, general admission increased to $40.

 

OTHER DETAILS

Høstfest University Store is located in Oslo Hall. You can register here during the festival for classes that may still have openings. Master Instructors Harley and Norma Refsal demonstrate basic carving and Sami embroidery when they aren’t teaching.

 

Classrooms are located on an upper level. Escort access will be arranged for participants with mobility issues. If stairs are a barrier for you, please indicate that need when you register.

 

Høstfest University is designed for adult participants, but we encourage families learning together. Young people 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 

 

WEDNESDAY COURSES

 

One Carrot (Carat) Necklace Mini Class • $35

Time: 10 am - 12 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

When you complete this class, you will have a unique “one-carat” necklace that will draw admiration from friends and strangers alike.  “If you can peel a carrot, you can carve a wooden figure,” Harley tells students as he teaches Scandinavian-style flat plane carving.  Recognized nationally and internationally for his skills, Harley received a coveted award from the King of Norway. In this mini class, you carve, paint and make a lanyard for your carrot necklace so you can wear it at Høstfest. You will learn how to carve safely and efficiently using a very sharp whittling knife and wearing a cut-resistant carving glove. While you carve, you’ll learn about the historical and cultural background behind the flat plane style of carving. If you just want to try your hand at carving before making an investment, Harley will lend you a whittling knife and cut-resistant safety glove. He will also have gloves and knives available for purchase.

 

Materials Fee: $5 for wood block, paint and lanyard for necklace; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“I liked very much that Harley explained the history and how it is used today. Fantastic!” – 2017 participant

 

Food Art: Scandinavian Open-Faced Sandwiches • $30


Time: 10 -12 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26

Instructor: Darlene Fossum-Martin

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Smørrebrød - it’s so much more than bread and butter! Join Instructor Darlene Fossum-Martin for lunch as she demonstrates the art of creating the open-face sandwich. Smørrebrød (Danish), smørbrød (Norwegian) and smörgås (Swedish) literally means bread and butter artfully constructed from slices of bread and tidbits of colorful and tasty food, in their lettuce leaf frills and cress garnishes. Its attraction lies in the rich and imaginative combinations of food. You will learn the artful way of creating smørrebrød and complementary ingredients to use. You will also learn how to prepare a couple time honored recipes such as lax/gravlax, a sugar and dill cured salmon that is a favorite in many Scandinavian countries and not complicated to prepare. Towards the end of the demonstration, participants will learn how to set an attractive cold buffet table and construct your own smørrebrød to enjoy together in class. Recipes and ideas for setting up your own smørrebrød table will be included. Darlene is a Norwegian food specialist with extensive experience teaching traditional Scandinavian immigrant food. She learned Norwegian cooking from the women in her family and expanded her interest and skills during the years she lived in Norway.


Materials fee: Taster’s fee of $10.00 includes open-face sandwich and two side dishes, students will pay instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

 


Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 

 

Master Instructor Norma Refsal crisscrosses the United States teaching classes in Sami-inspired bracelets, an art form she was introduced to when she and her husband Harley lived in Norway and traveled to Sweden.  Norma educates and inspires her students to appreciate the uniqueness and history of this fine jewelry as they make their own bracelet.   The materials used, reindeer leather, reindeer antler button and pewter thread, come from suppliers in Sweden.  Using spun pewter thread, you braid, twist and weave patterns into an exquisite bracelet that fastens with a button make of shed reindeer antler.  The techniques used to create this handcrafted bracelet are based on the long-standing handwork traditions of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle.  Custom made to fit your wrist, your bracelet will be a piece your will never tire of wearing.  Last year, all of Norma’s classes sold out prior to Høstfest so don’t delay in registering. Beginners welcome!

Classes involve close handwork. If you need extra magnification, bring your reading glasses or a small magnifying glass. A thimble is also handy because sewing on leather is hard on fingertips. All other tools and supplies are provided. You will receive a written outline of the technique. If you want to make more bracelets, Norma has additional materials on hand or can provide you with a list of places where you can order them.

