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Introduction to Skinnfeller: Online Course

Course Overview

Skinnfeller is a traditional Norwegian textile craft that until recently was little known in the United States. Though many textiles made the journey across the Atlantic with thousands of Norwegian immigrant families, for reasons lost to history these sewn and decorated sheepskins are rarely seen in collections in the US. Made of soft brain-tanned sheepskins and decorated with carved wooden block prints, skinfeller are gorgeous pieces of folk art that tell personal and cultural stories. Get a taste of this craft by sewing a small skinfeller heart ornament using sheepskin pre-cut and stamped by instructor Karen Aakre. During class you will learn how to stuff and sew your ornament (perfect for Valentine's day!) as well as gain insight into the cultural history of this traditional craft. Perfect for students curious about embarking on larger skinfeller projects who'd like a short introduction to the art form.

Session Information

In order for the instructor to create and mail out kits for this course, registration closes on January 29th. Shipping fees are included in the materials fee for folks registering from the contiguous United States. If you are registering for this course from outside of the contiguous United States, please call our main office (218-287-9762) before registering to find out what additional shipping fees may be incurred as part of your registration.


Fri, Feb 12th, 2021

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 2-4pm CT
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $70.00
Materials fee: $30.00
Tuition Note: Materials fee includes shipping within the U.S.


You will need the following tools for this class:

Students will receive a mailed kit that will include:

  • hand-stamped sheep skin
  • needle and thread

Students will need to provide:

  • Scissors
  • Laptop or tablet with reliable internet connection

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

Karen Aakre
Underwood, MN

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Introduction to Skinnfeller: Online Course - 2/12/2021