Høstfest University

Høstfest University offers a unique hands-on learning opportunity. Accomplished instructors well recognized in their areas of expertise teach Scandinavian folk art classes such as rosemaling, wood carving, jewelry design, fiber arts and more. Instructors share their skills in a small group classroom setting where you receive personalized assistance and complete a project to take home. Choose from 15 different classes offered Wednesday through Saturday. 

 

PRE-REGISTER!

Pre-registration guarantees you a spot and saves you money! When you pre-register, you receive $20 off the price of general admission to the festival. You can also register for classes when you are at the festival, but you do not receive the general admission price break and you run the risk of not getting into the class of your choice. Høstfest 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. 

 

40th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!

Can you peel a carrot? Internationally acclaimed woodcarver Harley Refsal promises that anyone who can peel a carrot can carve this "1-carat" necklace. In honor of the Norsk Høstfest 40th anniversary, Harley will teach one-on-one carving classes at the Høstfest University Store. Under Harley's guidance, you can carve this necklace in an hour or a little more, regardless of whether or not you have ever held a carving knife. This individualized instruction will be offered daily on a first-come sign-up basis. Look for the daily time slots to be posted each morning at the Høstfest University Store.

 

NEW LOCATION!

Høstfest University has moved since last year. Look for the Høstfest University Store in Oslo Hall this year. Our new classrooms, in the Mezzanine area in Oslo Hall, are a splendid, remarkable improvement! Well-lit, sound proofed, and comfortable, this new space is a valuable addition to our Høstfest University experience.

 

DETAILS, DETAILS!

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.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY COURSES

 

Knitting A Nordic Headband • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Tammy Barclay

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Wherever you are - in the airport, doctor's office, riding in a car, lounging outdoors in the summer - it's easy to pick up your knitting project and get a little more done. That's just one reason this  fiber art, which is very popular in the United States, is enjoying a revival where it got its start in Selbo, Norway. If you've never picked up knitting needles or if you have dabbled in basic knitting, this class is for you. Instructor Tammy Barclay will familiarize you with knitting's Nordic history, show you samples of clothing she has knit to inspire you to keep learning, and take you step by step through making a headband you can wear with pride. You can choose to make either a single color headband or a two-color headband.

 

What To Bring: 

• light worsted weight wool ( #3 weight), I skein (around 260 yards) each of a dark color and a light color; 16" circular needles

• in sizes 6 and 7.

• $16 for a kit if you do not bring your own materials. To be paid to instructor upon arrival at class.

 

 

Näversöm (Swedish Birch Bark Embroidery) • $75

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Debi Feyh

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Despite its intricate appearance, Näversöm is a relatively easy technique to learn because you use only four stitches: darning, diagonal, goose-eye, and ground. However, there is an added challenge because the stitching is done from the backside of the fabric. Näversöm had become an almost lost art in Sweden, but interest in the United States is steadily growing. Instructor Debi Feyh has became intrigued with it originally because her Swedish great-grandmother who immigrated to the United States enjoyed doing näversöm. Class participants can choose to make a bell pull or a candle wrap. Debi's class includes Show & Tell; she has 7 Swedish books and more than 100 actual samples from Sweden to get your fired up about all you can do with Näversöm,

 

 

Materials fee: $30, students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Nålbinding • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

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 ancient craft dates back to the Vikings and is remarkably simple in regard to materials and incredibly complex in all that can be done once you learn the technique. Class participants make a small coin purse, using a single large needle and fabric using the Finnish stitch. Nålbinding is similar to knitting and crocheting but it had been in use for 1000 years prior to knitting and crocheting. This is a craft easy to pick and take wherever you go, and work on wherever you are. Instructor Kelsey Patton has encountered many students who enter her class saying they signed up only because it had such a "funny name" that they were curious. They emerge enthusiastic nålbinders because Kelsey engages them with her interesting historical prattle, patient instruction and enthusiastic encouragement. Beginners welcome.

 

Materials fee: $15, students will pay materials fee upon arrival in class.

