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2019 Nordic Knitting Conference

A Biennial Celebration of the Fiber Arts
(October 11-13, 2019)

The Museum is pleased to present our eighth biennial celebration of Nordic fabric arts. First conceived by volunteers in 2007, this program has grown to draw instructors and participants from all over the world. The 2019 Nordic Knitting Conference will highlight the work of Signe Aarhus, co-founder of Oleana, a family company founded in 1992 with the aim of creating new jobs in Norway's textile industry.  

Conference courses include instruction from knitting rock stars ARNE & CARLOS, Susanna Hansson, Laura Ricketts, Evelyn Clark, Justin Allan-Spencer,  felter Flóra Carlile-Kovács, and Ýr Jóhannsdóttir.

The Nordic is excited about the opportunity to introduce Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, who will speak to the dynamic nature of folk art and help to highlight the innovative art community in Iceland, to our knitting community during the 2019 Nordic Knitting Conference. Ýr Jóhannsdóttir, also known by her artist name, Ýrúrarí, pushes the art of knitting to explore new forms and consider reuse and reimagination in an intriguing way.

Please see our speaker and instructor bios here

On Friday we will host a happy hour and instructor book signing event, and we are pleased to present our Keynote lecture with reception on Saturday evening. Pre-ordered lunch options are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission to Museum exhibits is included in the cost of all courses. For complete course information or to register please click on the links below for details.

Please contact Adult Education Coordinator Annalee Shum at [email protected] or 206.789.5707 x7009 with any questions. Please note that Annalee Shum is unable to answer inquiries on the weekends. 

 

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2019 Nordic Knitting Conference Schedule

 
 

Primrose throw

Day 1  |  Friday, October 11  |   9am–7pm

Registration  |  8am – 9am, Marketplace  |  8:30am – 6:30pm

AM Classes  |  9am12pm

LUNCH OPTIONS

Pre-order lunches will be available through one of the city’s newest hotspots for Nordic cuisine, Freya, housed right here in the Museum. Menu options will be available soon; please check back in August to place your lunch order.

PM Classes  |  1:30pm4:30pm

  • ARNE & CARLOS | New Nordic Knitting - An Introduction to Norwegian Stranded Color Work    SOLD OUT, waitlist available Learn More/Register
  • Justin Allan-Spencer | Traditional Icelandic Counted-Grid Embroidery (Long-arm Cross-Stitch)    Learn More/Register
  • Laura Ricketts | Advanced Sámi Techniques    Learn More/Register
  • Susanna Hansson | Lovers and Runders   SOLD OUT, waitlist available  Learn More/Register
  • Flóra Carlile-Kovács | Felted Flowers    Learn More/Register

Happy Hour

Join us for a happy hour and instructor book signing at 5pm. Connect with instructors and participants over light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music. Registration required; tickets available at the door based on availability.


 
Traditional knit mitten on a fur background

Day 2  |  Saturday, October 12  |  9am–7pm

Registration  |  8am – 9am, Marketplace  |  8:30am – 5pm

AM Classes  |  9am12pm

  • ARNE & CARLOS | An Introduction to Traditional Scandinavian Twined Knitting   SOLD OUT, waitlist available Learn More/Register
  • Evelyn A. Clark | Explore Icelandic Lace    Learn More/Register
  • Susanna Hansson | Bohus Stickning (Part 1)    SOLD OUT, waitlist available Learn More/Register
  • Laura Ricketts | Sámi knitting from Sweden: Skaite-Maria’s the Red and the Black mittens (Part 1)    Learn More/Register
  • Flóra Carlile-Kovács | Lightweight Nunofelt Scarf (Part 1)    Learn More/Register

LUNCH OPTIONS

Pre-order lunches will be available through one of the city’s newest hotspots for Nordic cuisine, Freya, housed right here in the Museum. Menu options will be available soon; please check back in August to place your lunch order.

PM Classes  |  1:30pm4:30pm

  • ARNE & CARLOS | New Nordic Wrist Warmers Lille-Tuva   SOLD OUT, waitlist available Learn More/Register
  • Susanna Hansson | Bohus Stickning (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register
  • Laura Ricketts | Sámi knitting from Sweden: Skaite-Maria’s the Red and the Black mittens (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register
  • Flóra Carlile-Kovács | Lightweight Nunofelt Scarf (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register
  • Ýr Jóhannsdóttir | New Chapter for Old Jumpers    Free, Learn More/Register  

 
Two women wearing traditional Nordic sweaters in a field with sheep

Keynote Lecture with Reception

Renowned for their exquisitely crafted clothing, the Oleana fashion house was founded in 1992 with the mission to create new jobs in Norway’s textile industry. While the rest of Western Europe had switched to cheap production methods and supplies, Oleana stood out by returning to traditional methods and materials to create their knitwear.

Cost: $50, includes light hors d’oeuvres; tickets available at the door based on availability.

Learn More/Register


 
Red and white Norwegian knit examples with vintage photographs

Day 3  |  Sunday, October 13  |  9am–5pm

Registration  |  8am – 9am, Marketplace  |  8:30am – 5pm

AM Classes  |  9am12pm

LUNCH OPTIONS

Pre-order lunches will be available through one of the city’s newest hotspots for Nordic cuisine, Freya, housed right here in the Museum. Menu options will be available soon; please check back in August to place your lunch order.

PM Classes  |  1:30pm4:30pm

  • ARNE & CARLOS | Master Class in Sock Knitting (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register
  • Justin Allan-Spencer | Traditional Icelandic Counted-Grid Embroidery (Eye Stitch)    Learn More/Register
  • Susanna Hansson | Star Struck  SOLD OUT, waitlist available  Learn More/Register
  • Laura Ricketts | Faroese Footlets (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register
  • Flóra Carlile-Kovács | Felted Hat (Part 2)    See Part 1 to Learn More/Register

 

Find more information about the 2019 Nordic Knitting Conference here

Find information on parking, transportation, dining, and local accommodations.

Our 2019 Knitting Conference Vendors:

  • Acorn Street Shop
  • Edgewood Garden Studio
  • Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Company
  • Jorstad Creek
  • NanoStitch Lab
  • The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop

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