Høstfest University

 

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. Students taking three to four-hour classes will pay only $20 for general admission. Students in full-day classes are admitted to the festival for free.

 

Class fees are accompanied by a materials fee that varies depending on the course being taught and the cost of materials you will need. Hostfest 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.
 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Knitted Christmas Balls • $75

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28
Instructor: ARNE & CARLOS
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Knitted Christmas balls are a specialty design developed by Norway’s ARNE & CARLOS, who understand how knitting makes cold winters seem warmer. Their Christmas ball classes were so popular they published a book featuring patterns with their designs. It quickly became an international best-seller. With techniques, patterns, and sources of inspiration fondly shared by the designers, ARNE & CARLOS will entertain, charm and teach you! No matter what your skill level, they say they will also inspire and challenge you. You will leave with your own Christmas ball, perfect for your holiday décor. The Christmas ball pictured here is the very first one that started ARNE & CARLOS on their road to Christmas ball fame!

 

What to bring/Materials: (DK weight, 131 yd/120 m / 1.75 oz/50gr) Two colors, red and white or whatever colors you’d like to use. We suggest SCHACHENMAYR Merino Extra Fine 120 or ROWAN Pure wool Superwash DK or ROWAN Super Fine Merino DK.

 

Needles and Hooks:1 set of DPNs U.S. 2.5 (3 mm). Crochet hook U.S. D-3 (3 mm)

 

Other Supplies:Wool or Acrylic stuffing .07 oz. per ball

 

Level of knitting proficiency required:  Basic knitting skills needed.  Participants should be able to knit (no purling in this class). This project is good for inexperienced, intermediate and advanced knitters.

 

Rosemaling

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Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Teresa McCue Thompson

Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Drop Spindle • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Viking Village location

 

Learn to spin wool into yarn the way it was done for thousands of years! You will learn how to make your own yarn using wool roving and a drop spindle. The drop spindle is a simple tool used since the dawn of time to make wool into yarn. All of the yarn used to weave the sails of the Viking ships was spun this way. You will have the option of purchasing a drop spindle if you want to continue this craft at home. Learn a new skill and be connected to your heritage!

 

Materials fee: $15 (students will take home their own drop spindle and skein of yarn)

 

 

Felting Workshop • $75

Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28
Instructor: Catrine Pedersen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

The craft of felting is a Norse and Arctic form of artwork dating back to the Bronze Age. Vikings reportedly felted to make many of their daily needs, including clothing. To this day, there are groups throughout Norway that have skilled "felters" and Catrine Pedersen is among the best! Once you learn the felting technique, Catrine says you can make almost anything - warm sitting mats, decorative pieces of artwork, ornaments, jewelry, slippers, hats and mittens. Catrine brings fresh raw wool from the Arctic for use in her Høstfest University classes. You will make a decorative ornament, a warm seating mat, a pair of slippers or pot holders. 

 

What To Bring: The product will not be dry by the time your class is over, so please bring something to wrap and protect your product.

 

Materials fee: Students have a choice between three felting packs: Small felting $8; Medium $17 or large $25. Students can pick the felting pack by the size of the item they wish to create.

 

 

Arctic Flute Making • $75

Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28
Instructor: Øistein Hanssen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

Students will take a “journey” through the basic native historical use of wind instruments found in the indigenous folk groups in the Arctic region of Scandinavia. They will learn about sound and (timbre image) soundscape by using materials from nature: stalks, straws, bark, wood, horn, antlers, bone, etc. to make their wind instrument from scratch.

 

Materials fee: $20

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 29

Akle Tapestry Design Wrist Warmer • $75

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29
Instructor: ARNE & CARLOS
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Using double-pointed needles can seem intimidating to beginning knitters, but gifted teachers ARNE & CARLOS will ease any hesitation you may have about your knitting skill level. Wrist Warmers make excellent and quick gifts for young and old alike. And a project like this is a great way to practice your stranded knitting in the round. No matter what the season or the outfit, keep your hands warmer and your wrists covered in high style!

 

What to bring/Materials: (DK weight, 131 yd/120 m / 1.75 oz/50gr) in 5 different colors: White (as the main color), Green, Blue, Purple and Red (any tone of the specified colors will do!) We suggest the following: SCHACHENMAYR Merino Extra Fine 120 or ROWAN Pure wool Superwash DK or ROWAN Super Fine Merino DK.

 

Needles:1 set of 5 DPNs U.S. sizes 2-3 and 4 / 3 and 3.5 mm: 

 

Suggested homework:With smaller size dpn and Color 1, CO 48 sts. Join, being careful not to twist cast-on row. Divide sts evenly over 4 dpn = 12 sts per dpn. Work around in k2, p2ribbingfor11⁄4in/3cm. 

