Welcome to the Nordic Folklife Weave-along Showcase! We’re excited to share images of the beautiful weavings people have created after taking part in our weave-along program in the Spring of 2021.
On May 13th, 2021 the Nordic Folklife Project partnered with the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, to present Iowa-based weaver Laura Demuth as she led participants in a 90-minute demonstration, weave-along activity, and presentation on Norwegian coverlet traditions featuring images from the Vesterheim collection. The weave-along featured handheld Hello! Looms created by UW Assistant Professor of Design Studies, Marianne Fairbanks, which were sent out to registered participants ahead of the session. The weft-faced weaving methods that Laura Demuth demonstrated on the Hello! Loom allowed participants to replicate the style and several design motifs found in Norwegian coverlets on a much smaller scale.
Over 130 participants tuned into the live presentation and many more have been weaving along with the recorded event, now available online through the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures’ YouTube channel.
Below are some images shared with our project after the session, followed by resources for further exploration. If you participated in the weave-along and you’d like to share a photo of your weaving for this showcase, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, a photo of your weaving, and any other information you’d like us to share about your weaving.
The Nordic Folklife project would like to express our thanks to Laura Demuth for sharing her time and talents with us, to all our programming partners, to everyone who tuned in live to weave with us on May 13th, and to those who are weaving along to the recorded event on YouTube! Happy weaving, everyone!