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Klippe Sauen: Wool Work in Old Norse Tradition
February 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am$20
Sheep and goats were brought into Norway during the Scandinavian Bronze Age (circa 1500 BCE) and completely changed the culture bringing the arts of spinning, weaving, and fulling into the center of society. These tasks were mostly done by women using drop spindles and warp weighted looms. There would have been no Viking era without women and sheep as each sail on a typical ship took a minimum of 1,000 fleeces that needed to be clipped, spun, woven, and fulled!
So important were the processes of spinning and weaving that they took on “magical potency” in the minds and myths of the ancient Nordic people. We will learn about the norns (fate women) who spin the oorlog of all who are born and the valkyries (choice women) whose gruesome weavings determined the outcome of battles! We will explore the history, get some hands on experience with drop spindles, and learn a delightful children’s song that describes the whole process!
Pre-Register at Ingebretsen’s and attend the class at Norway House. You can also pay day of at Norway House. Space is limited and these classes fill up quickly!