 
Materials fee: $40, students will pay materials feeto instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

“The Sami bracelet is a great class. It’s fun, informative and Norma is a very good instructor. Four of us go to Høstfest together every year and we saw this class while we were at Høstfest the previous year but it was already full. So this year we went on line opening day and made sure all four of us could get into the same class. We had a blast and now we all have Sami bracelets too!” – 2017 participant

 

Fletching - Making Viking Era Arrows • $25

Time: 2 to 4 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Instructor: Cameron Christian-Weir
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 

 

Step back into Viking era with first-time Høstfest University instructor Cameron Christian-Weir, owner of Grey Goose Bows in St. Paul, MN. Using Viking period tools and techniques, Cameron will demonstrate how a Viking period arrow is turned from a wood log into a fully fletched projectile. Cameron, who holds degrees in medieval history, is a wealth of information as he guides you through this process, demonstrating the use of various hand tools, explaining arrow designs and purposes, etc. Then it’s your turn to make a traditional arrow, using hand tools and protective equipment that Cameron provides. The arrow you make will be fully functional although Cameron recommends you use it for display. Period arrowheads used in this class are not legal to shoot in many states so it’s better to just impress your family and friends by showing them your creative abilities! If you like this class, Cameron has arrow making kits on hand that you can purchase.

 
Materials fee: $20, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

 

 

 

THURSDAY COURSES

 

Woodcarving: Nordic Horse Mini Class • $35

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Find out if carving is one of your hidden talents in this class where Master Instructor Harley Refsal leads you through the process of carving and painting a Nordic horse. Harley, who has the distinction of being named Woodcarver of the Year in 2012 byWoodcarving Illustrated Magazine, will have various styles and sizes of wood blocks available for your selection, depending on how you plan to display your creation: wear it as a necklace, put it on a key chain, hang it on your Christmas tree, etc. These wooden Nordic horses served as toys long ago in Dalarna, Sweden, where they originated. Today the Nordic style horse has become a national symbol in Sweden.  Each of Harley's classes introduces you to the Scandinavian-style of flat plane carving that is his specialty.  While you carve, you’ll learn about the historical and cultural background behind this style. If you just want to try your hand at carving before making an investment, Harley will lend you a whittling knife and cut-resistant safety glove. He will also have gloves and knives available for purchase. All levels of carvers – and noncarvers- are welcome!

 

Materials fee: $5 for wood block, paint and lanyard for wearable jewelry; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

Scandinavian Tablet Weaving • $65

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27
Instructor: Kelsey Patton
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 

 

Dig into a Scandinavian inspired craft with its beginnings in the Bronze Age as you learn the basics of weaving tablet-woven bands. Most tablet weavers produce narrow work such as belts, straps, or garment trims. If you don’t have an idea how to use your creation, you will by the time Kelsey has guided you through the process. Some ideas you may consider include stunning belts, straps for bags and purses, bookmarks, clothing decorations and straps for iPhones and iPads. Tablet woven decorations are still seen on belts on Norwegian bunads (name for Norwegian folk costume) and remain popular in parts of the world such as Turkey, Pakistan and Mongolia. This is a craft form that requires little financial investment if you decide to continue using your new skills. Materials that lend themselves for use in this art form include wool, linen, silk, gold and silver thread.
 

Material fee: $15, students must bring a sturdy leather belt to class for use in weaving; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Kelsey is a patient, well informed instructor! I would recommend her highly.” – 2017 participant

 

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27

Instructor: Norma Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Master Instructor Norma Refsal crisscrosses the United States teaching classes in Sami-inspired bracelets, an art form she was introduced to when she and her husband Harley lived in Norway and traveled to Sweden. Norma educates and inspires her students to appreciate the uniqueness and history of this fine jewelry as they make their own bracelet. The materials used, reindeer leather, reindeer antler button and pewter thread, come from suppliers in Sweden. Using spun pewter thread, you braid, twist and weave patterns into an exquisite bracelet that fastens with a button make of shed reindeer antler. The techniques used to create this handcrafted bracelet are based on the long-standing handwork traditions of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle. Custom made to fit your wrist, your bracelet will be a piece your will never tire of wearing.

“This bracelet-without-backing technique gives students the opportunity to choose a design and closure option,” Norma says. “There are many ways to create a terrific piece of jewelry inspired by traditional Sami materials and still tailor each one to the time and abilities of the student.”