 

Level of knitting proficiency required:  Basic knitting skills needed.  Participants should be able to knit and purl. This project is suitable for inexperienced, intermediate and advanced knitters.

 

 

Sami Bracelet

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Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

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

 

 

Viking Coin Making • $75

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Katherine Kretchmar

Location: Høstfest University, Viking Village location

 

You will learn how to dye a coin and strike your coin in the same way Vikings made coins and then use punches to create images and letters that stamp your coin as your individual creation. Use it in in any way you choose: as a decorative piece of jewelry strung around your neck, as a good luck omen in your pocket, or as a definite conversation piece when you show people what you have made.

 

What to bring: If you have access to a circle template, it would be useful but it is not necessary. Any template with a .5" circle and a few smaller ones is sufficient. You can see an example at by clicking here.

 

Materials fee: $8 (studnets will take home the die they make and coins they strike)

 

 

Felting Workshop • $75

Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29
Instructor: Catrine Pedersen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

The craft of felting is a Norse and Arctic form of artwork dating back to the Bronze Age. Vikings reportedly felted to make many of their daily needs, including clothing. To this day, there are groups throughout Norway that have skilled "felters" and Catrine Pedersen is among the best! Once you learn the felting technique, Catrine says you can make almost anything - warm sitting mats, decorative pieces of artwork, ornaments, jewelry, slippers, hats and mittens. Catrine brings fresh raw wool from the Arctic for use in her Høstfest University classes. You will make a decorative ornament, a warm seating mat, a pair of slippers or pot holders. 

 

What to bring: The product will not be dry by the time your class is over, so please bring something to wrap and protect your product.

 

Materials fee: Students have a choice between three felting packs: Small felting $8; Medium $17 or large $25. Students can pick the felting pack by the size of the item they wish to create.

 

 

 

Carving A Nordic Horse • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

What began as a toy carved for children in the Swedish province of Dalarna gradually evolved into the country's unofficial national symbol...the Dala horse.


"If you can peel a carrot, you can carve a wooden figure," instructor Harley Refsal tells his students. He will have various styles and sizes of horse cutouts available to accommodate new as well as experienced carvers. A sharp carving knife and cut-resistant carving glove will be provided for use during the class. Each of Harley's classes introduces you to the Scandinavian-style of flat plane carving that is his specialty.

 

What to bring: A sharp pencil 

 

Materials: Students will need a basswood cutout for each carving and one knife. A good glove is strongly recommended. For beginners who don't want to make the investment, Harley can provide a knife and glove for use during class. If you have prior carving experience, bring your knife and glove along. (Some knives are not suitable for this style of carving.) If you wish to purchase materials, the prices are listed below. You will purchase your materials prior to the class at the Høstfest University Store in Copenhagen Hall.



1. Basswood cutouts - $10 each, 3 for $27, or $8 apiece to purchase 5 or more (These are Scandinavian-themed figure blocks such as a Dala horse, Viking, Nisse, Father Christmas, farmer, fisherman, etc. that students can choose from for the class. Every student needs one cutout per class.) 


 2. Basic knife: $23.00


 3. Harley knife (named after Harley because he designed it) $42.00


4. Cut-resistant protective carving glove $12.00

 

 

Swedish Woven Towel • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Debi Feyh

Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location

 

If you enjoy needlework and want to make something unique, this is the class for you. Instructor Debi Feyh has crafted a new design specifically for Høstfest students! This type of Swedish weaving is also known as Huck Embroidery because of the specialty fabric (huck) that you stitch on. Examples of this needlework can be found back to the 1600s. In the United States, Swedish weaving reached its height of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s when it was used to make huck kitchen towels. When automatic dishwashers began replacing dishtowels, popularity declined. But love of this folkcraft has renewed interest. In Debi’s class, you will stitch your own towel and learn all the basic stitches so you can make more towels, linens, and even afghans! Beginners welcome.

 

Materials fee: $15 (includes the two color themes of thread for the towel)

 

 

 

Arctic Flute Making • $75

Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29
Instructor: Øistein Hanssen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

Students will take a “journey” through the basic native historical use of wind instruments found in the indigenous folk groups in the Arctic region of Scandinavia. They will learn about sound and (timbre image) soundscape by using materials from nature: stalks, straws, bark, wood, horn, antlers, bone, etc. to make their wind instrument from scratch.