 

 

 

THURSDAY COURSES

 

Nordic Wool Applique • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Wool applique, an ancient Nordic art that was popular in 19th Century America, has again emerged as a popular pastime for creative types who love working with fabrics and fibers. Wool applique is admired for its texture, depth, color and design. It's perfect for all kinds of decorative and practical items. Many people use wool applique to embellish quilts, table runners, and clothing. Instructor Bonnie Lundorff says this fiber art appeals in its simplicity to beginners and to advanced students with its abundance of more detailed options. Bonnie will teach you the basics of wool applique as you make a wool candle/jar wrap with traditional Dala horses and wool pennies. Bring a scissors that will cut through paper and wool. Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $15, Students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

Sami Ring • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 
 
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!

 

 

Material fee: $25, students pay for materials when you arrive at the class

 

Telemark Rosemaling • $75

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Teresa McCue-Thompson

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Høstfest University surveys show ongoing demand for classes in rosemaling. This Telemark Rosemaling class is designed for beginners or fairly new rosemalers interested in the Telemark style. Master Instructor Teresa McCue Thompson will teach participants how to draw a traditional design and how to make it suitable for an object's shape. Participants will learn the basic strokes, how to mix their oil paints on a palette, and much more!  If you are interested but unsure of taking a class when you have never picked up a brush, Teresa's response is: "Let's paint!”Participants will paint and take home a decorative plate.

 

Materials fee: $20, students pay for materials at the class

 

 

Knitting A Nordic Beret • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Instructor: Tammy Barclay

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Did you know there are knitters' books with over 150 Scandinavian motifs and designs? And that there are stitching patterns and yarns particularly suitable for Scandinavian projects? Learn more about the Scandinavian side of knitting from Instructor Tammy Barclay who will help you knit your own Scandinavian beret or hat. To take this class, you should have a basic knowledge of knitting, including casting on, knit stitch and purl stitch. Skills to be learned in this class include knitting in the round, decreases, and working with two colors.

 

What To Bring: 

• light worsted weight wool (#3 weight), 1 skein (about 260 yards) each of a dark color and a light color, size 4 16"

• circular needle and a set of size 4 double pointed needles.

• $16 for a kit if you do not bring your own materials. To be paid to instructor upon arrival at class.

 

 

Carving A Nisse or Tomte • $75

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

During cold, severe winters, first the Vikings, then the Nordic Scandinavians and later Scandinavian American immigrants passed time assembled around the fire sharing mythical stories as they carved wooden characters from their imagination. One of the most familiar creatures in Scandinavian folklore is a mythological creature with a long white beard and knit cap that assumed a variety of personalities and identities. In Norwegian or Danish, he was known as a Nisse; in Swedish, as a Tomte and in Finnish, Tonttu. Instructor Harley Refsal will educate you in the history and folklore as he guides you through the Scandinavian flat plane carving style that has made him famous and will inspire you to do more carving. Make your own Nisse, Tomte or Tonttu and take it home to protect your house from those trolls and evil spirits in the woods! Beginners and men and women of all levels of carving experience are welcome. With Harley's extensive teaching experience, he has become accomplished at working with students in one class who have varying levels of experience. Harley promises he can teach anyone who can peel a carrot to carve this little man. If you already have some carving experience, Harley can guide you in making your creation more detailed.

 

Materials fee: TBA, Students pay for material at the class.

 

 

 

FRIDAY COURSES

 

Needle Felting With Wool • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Bonnie Lundorff

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Explore the Nordic folk art of needle felting with Fiber Arts Instructor Bonnie Lundorff, who creates needle-felting patterns and teaches folk art and quilting classes throughout the Midwest. Learn about different types of wool and how to do dimensional needle felting as you make a liten tomte (According to Scandinavian folklore, a tomte is a mischievous domestic sprite that will provide protection for your home and belongings!) Beginners welcome!

 

Materials fee: $20, Students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Kolrosing Carving • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Kolrosing (coal rosing) is an old decorative Scandinavian craft that can be basically compared to wood tattooing. Old-time Scandinavians made kitchen utensils and decorated them using coal dust or pine bark sawdust to highlight and darken detail. Class participants will usea whittling knife to make their smørkniv, (sandwich spreader similar to a butter knife). Smørknivs are essential in a Scandinavian kitchen because  smørbrød (open-faced sandwich) is so popular in Scandinavian culture! Once you make your smørkniv, you willdo the kolrosing, which is to incise designs such as simple borders, geometric lines, leaves and vines into your project. It’s easy to learn kolrosing basics in one class. And it's a great class for everyone from beginners to advanced carvers because you can design your kolrosed smørkniv simple - or complex! You will want to go home and expand this art form on your own.

