April 24th and 25th, 2015 Danish American Center
3030 West River Pkwy S, Minneapolis, MN
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Friday April 24th 7-9 pm donations accepted
Entertainment and introductions by Kari. Spinning, weaving, and sewing were essential and magical activities from the Ice Age to today. Kari will share her own textiles journey to Nordic identity through stories, songs, art and artifacts.
Guest lecture by Kelsey Patton – Viking Era clothing, undergarments, sewing techniques and other interesting things!
Saturday April 25th – 9:30 – 4pm – $100 register in advance
Create your own særk (tunic shirt/dress) or hangerok (apron dress) from pattern to trim! Kelsey will take you through the steps of math and measurement, cutting and pinning, and sewing techniques. This class will give you the basics to continue creating these timeless Nordic outfits for yourself and others. Once you register, Kelsey will help you determine how much and what kind of material and notions you will need.
Register with Kari by emailing kari at karitauring dot com or by telephone 612-454-6594. Accommodations for out of town guests are available at the Danish American Center for a very small fee.
More about our teacher:
Kelsey Patton, Historical Costumer, owner at Spindle Shuttle Needle – www.SpindleShuttleNeedle.com.
Kelsey grew up on a small farm in Nebraska, near the Swedish town of Stromsburg. She began sewing for her dolls at the age of six, and was ecstatic to receive an old-fashioned treadle sewing machine for Christmas at the age of eight. She also learned to knit (incorrectly) that year, began quilting at the age of nine, crocheting at age ten, sewing clothing at age twelve, and knitting (correctly, in the Scandinavian style) at age thirteen. She and her mother bought their first Icelandic sheep and spinning wheel when she was 15, and a loom shortly after.
Since then, Kelsey has been spinning and weaving as a hobby and business, sometimes in the traditional Scandinavian way, sometimes in fun, new, and modern ways. Her favorite method of spinning is with a traditional Viking Age spindle, but she also spins with a traditional castle wheel. She also enjoys weaving Scandinavian tablet-woven bands, used in many different folk and historical costumes.
Kelsey sewed her first historical costume, a Civil War gown, at the age of 14, and has continued sewing historical costumes of all eras, focusing on Viking and Victorian costumes, for the last 10 years. Kelsey attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she obtained her degree in History and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with a specialization in Historical Clothing Design. She is especially interested in reconstructing Viking clothing based on archaeological evidence, including weaving the fine trims worn. Her Viking clothes have been featured in the Kensington Runestone museum and other places. Kelsey lives in Stromsburg, Nebraska with her husband Philip.
She operates her own business, Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle, selling yarn, wool, weaving supplies, historical costumes and workshops!