 

Materials fee: $20

 

 

 

 

Friday, Sept. 30

Knitted Christmas Balls • $75

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 30
Instructor: ARNE & CARLOS
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Knitted Christmas balls are a specialty design developed by Norway’s ARNE & CARLOS , who understand how knitting makes cold winters seem warmer. Their Christmas ball classes were so popular they published a book featuring patterns with their designs. It quickly became an international best-seller. With techniques, patterns, and sources of inspiration fondly shared by the designers, ARNE & CARLOS will entertain, charm and teach you! No matter what your skill level, they say they will also inspire and challenge you. You will leave with your own Christmas ball, perfect for your holiday décor. The Christmas ball pictured here is the very first one that started ARNE & CARLOS on their road to Christmas ball fame!

 

What to bring/materials: (DK weight, 131 yd/120 m / 1.75 oz/50gr) Two colors, red and white or whatever colors you’d like to use. We suggest SCHACHENMAYR Merino Extra Fine 120 or ROWAN Pure wool Superwash DK or ROWAN Super Fine Merino DK.

 

Needles and Hooks:1 set of DPNs U.S. 2.5 (3 mm). Crochet hook U.S. D-3 (3 mm)

 

Other Supplies:Wool or Acrylic stuffing .07 oz. per ball

 

Level of knitting proficiency required:  Basic knitting skills needed.  Participants should be able to knit (no purling in this class). This project is good for inexperienced, intermediate and advanced knitters.

 

 

 

Norse Spoon Carving • $75

Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 29

Instructor: Phil Lacher

Location: Høstfest University, Viking Village location

 

Students will learn how to carve a traditional Norse-Scandinavian spoon using tools that have been in use since the time of the Vikings. This will be an inter-active class, with each student carving his/her own spoon. Each student should bring their own woodcarving tools, and will purchase a pre-cut birch spoon blank at the start of class. We will discuss tool sharpening and care, safety, traditional carving techniques, styles and patterns, and finishes used for spoons.

 

Materials and tools:

Attendees will need to purchase and bring their own tools to class, which include the following:

• Sloyd knife or Scandinavian-style bench knife with a 2-3 inch blade (see recommended tools)

• Hook or spoon carving crook knife (see recommended tools)

• Wood blank (available for purchase from instructor): $8.00 each

• Optional – knife sharpening stones and leather strop (instructor will have a set available for use)

 

 

 

Felting Workshop • $75

Time: 12:30-3:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 30
Instructor: Catrine Pedersen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

The craft of felting is a Norse and Arctic form of artwork dating back to the Bronze Age. Vikings reportedly felted to make many of their daily needs, including clothing. To this day, there are groups throughout Norway that have skilled "felters" and Catrine Pedersen is among the best! Once you learn the felting technique, Catrine says you can make almost anything - warm sitting mats, decorative pieces of artwork, ornaments, jewelry, slippers, hats and mittens. Catrine brings fresh raw wool from the Arctic for use in her Høstfest University classes. You will make a decorative ornament, a warm seating mat, a pair of slippers or pot holders. 

 

What to bring: The product will not be dry by the time your class is over, so please bring something to wrap and protect your product.

 

Materials fee: Students have a choice between three felting packs: Small felting $8; Medium $17 or large $25. Students can pick the felting pack by the size of the item they wish to create.

 

 

 

Sami Ring • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Friday, Sept.30
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

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

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 30

Instructor: Kelsey Patton

Location: Høstfest University, Viking Village location

 

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)

 

 

Carving A Scandinavian Ornament •$75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 30
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Give a handmade Christmas gift to someone special, and while you're at it, why not carve one for your own tree as well. First, you will learn how to carve safely and efficiently, using a very sharp carving knife and a cut-resistant carving glove, which are provided for use during the class. Once you’ve got the basics down, Harley guides you through the process of carving an ornament that you can triumphantly display as proof of your carving expertise. While you carve, you’ll learn about the historical and cultural background behind the flat plane style of carving.

 

What to bring: A sharp pencil

 

Materials: Students will need a basswood cutout for each carving and one knife. A good glove is strongly recommended. For beginners who don't want to make the investment, Harley can provide a knife and glove for use during class. If you have prior carving experience, bring your knife and glove along. (Some knives are not suitable for this style of carving.) If you wish to purchase materials, the prices are listed below. You will purchase your materials prior to the class at the Høstfest University Store in Copenhagen Hall.



1. Basswood cutouts - $10 each, 3 for $27, or $8 apiece to purchase 5 or more (These are Scandinavian-themed figure blocks such as a Dala horse, Viking, Nisse, Father Christmas, farmer, fisherman, etc. that students can choose from for the class. Every student needs one cutout per class.) 