 

Materials fee: TBA, Students pay for material at the class.

 

Kräkesølvbroderi (Sami mica embroidery) • $75

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Debi Feyh

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Having been a rock hound in her youth and a student of Scandinavian arts for more than 30 years, Instructor Debi Feyh was particularly excited when she had opportunity to study kräkesølvbroderi during an art education tour in Norway. She puzzled over how one could embroider on mica, which is a flat shiny rock. The art of Kräkesølvbroderi (Norwegian for crow's silver similar to the American term for fool's gold) is so called because this embroidery contains chips of mica that give the finished product a shiny texture. The Sami people enjoyed decorating their traditional (fancy) costumes with kräkesølvbroderi embroidery. Mica, a rock-forming silicate, flakes off in very thin sheets that are acid-free and heat resistant.  Class participants will also learn basic embroidery and applique techniques, drawing their design first and then following Debi's instruction as they insert mica pieces into their pieceto create the type of look they desire. They will complete a triple-layer wall hanging in traditional Sami colors (red, green, blue and yellow). Depending on your level of stitching experience, Debi will work with you to help you make your design as simple or as intricate as you desire. A history buff, Debi loves sharing historical and art knowledge as she teaches. She also brings samples of Mica embroidery art she has made.

 

Materials fee: $20, Students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 
 
 

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, students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY COURSES

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall
 
 
 

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, students pay for material at the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

 

 

 

OS-Style Rosemaling With Experience • $75

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Instructor: Nancy Schmidt

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

In Norway, rosemaling styles vary somewhat because they reflect the regions where they originated. Master Instructor Nancy Schmidt will teach this class in the Os style that Nancy studied in Norway. Originating on Norway's west coast, Os uses bright colors, stylized flowers, leaves, scrolls and geometric shapes. Participants, who should have basic experience in rosemaling, will use oil paints and learn more advanced styles to achieve the rich, bright look for which Os rosemaling is known. They will complete a 10-inch rim plate to take home with them.

 

Materials fee: $20, students will pay fee upon arrival at class.

 

 

Nålbinding With Experience • $75

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

Instructor Kelsey Patton has nålbinding enthusiasts who have requested an advanced class to hone their skills after taking Høstfest University's beginner nålbinding. In this class, Kelsey will review the basics and teach three to four new and different stitches as participants make a pair of mittens. This class is for graduates of beginning nålbinding; people who are accomplished in knitting and crocheting could also do well in this class. (A minimum of four students is required for this class; pre-registration is requested no later than Aug. 15.)

 

Materials fee: $15, students will pay materials fee upon arrival in class.

 

 

Carving A Wooden Companion • $150

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, FULL DAY

Instructor: Harley Refsal

Location: Høstfest University, Oslo Hall

 

 

This full day class is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in all there is to know about flat plane wood carving -- from its origin and history to the tools and their proper usage to envisioning and carving a folk art character you will always treasure. Instructor Harley Refsal will work with you at your ability and level of carving experience.  Beginners will be able to complete one figure; more advanced students may complete more than one. Depending on your level of expertise, you may also have time to paint your project. Harley will also demo and discuss items, including knife sharpening and stropping; choice of wood for figure carving; design sources and considerations; sawing out your own cut outs and finishing techniques. You will learn how to carve safely and efficiently using a very sharp whittling knife and wearing a cut-resistant carving glove. Once you’ve got the basics down, Harley guides you through the process of carving a figure or object that you can triumphantly display as proof of your carving expertise. Course participants may borrow a carving knife and cut-resistant glove from Harley for use during the class. Or you can purchase materials from Harley so you have them to take home for future projects. Whether you have never held a knife or you have been carving for years, you will enjoy this class and learn new skills.

 

Materials fee: TBA, Students pay for materials at the class