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Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Tired of synthetic ‘fluff’? Clad your torso with the miracle fiber: wool. Learn the history of wool, why it works, and how to maximize its performance as clothing with outdoorwear designed by Kevin Kinney, owner of Empire Canvas Wear of Duluth. In this class you will learn the basics of patternmaking and construction as we lay the foundation for a lifelong skill. To craft a Wool Blanket Shirt, we’ll enjoy a history lesson on the uses of this type of wool insulating shirt. We’ll start with thick, fulled woolen blanket and walk through the sequence for measuring and cutting flat textile to fit the human form. Next we will cut panels for a warm tunic that’s the cornerstone of a great winter wardrobe. Savor the joy of stitching by hand, or by machine. We’ll build our shirts panel by panel. You’ll learn how to transfer your new skills to the construction of any sewn article. Embellish your creation with antler or stone buttons and leather trim. You'll leave this course with a sound knowledge of garment crafting and a cozy shirt for the winter.


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Course Details

Length in days:
2 1/4

Day 1: 5pm-7pm, Day 2/3:9am-5pm

$185.00 per student (Regular rate)
$165.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. Sharp fabric cutting scissors
  2. Basic sewing kit with sewing snips, needles, pins, measuring tape, marking pencil and any other favorite sewing tools.
  3. Sewing maching (if you do not have one, contact North House as we have a number available for use)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Carol Colburn Carol Colburn

Carol teaches sewing workshops at North House that incorporate traditional Scandinavian textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Through her travels, she has found inspiration in everyday as well as the festive textile and clothing traditions of Scandinavia. Her numerous publications discuss the design, techniques, and meanings behind Norwegian folk textiles, including clothing and household items. She taught period clothing design, pattern making, and sewing in universities before she began teaching focused heritage sewing workshops at Vesaas Farm Studio in Telemark, Norway, Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, and at North House. Students in her sewing workshops are introduced to an appreciation of traditional techniques while creating contemporary custom garments that are ultimately practical for the northern climate.

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Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt

Nature's Insulator: Sew Your Own Wool Blanket Shirt