A folk school where Scandinavian crafts and traditions come alive!
Høstfest University offers a learning opportunity so unique we don’t think you’ll find a comparable one anywhere in the United States. We bring accomplished instructors from Norway and throughout the United States into the classroom where they share their skills with hands-on teaching. You emerge with a finished product after having had a whole lot of fun and getting personal assistance from skilled craftspeople who are also talented teachers. Plus you get to attend the festival at a reduced admission price!
This year, for the first time, Hostfest University introduces Arne and Carlos, acclaimed knitters and best selling authors from Norway whose talents are well known in Scandinavian countries. American instructors Harley and Norma Refsal, who have honed their skills in Norway and Sweden and are recognized in art circles throughout the United States, teach wood carving and jewelry design classes. These professionals are among several who will be teaching classes at this year’s festival.
Hostfest University classes are limited in size by the individual instructor to insure that classes are no larger than an instructor can accommodate to maintain a supportive teaching environment.
Class fees are accompanied by a materials fee that varies depending on the course being taught and the cost of materials you will need. Høstfest University is designed for adult participants, but we encourage families learning together. Young people 12 and older are welcome if accompanied by a parent.
Registration opens May 17. Last year, classes filled quickly so don’t delay.
Check back in April for 2017 classes
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
This beautiful folk art originated in the rural valleys of Norway hundreds of years ago and is extremely popular among today's art enthusiasts. Stylized flowers, flowing scrollwork and geometric designs are characteristic in rosemaling. You will learn basics such as preparing your wood, using colors properly, transferring and painting designs. Whether you are a newbie who has never held a paint brush or you are enjoying some level of expertise in this art form, you will consider this time well spent!
Materials fee: $20. Please bring a pen and paper also to class.
Join Instructor Norma Refsal as she guides you through the process of creating your own unique Sami bracelet. The materials you will use - such as reindeer leather, reindeer antler and pewter thread - come direct from suppliers in Sweden. Using spun pewter thread, you will braid, twist and weave patterns into an exquisite bracelet that fastens with a button made of shed reindeer antler. The inspiration is drawn from the traditional art and craft of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle. The techniques used to create this handcrafted bracelet follow the model of an oral tradition passed down for more than 100 years. This jewelry tradition continues to be solidly anchored in today’s Sami culture. Custom made to fit your wrist, your bracelet will be a piece you’ll never tire of wearing. Beginners welcome!
Materials fee: $40
Sami Ring • $75
Custom make a ring that fits your finger precisely and draws admiration from everyone who sees you wearing your unique creation. Inspiration for this design comes from the traditional art and craft of the Sami people (often referred to as Laplanders) living north of the Arctic Circle. The techniques have been passed down orally through the generations and continue to be anchored in today’s Sami culture. Norma learned Sami jewelry design while living in Norway and traveling to visit the Sami people. The materials you will use - such as reindeer leather, reindeer antler and pewter thread - come direct from suppliers in Sweden. Beginners welcome!
Materials fee: $25
Nålbinding • $75
Instructor: Kelsey Patton
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
First you learn to say it, and then you learn to do it! This ancient Viking craft requires only a single large needle and yarn! In this class you will practice the Finnish stitch and craft a small coin purse. Once you learn the techniques, the possibilities are endless: mittens, hats, totes, mug rugs, phone cases, baskets, and more. Nålbinding is a technique similar to knitting and crocheting but it pre-dates them by about 1000 years. You won't find many English-speaking people that can call nålbinding (In Swedish, that's literally "binding with a needle") one of their accomplishments. This art form is a great pastime for RVers and people traveling to Høstfest from a distance because your materials can easily accompany you in a small bag." NOTE: No experience necessary for any of these classes
Materials fee: $15 (students will take home their own bone needle and skein of yarn)