 

Classes involve close handwork. If you need extra magnification, bring your reading glasses or a small magnifying glass. A thimble is also handy because sewing on leather is hard on fingertips. All other tools and supplies are provided. You will receive a written outline of the technique. If you want to make more bracelets, Norma has additional materials on hand or can provide you with a list of places where you can order them. Last year, all of Norma’s classes sold out prior to Høstfest so don’t delay in registering. Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $40, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Sami bracelets is a great class! I’ve taken it more than once and enjoy wearing both bracelets, each a little different, at the same time. Norma is really a great teacher!” – 2017 participant
 

 

 

Knitting A Nordic Beret • $60

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27

Instructor: Tammy Barclay

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Did you know there are knitters' books with over 150 Scandinavian motifs and designs? And that there are stitching patterns and yarns particularly suitable for Scandinavian projects? Learn more about the Scandinavian side of knitting from Instructor Tammy Barclay who will help you knit your own Scandinavian beret or hat. To take this class, you should have a basic knowledge of knitting, including casting on, knit stitch and purl stitch. Skills to be learned in this class include knitting in the round, decreases, and working with two colors.

 

 

What To Bring: 

You should bring the following materials: worsted weight wool (#3 weight), 1 skein (about 260 yards) each of a dark color and a light color, size 4 16" circular needle and a set of size 4 double pointed needles.

 

 

Materials fee: $30, if you don’t bring your own materials. Students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

Metal Stamped Ring • $50

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27

Instructor: Katherine Kretchmar

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Design your own Viking era ring as you learn metal stamping techniques under the direction of Viking Instructor Katherine Kretchmar, who provides tools and stamps needed for this class. Beginning with a shaped flat sheet, you form your ring using a leather mallet and a steel tool. Select from Viking Age stamps of various shapes and styles to individualize your design, which you do using a hammer and metal punch. Metal punched jewelry dates back to the Viking Age and is still popular today. Metal stamping can be done on a variety of soft metals such as bronze, silver, brass, copper, pewter, gold and aluminum. This class gives you opportunity to see if this is an art form you’d like to pursue before having to make any investments in tools. Beginners (and couples!) welcome!

 

Materials fee: $10 for a ring made of bronze, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

Kolrosing Carving • $75

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 27

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Kolrosing (coal rosing) is an old decorative Scandinavian craft that can be basically compared to wood tattooing. Old-time Scandinavians made kitchen utensils and decorated them using coal dust or pine bark sawdust to highlight and darken detail. Class participants will use a whittling knife to make their smørkniv, (sandwich spreader similar to a butter knife). Smørknivs are essential in a Scandinavian kitchen because smørbrød (open-faced sandwich) is so popular in Scandinavian culture! Once you make your smørkniv, you will do the kolrosing, which is to incise designs such as simple borders, geometric lines, leaves and vines into your project. It’s easy to learn kolrosing basics in one class. And it's a great class for everyone from beginners to advanced carvers because you can design your kolrosed smørkniv simple - or complex! You will want to go home and expand this art form on your own.

 

Materials fee: $6 for wood and materials, additional $19 to purchase knife and glove (or participants can use a knife and glove provided by Harley); students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Hey Mr. Harley, “I wanted to show you the spoon I just made. I kolrosed (if that is indeed a word) the name of the spoon on the handle in Elder Futhark runes. (It says "Shovel Head"). Thanks again for the class in Minot!” – 2017 participant who sent Harley photos of several kolrosed projects he did following Harley’s class.

 

 

FRIDAY

Carving A Tomte or Nisse • $75

Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

During cold, severe winters, first the Vikings, then the Nordic Scandinavians and later Scandinavian American immigrants passed time assembled around the fire sharing mythical stories as they carved wooden characters from their imagination. One of the most familiar creatures in Scandinavian folklore is a mythological creature with a long white beard and knit cap that assumed a variety of personalities and identities. In Norwegian or Danish, he was known as a Nisse; in Swedish, as a Tomte and in Finnish, Tonttu. Instructor Harley Refsal will educate you in the history and folklore as he guides you through the Scandinavian flat plane carving style that has made him famous and will inspire you to do more carving. Make your own Nisse, Tomte or Tonttu and take it home to protect your house from those trolls and evil spirits in the woods! Beginners and men and women of all levels of carving experience are welcome. Harley will lend you a whittling knife and a cut-resistant safety glove to use during the course. ---he will also have them for sale.

 

Materials fee: $28, includes one basswood block, beginner whittling knife and cut- resistant glove; or $10 total for basswood block and class-time usage of a glove and knife provided by Harley; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Harley was a great instructor! We had such fun learning from him and doing this class together. It was a great class and good time, really fun.”  – 2017 participant who was one of three female friends who took the class together
 

 

 

Telemark Rosemaling Mini Class • $60

Time: 10 am - 12 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Nancy Schmidt

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Participants who take this shorter, simpler Telemark rosemaling class will make an ornament that still gives them opportunity to learn and practice the free form, classic Telemark style. Characterized by C and S scrolls with stylized or fantasy flowers, Telemark rosemaling is the most recognized in America. In Norway, rosemaling styles vary somewhat because they reflect the regions where they originated. Gold Medal winter and Master Instructor Nancy Schmidt will teach this class. It’s a great opportunity to try your hand at rosemaling without having to make a large investment in paints, brushes and your time. But don’t delay registering. Rosemaling classes were the first to sell out last year!

