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Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

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Children's Programs

Nordic Stories Nordic Stories

The first Thursday of each month, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for our fifth year of Nordic Stories, geared toward preschool aged children and their grown-ups. Held the 1st Thursday of each month from 10am to 11am, Nordic Stories features children's stories from the Nordic countries, along with fun craft projects. This is a free program, no reservations are necessary. Please note: This program is not intended for large groups.

Thursday, May 1: A Hippo’s Tale by Lena Landström (Sweden)
Thursday, June 5: Hiccup the Seasick Viking by Cressida Cowell

Heritage Camp
Heritage Camp: Nordic Kids

Monday - Friday, June 23 - 27, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This year’s Heritage Camp: Nordic Kids is open to boys and girls ages 7-11, and will be a week of fun activities and crafts related to all things kid from the Nordic countries! We are happy to announce that the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 is again co-sponsoring camp.

Cost: $150 for Museum Members, $100 for members of the Leif Erikson Lodge (thanks to an extra subsidy they are providing to their members), and $175 for non-members.

Reservations are necessary, and can be made by contacting Alison Church at 206.789.5707, ext. 19 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

LEGO Workshop
LEGO Workshop for Kids

Tuesday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. - noon

The Museum’s summer exhibition is Danish Modern: Design for Living, and what is more Danish than LEGO! Join us for a fun morning of LEGO building with local LEGO expert Dan Parker - back for a fifth year at the Nordic Heritage Museum! Spend time creating on your own with the large supply of LEGO bricks and specialty pieces, or join one of Dan’s break-out classes on LEGO tricks and techniques. Explore various aspects of LEGO design along with other LEGO enthusiasts! Ages 5 to 12.

Cost: $25 for Museum Members; $35 general admission. Register online here:

Eventbrite - LEGO Workshop for Kids

Or call Alison Church at 206.789.5707, ext. 19.

Barneleikarringen of Greater Seattle
Two Sunday afternoons each month
Calling young dancers!

Barneleikarringen invites young people to learn Nordic dancing. Students and parents learn fun folkdances from each of the five Nordic countries. Instructors emphasize basic cultural aspects of these countries as well as music and dance steps. No prior experience necessary—all dances are taught. Dances are geared for everyone age 4 and up. We love it when parents, grandparents, and friends dance with the kids. Children also have the opportunity to take part in performances with the group at various locations.

We meet at the Nordic Heritage Museum on two Sunday afternoons each month. Some practices are at other locations when Museum space is unavailable.

For questions, please call 425. 954.5257 or email Barneleikarringen@gmail.com. Visit the Barnleikarringen website for more information.

The group is sponsored in part by Leikarringen and Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001.

Teen Programs

Teen Council Exhibit Install
Nordic Heritage Teen Council

The Nordic Heritage Teen Council (NHTC) is a small group of high school students who contribute to the exhibits, programs, and events at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The council meets biweekly over a 10-week period to develop and implement projects for the Museum. They are also active in volunteering with the various events at the Museum throughout the year.

Currently the NHTC has a display on view at the Museum titled Sailing the Seas of our Heritage.

The NHTC’s spring session starts April 3. The Spring Session of the Nordic Heritage Teen Council will center on how museums display and communicate social issues. Teens will look at the topics of social movements as well as social justice while creating an exhibit for the Nordic Heritage Museum. The NHTC Spring Session, will be an exciting place to explore how museums function in a society, learn best practices installing an exhibit, and allow you to work with other teens to produce an exhibit. NHTC includes students of all backgrounds. Council members will also contribute to the blog and spend a few hours volunteering at the Museum.

Want to be a part of the NHTC spring session? Apply online here by March 31!
Spring Session: April 3 - June 5

Learn more about the NHTC and their work around the museum on their blog.

Pictured right: Teens learn how an exhibition is created by curating their own. Here installation is in progress.

Adult Programs

Nordic Woodcarving
Craft School: Nordic Woodcarving with Erik Holt

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28

Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo and Viking/Dragon styles in this class. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style (see below), working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style.

Woodcarvers at all levels, beginners to experienced, are welcome in the class. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects. Class options of two to five classes per month.

Cost: $200 for 5 classes; $160 for 4 classes; $125 for 3 classes; $85 for 2 classes; $45 for 1 class.

Register online using the link below. Note, you will choose the number of classes you would like to purchase; and you will be asked which days you plan on attending upon Eventbrite checkout. (Please note that no credit is available for missed classes.)

