2024-08-21 – Telemarksteppe



August 21-25, 2024 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT) 


Laura Demuth and Sheila Oberreuter 


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

Telemarksteppe is a Norwegian weaving technique from Telemark, a county of Norway located along its southeastern coast. Using six harnesses and five treadles, Telemarksteppe is a three-block structure woven on a tabby ground. Traditionally woven on a linen warp with wool pattern weft, Telemarksteppe also includes charming weft loops on the selvages. One of the great pleasures of weaving Telemarksteppe is the opportunity it offers to design at the loom using both color and pattern. 


Level of Instruction: 

This class is appropriate for a weaver who is familiar with reading a draft and dressing a floor loom. Students will learn techniques for weaving on a linen warp. Telemarksteppe offers the student the opportunity to design with color and pattern at the loom.


Although the weaving studio has much of this equipment on hand, we suggest you bring the following items with you to class:

  • Scissors
  • Threading hook
  • Sleying hook
  • Magnet board for holding threading and treadling drafts (very optional, but handy)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Any Prydvevgarn you might have at home for use in class. The Telemarksteppe technique lends itself very well to using small lengths of a variety of colors and is a good way to use up small amounts of yarn.

For the pattern weft, we will be using Prydvevgarn, a Norwegian wool spun from Spelsau fleece. A full range of Prydvevgarn is available at the Blue Heron Knittery located in Decorah. You can make your own color selection from Blue Heron during the class.

The instructor will be providing the linen yarn for the warp and tabby weft.

The materials fee for this class will be $25 and is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.


Enrollment Deadline: 

July 31, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Laura Demuth.

Click here to learn more about instructor Sheila Oberreuter.


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