 

Materials fee: $20, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Nancy is not just a wonderful rosemaler. She’s a wonderful teacher too.” – 2017 participant

 

Smørrebrød (Danish Open-Faced Sandwiches) • $30

Time: 10 am - 12 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Darlene Fossum-Martin

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Smørrebrød - it’s so much more than bread and butter! Join Instructor Darlene Fossum-Martin for lunch as she demonstrates the art of creating the open-face sandwich. Smørrebrød (Danish), smørbrød (Norwegian) and smörgås (Swedish) literally means bread and butter artfully constructed from slices of bread and tidbits of colorful and tasty food, in their lettuce leaf frills and cress garnishes. Its attraction lies in the rich and imaginative combinations of food. You will learn the artful way of creating smørrebrød and complementary ingredients to use. You will also learn how to prepare a couple time honored recipes such as lax/gravlax, a sugar and dill cured salmon that is a favorite in many Scandinavian countries and not complicated to prepare. Towards the end of the demonstration, participants will learn how to set an attractive cold buffet table and construct your own smørrebrød to enjoy together in class. Recipes and ideas for setting up your own smørrebrød table will be included. Darlene is a Norwegian food specialist with extensive experience teaching traditional Scandinavian immigrant food. She learned Norwegian cooking from the women in her family and expanded her interest and skills during the years she lived in Norway.

 

Materials fee: Taster’s fee of $10.00 includes open-face sandwich and two side dishes, students will pay instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

 

Tomte and Tree Table Runner • $50

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Learn two Nordic art forms in this class: dimensional needle felting with wool and wool applique techniques. For many centuries, people living in the Nordic cultures have embellished their clothing and folk costumes with needle felting and brightly dyed wool applique. Fiber Artist Bonnie Lundorff will keep you busy – and laughing and learning – as you make a runner that has a tomte (a mischievous domestic sprite in Scandinavian lore) that is needle felted and a wool appliqued tree. You will also learn about different types of wool and how to use wool applique in a variety of ways. Bonnie creates needle-felting patterns and teaches folk art and quilting classes throughout the Midwest. Beginners welcome, but students should have a basic knowledge of stitching by hand. All tools will be supplied.

 

Materials fee: $25 for the kit, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Bonnie is a fantastic instructor. The class I took was so fun. I am looking forward to seeing her back in 2018.” – 2017 participant

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Norma Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Master Instructor Norma Refsal crisscrosses the United States teaching classes in Sami-inspired bracelets, an art form she was introduced to when she and her husband Harley lived in Norway and traveled to Sweden. Norma educates and inspires her students to appreciate the uniqueness and history of this fine jewelry as they make their own bracelet. The materials used, reindeer leather, reindeer antler button and pewter thread, come from suppliers in Sweden. Using spun pewter thread, you braid, twist and weave patterns into an exquisite bracelet that fastens with a button make of shed reindeer antler. The techniques used to create this handcrafted bracelet are based on the long-standing handwork traditions of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle. Custom made to fit your wrist, your bracelet will be a piece your will never tire of wearing. Last year, all of Norma’s classes sold out prior to Høstfest so don’t delay in registering. Beginners welcome!


Classes involve close handwork. If you need extra magnification, bring your reading glasses or a small magnifying glass. A thimble is also handy because sewing on leather is hard on fingertips. All other tools and supplies are provided. You will receive a written outline of the technique. If you want to make more bracelets, Norma has additional materials on hand or can provide you with a list of places where you can order them.
 

Materials fee: $40, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“The Sami bracelet is a great class. It’s fun, informative and Norma is a very good instructor. Four of us go to Høstfest together every year and we saw this class while we were at Høstfest the previous year but it was already full. So this year we went on line opening day and made sure all four of us could get into the same class. We had a blast and now we all have Sami bracelets too!” – 2017 participant

 

 

Friends and Family Night! Grab a friend or two and plan your night of creativity. Enjoy Scandinavian pastries, non alcoholic beverages and an intimate, fun-filled setting where you choose to weave a beautiful bracelet or learn the art of rug hooking or kolrosing without the investment in tools. All of these classes are ideal for beginners! Kolrosing is targeted to women, but if you want to make it a night out with your spouse or partner, men are welcome too!