 2. Basic knife: $23.00


 3. Harley knife (named after Harley because he designed it) $42.00


4. Cut-resistant protective carving glove $12.00

 

 

Arctic Flute Making • $75

Time: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, Friday, Sept. 30
Instructor: Øistein Hanssen
Location: Høstfest University, Tromsø Cultural Village location
 

Students will take a “journey” through the basic native historical use of wind instruments found in the indigenous folk groups in the Arctic region of Scandinavia. They will learn about sound and (timbre image) soundscape by using materials from nature: stalks, straws, bark, wood, horn, antlers, bone, etc. to make their wind instrument from scratch.

 

Materials fee: $20

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Oct. 1

Crocheted Primrose Throw • $75

Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 1
Instructor: ARNE & CARLOS
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Step into ARNE & CARLOS’ magical garden, one of their biggest sources of inspiration. They are obsessed with flowers and the Primrose Throw was inspired by a very old piece of fabric they saw in a Norwegian mountain farm a few years ago. Primroses are a sure sign of spring; this project is for anyone with plenty of patience and time. The only “rule” is that the same two colors never meet as they are crocheted together. Use your leftover yarns and turn them into a beautiful colorful throw.

 

What to bring/materials: Leftover yarn in many colors suitable to use with a U.S. E-4 crochet hook. For example, a DK weight, 131 yd/120 m / 50 g/1.75 oz).  We suggest participants bring yarn  9 colors for this class. We suggest SCHACHENMAYR Merino Extra Fine 120 or ROWAN Pure wool Superwash DK or ROWAN Super Fine Merino DK. SCHACHENMAYR Catania would also work for this project.

 

Hooks:Crochet hook U.S. E-4 / 3.5 mm.

 

Level of crochet proficiency required: This is a beginner’s class. We can teach all the crochet basics and get the participants started.

 

 

Repousseé

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Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 1

Instructor: Pedro Bedard

Location: Høstfest University, Viking Village location

 

Repoussé - a way to embellish metal that has been used by almost every ancient culture. If you can't pronounce it, tell your friends you took a course in metal hammering. Using copper as the class metal of choice, you will hammer and punch the copper to form your own unique design under the guidance of Pedro Bedard, who forged all the punches you will be using. The copper you will use has been set in pitch made with pine resin and oil. Repoussé techniques capitalize on the plasticity of metals, where the artist forms shapes and designs using a malleable metal to create a low relief design. This art form is used with gold, silver, copper, tin and bronze and can be seen in many famous sculptures around the world, among them the Statue of Liberty and the famous death mask of King Tutankhamun.

 

 

Sami Bracelet • $75

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 1
Instructor: Norma Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

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 for these jewelry classes is drawn from the traditional art and craft of the Sami people living north of the Arctic Circle. The techniques used to create these projects follow the model of an oral tradition passed down for more than 100 years, and this jewelry tradition continues to be solidly anchored in today’s Sami culture. Join Instructor Norma Refsal as she guides you through the process of creating your own unique bracelet (without backing). The materials you will use - such as reindeer leather, reindeer antler and pewter thread - come direct from suppliers in Norway and Sweden. Custom made to fit your finger or wrist, your finished product will be one you’ll never tire of wearing. As you work, Norma will also share stories of Sami history and culture. Beginners welcome in all classes!

 

Materials fee: $40

 

 

Figure Woodcarving • FULL DAY • $150

TIME: Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Instructor: Harley Refsal
Location: Høstfest University, Copenhagen Hall location
 

Enjoy learning about Scandinavian folk art history and all aspects of figure carving while you carve a wooden caricature of your choice, suited to your abilities and level of carving experience.


Proceed at a pace that is comfortable while Harley circulates and offers guidance to participants. Beginners will be able to complete one figure; more advanced students may complete more than one. 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.

 

What to bring: A sharp pencil

 

Materials: Students will need a basswood cutout for each carving and one knife. A good glove is strongly recommended. For beginners who don't want to make the investment, Harley can provide a knife and glove for use during class. If you have prior carving experience, bring your knife and glove along. (Some knives are not suitable for this style of carving.) If you wish to purchase materials, the prices are listed below. You will purchase your materials prior to the class at the Høstfest University Store in Copenhagen Hall.



1. Basswood cutouts - $10 each, 3 for $27, or $8 apiece to purchase 5 or more (These are Scandinavian-themed figure blocks such as a Dala horse, Viking, Nisse, Father Christmas, farmer, fisherman, etc. that students can choose from for the class. Every student needs one cutout per class.) 


 2. Basic knife: $23.00


 3. Harley knife (named after Harley because he designed it) $42.00


4. Cut-resistant protective carving glove $12.00