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Special Events


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Saturday, April 04, 2020, 10:00am - 04:00pm
 Contact office@fabric-of-life.org

Saturday, April 4th

Duration: 6 hours

Class Time: 10 AM – 4 PM; includes lunch

Location: 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne MA 01370

Cost (includes materials): sliding scale of $100 – $130 (includes materials fee and lunch)

# of Participants: 10

Instructor: Angela Robins

Angela Robins is an educator and woodworker, inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese traditions. From axe carving to woodturning on the lathe, she works primarily with freshly cut wood, or green wood. She has studied woodworking in Japan, Norway, Sweden, and for two years as a resident in the artisan development program at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. In 2015 she received a Minnesota State Arts Board Folk & Traditional Crafts grant to study Scandinavian wooden bowl turning. She also teaches the ancient fabric construction technique known as nålbinding to fiber artists and traditional crafts enthusiasts alike. To see images of her work and learn more about her process, please visit www.angelarobins.com.

Program Description

Nålbinding is an ancient form of fabric construction that dates back to the Iron and Bronze Ages and was used in many regions of the world. For hundreds of years, Scandinavians have used nålbinding techniques to make hats, socks, milk strainers and mittens. The tools are simple: a single needle with an eye, and yarn that can be felted. In this class, students will learn the Oslo and Korgen stitches and how to nålbind in the round while crafting a custom cowl. We will discuss yarn selection for future projects and fulling methods for finishing. Yarn is not included in the materials fee; students should supply their own.

Students can purchase yarn from the instructor or purchase it ahead of time. Yarn should be 100% wool, bulky, and single-ply. Great options include: Lamb’s Pride Bulky (100g/125yds) and Alafoss Lopi (100g/109yds).

Materials fee includes handmade nålbinding needle, practice yarn and handout.

Location 80 Bassett Road, Shelburne, MA 01370