 

Nordisk Tulipan Rug Hooking • $65

Time: 6 to 9 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Following Bonnie Lundorff’s Høstfest University teaching debut in 2017, some class participants requested that she teach a class in Nordic rug hooking if she returned this year. Bonnie has chosen this Nordisk Tulipan hooked hanging because it is a well-recognized, popular design in Scandinavian countries. Because rug hooking involves an investment of $60 or more in tools, this class is limited to 10 students. All necessary tools will be provided for use in the class. “I really want people to know that they love the technique before they make the investment,” Bonnie says. Obviously, this class is targeted to beginners but seasoned rug hookers are welcome!


Materials fee: $30, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

“Love, Love, Loved her class. Bring Bonnie back! She was fantastic and has a great sense of humor. She made the class so enjoyable that the time went too fast.” - 2017 participant

 

Trichonopoly: Weave it, wear it • $65

Time: 6 to 9 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Ashlyn Noble

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Trichonopoly isn’t as tricky to learn as the word may make it sound, especially when you take this class under the direction of Ashlyn Noble. Ashlyn, a first-time Høstfest University instructor, is a Viking re-enactor and enthusiast who is accomplished in this art form. Wire weaving jewelry techniques have resurfaced in the last 10 years as trendy jewelry options. But this art form actually originated in 9th century Scandinavia, shortly after the development of drawn wire. The art form involves threading long pieces of wire continuously around a dowel and intertwining them to make intricate patterns. The wire rope is then pulled through a draw plate to compress the weave and the ends are finished with wire wraps or metal cones. Vikings used wire weaving for trim on their clothing, arm braces and other decorative items. Ashlyn can also help you with direction to find good resources to continue wire weaving on your own. This is a very affordable art form that you can expand and make more complex and decorative as you learn more techniques. For your home project, make a necklace to match the bracelet you will leave with at the end of this class!

 

Material fees: $10 per student, students pay materials fee upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

 

Kolrosing  • $65

Time: 6 to 9 pm, Friday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Darlene Fossum Martin

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

WOMEN IN WOODCARVING: A ‘COOL’-ROSING EXPERIENCE

Welcome to the age-old tradition of kolrosing through hands on crafting where you will kolrose (incise designs on wood) a Nordic style necklace, small wooden plate or spoon. Instructor Darlene Fossum-Martin, education specialist with Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum, leads this class focusing on a Norwegian craft that was born centuries ago. Kolrosing (pronounced "coal rosing) or barkrosing) is a method of decorating simple wooden objects. In the early years, kolrosed designs were generally geometric designs. They evolved to include influences from rosemaling where flowers, leaves and vine forms are used. "It amazes me that one can take a wooden object, purchased or carved yourself, incise a simple design into the wood, rub the incision with wood dust, oil it and have an awesome piece of handwork that you created yourself with little effort,” Darlene says. “And it’s such an easy art that you can use to add a special touch to an already handmade gift.”

 

Materials fee: $15.00 for basswood practice board, and the choice of two items: small wooden spoon, butter spreader, toothpick holder, necklace and the use of a kolrosing knife provided by Darlene. Kolrosing knives will be available for purchase at $32.00. Students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
 

 

 

 

SATURDAY

 

Needle Felting: Sculpting a Tulipan Hanging • $30

Time: 9 to 11 am, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Hang this on your wall with pride and share your Nordic fiber arts experience with guests when they visit you. Needle felt this whimsical piece under the guidance of Fiber Artist Bonnie Lundorff, honored as the featured designer in the 2017 issue of Wool Works, a nationally circulated fiber arts magazine. Using a special barbed needle, you will learn to tangle or fuse wool fibers together, building on them to sculpt beautiful images. This project teaches flat felting, a way to embellish wool fabric with dyed wool roving. Bonnie will provide the tools needed for this class. Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $25, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Bonnie is such a fun and excellent instructor!”– 2017 participant
 

 

 

Rosemaling Telemark Style • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Nancy Schmidt

