2024-09-12 – Blackwork Embroidery (Online)



Three Thursdays, September 12-26 (5:30-7:30 pm CT)


Laura Berlage


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Embroidery is a beautiful way to make an everyday object feel special—a sentiment that fits perfectly with this course. Explore the world of blackwork embroidery (most popular in the 16th and 17th centuries), both in its counted and freestyle forms, using hand-dyed wool thread from the instructor’s sheep. While the elite of the time stitched blackwork using silk, everyday folks with time and skill enjoyed a similar look using wool. Projects include a flower pin cushion with floral motifs and a geometric biscornu inspired by Selbu designs. Both projects could be pin cushions or stuffed with dried lavender as sachets, and they make wonderful home accents or gifts. Finished dimensions are approximately five inches wide.

Level of Instruction: 

Some previous embroidery experience is recommended.



A kit of materials is shipped to your home (a $60 value)! Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact folkartschool@vesterheim.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

August 22, 2024

Learn more about instructor Laura Berlage here.

Tuition :
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