2023-09-23 – Skinnfell Bench Cover



Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24, 2023 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm)


Rebecca Utecht and Sue Flanders


This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School.


Norwegian skinnfell entails hand-stitching and wood block printing on tanned sheepskins. Traditionally used for an entire family's warm bedding on cold winter nights, skinnfell were created from multiple hides that were carefully stitched together and then decorated with motifs meant to convey good wishes to the receiver. In this introductory class, we will turn a single sheepskin into a bench cover, chair/couch throw, or two chair pads. In addition to printing with carved birch blocks from Norway, you will learn how to stitch and cover seams and how to apply various edging options. Participants will need hand strength to stitch through layers of sheepskin. There may be enough time in class to print and work on additional projects. You are welcome to bring your own tanned sheepskin, which will be evaluated for use in class.


Level of Instruction:

All levels. No experience is needed.  


Materials fee of $40 covers: leather cutters needle, thread, handout, use of wood blocks, binder clips, rollers, trays, skewers, paper towels, etc. There will be an additional materials fee of $60 for a tanned Australian sheepskin for those participants who aren't able to bring a suitable tanned hide to class. (Hides need to be soft and flexible in order to handstitch. The leather side needs to be smooth in order to get good, crisp prints.)
Students should bring:

Pencil, clear plastic quilting ruler, leather thimble (highly recommended), eyeglasses (if needed), flexible tape measure, small sharp scissors, metal binder clips assorted sizes 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch wide.


Enrollment Deadline: 

 September 9, 2023


Learn more about instructor Rebecca Utecht here.

Learn more about instructor Sue Flanders here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.

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