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Rosemaling Gold Medal Award winner Master Instructor Nancy Schmidt teaches rosemaling, which sold out in two days last year and had a waiting list of eager wanna-be Nancy painters. This year, Nancy teaches a rosemaling project known as the most familiar rosemaling style and a good project for beginners, according to Nancy. In Norway, rosemaling styles vary somewhat because they reflect the regions where they originated. Telemark’s distinct, free form style is characterized by C and S scrolls with stylized or fantasy flowers. Participants will learn the style and its strokes, how to mix and use the oil paints and other painting basics that culminate with a breadboard they make and take home. Because this class requires more instruction, class size is limited to fewer students than the rosemaling mini class. Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $35, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“I am willing to drive 10 hours one way just to get into Nancy’s class. If a vacancy doesn’t happen, I will still come if you let me just watch. I’ve always wanted to take a class from her.” – 2017 participant
 

 

 

Needle Felting: Tomte With Wool • $30

Time: 12  to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

This class is back by popular demand after Bonnie Lundorff taught it last year, her first year teaching at Høstfest University. Explore the Nordic folk art of needle felting, learn about different types of wool and how to do dimensional needle felting as you make your own liten tomte that you take home to protect you. (According to Scandinavian folklore, a tomte is a mischievous domestic sprite that will provide protection for your home and belongings!) Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $20, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Bonnie is a hoot. This class was so much fun! The time just flew. We had lots of laughs and learning!” -2017 participant
 

 

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Norma Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Master Instructor Norma Refsal crisscrosses the United States teaching classes in Sami-inspired bracelets, an art form she was introduced to when she and her husband Harley lived in Norway and traveled to Sweden. Norma educates and inspires her students to appreciate the uniqueness and history of this fine jewelry as they make their own bracelet. The materials used, reindeer leather, reindeer antler button and pewter thread, come from suppliers in Sweden. Using spun pewter thread, you braid, twist and weave patterns into an exquisite bracelet that fastens with a button make of shed reindeer antler. The techniques used to create this handcrafted bracelet are based on the long-standing handwork traditions of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle. Custom made to fit your wrist, your bracelet will be a piece your will never tire of wearing.

 

“This bracelet-without-backing technique gives students the opportunity to choose a design and closure option,” Norma says. “There are many ways to create a terrific piece of jewelry inspired by traditional Sami materials and still tailor each one to the time and abilities of the student.”

 

Classes involve close handwork. If you need extra magnification, bring your reading glasses or a small magnifying glass. A thimble is also handy because sewing on leather is hard on fingertips. All other tools and supplies are provided. You will receive a written outline of the technique. If you want to make more bracelets, Norma has additional materials on hand or can provide you with a list of places where you can order them. Last year, all of Norma’s classes sold out prior to Høstfest so don’t delay in registering. Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $40, students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“Sami bracelets is a great class! I’ve taken it more than once and enjoy wearing both bracelets, each a little different, at the same time. Norma is really a great teacher!” – 2017 participant

 

Wood Block Printing: Fashionable Scarf Mini Class • $30

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Fashion scarves are a popular accessory that make a statement on style! Create your own design in this class as Instructor Kelsey Patton teaches you how to block print a scarf. Various Scandinavian folk costumes use block printed scarves, particularly in Sweden with designs inspired by imported cottons. Block printing works well with wool, silk, and linen neck for items such as kerchiefs and aprons. Make your own wool or silk blend or silk square scarf for use in folk costumes or modern wear. Participants will use special carved wood blocks and fabric ink to create individualized designs. You can choose to make a silk fashion scarf or a square fringed scarf for use with folk clothing.


Materials and Materials fees: $20, bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothing possible ink spills; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

One Carrot (Carat) Necklace Mini Class • $35

Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

When you complete this class, you will have a unique “one-carat” necklace that will draw admiration from friends and strangers alike. “If you can peel a carrot, you can carve a wooden figure,” Harley tells students as he teaches Scandinavian-style flat plane carving. Recognized nationally and internationally for his skills, Harley received a coveted award from the King of Norway. In this mini class, you carve, paint and make a lanyard for your carrot necklace so you can wear it at Høstfest. You will learn how to carve safely and efficiently using a very sharp whittling knife and wearing a cut-resistant carving glove. While you carve, you’ll learn about the historical and cultural background behind the flat plane style of carving. If you just want to try your hand at carving before making an investment, Harley will lend you a whittling knife and cut-resistant safety glove. He will also have gloves and knives available for purchase.

 

Materials fee: $5 for wood block, paint and lanyard for necklace; students will pay materials fee to instructor upon arrival at class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

“I liked very much that Harley explained the history and how it is used today. Fantastic!” – 2017 participant