March & April: Eventbrite - March & April Nordic Woodcarving with Erik Holt

May & June: Eventbrite - May & June Nordic Woodcarving with Erik Holt

Or you may enroll by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Aebleskiver Pan
Craft School: Nordic Pancakes Series

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
January 25 SOLD OUT!
February 15 SOLD OUT!
March 15 SOLD OUT!
April 12
May 10

Join us for one or more Saturday morning hands-on classes to learn how to cook the pancakes from each of the five Nordic countries. Review the history and culture of each dish, roll up your sleeves and cook; then stay for a brunch with all the trimmings.

January 25: Norwegian Pannekaker and pea soup, with Daytona Strong
February 15: A variety of Danish Æbleskiver, with Peter Boeskov
March 15: Icelandic Pönnukökur with rhubarb jam & whipped cream as well as Kleinur (Icelandic doughnuts), with Margrét Sölvadóttir
April 12: Finnish Pannukakku (baked pancake), lettu (crepes), and sausage, with Noel Wannebo
May 10: Swedish Pannkakstårta (pancake cake) and baking songs, with Ruth Johnson-Pirie, “the singing baker”

Cost: $25/day for Members; $30/day for non-Members. Take the entire series for a discount: $110 for Members; $130 for non-Members.

Register online using the link below.

Eventbrite - Craft School: Nordic Pancakes

Or you may enroll by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Craft School: Norwegian Embroidery with Jody Grage

SOLD OUT! Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
March 29 & May 3

Learn a wide variety of embroidery stitches used on Norwegian folk costumes. Starting with a sampler, you learn to do embroidery that is consistent and attractive; then transform your sampler into a tote bag or pillow cover with unique diagonal interest.

The workshop runs two days. On March 29, you learn the stitches and begin work on your sampler. On May 3, return with your completed sampler and turn it into a tote bag or pillow cover.

Bring 30" square of solid-color wool fabric, wool and cotton embroidery thread you have on hand (more will be available to purchase), and the usual embroidery supplies.

Instructor Jody Grage is an expert on Norwegian heritage clothing. She has worked at the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway, where she cataloged, repaired, and created traditional costumes.

Cost: $50 for Members; $55 non-Members for both days; an additional $10 materials fee payable to the instructor.

This class is currently sold out. You may sign up for the waitlist at the link below.

Eventbrite - Craft School: Norwegian Embroidery with Jody Grage

Or you may enroll by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Hansen Instructing
Craft School: Norwegian Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

Fridays & Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 31

Explore this traditional Norwegian form of decorative folk art, or simply brush up on your painting and design skills. Telemark, Hallingdal and Gudbrandsdal are just some of the regional styles taught in this class. Students paint on a variety of decorative and useful objects. All levels of painters welcome, and taking at least two classes is recommended.

Hansen is an experienced instructor and a member of The Western Rosemalers Association. She is a gifted painter whose work is known and appreciated throughout the United States.

Cost: $29/day for Members; $31/day for non-Members. In addition, you may purchase supplies from Hansen at the time of the workshop: $10 for a plate; brushes are $6 each; using her paints is $7; color copies are $1.

Register online using the link below. NOTE: Please order the number of "one-day tickets" for the number of classes you plan on taking. Upon check-out you will choose the dates you plan to attend.

Eventbrite - Craft School: Norwegian Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

Or you may enroll by calling Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Nordic Beer Tasting
Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting and Drinking Songs

Sunday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Craft School presents a special midsummer evening of beer and song. Sample and analyze a wide range of Nordic-style beers, including the first tasting of fresh batches brewed especially for this event. Taste samples of the barley, malt, and hops used to gain a better understanding of the craft of beermaking.

Then, join the museum’s music archivist, Kathi Ploeger, to learn some typical Nordic drinking and midsummer songs. Kathi will share her expertise in the history and culture of Norse drinking traditions.

Buy your tickets online soon; the event is likely to sell out!

Cost: Members $30; general admission $35.

Eventbrite - Nordic Beer Tasting and Drinking Songs

Or you may call Jeremy Ehrlich at 206-789-5707, ext. 21.

Nordic Knitting Cafe Nordic Knit and Spin Cafe

First Sunday of every month, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Both new and experienced knitters are encouraged to bring their knitting and spinning projects and find kindred spirits at Nordic Knit and Spin Cafe.

You don’t have to be Nordic to knit Nordic!

Cost: free, donations welcome.

Scandinavian Language Institute

The Scandinavian Language Institute (SLI) has been providing Seattle-area adults their Nordic language education for more than 30 years. Whether you are a true beginner, simply need a refresher course, or are looking to advance your language skills, SLI has options for you in Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Most classes are held here at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Spring Quarter begins March 24! Join SLI this March for a nine-week course in your choice of language and level. Tuition ranges from $85 to $110 depending on the class. Discounts and partial scholarships are available. Registration takes place in class - just show up and you're in!

See the SLI website for the full schedule for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as for information about the SLI faculty and more.

Learn more about the Scandinavian Language Institute in this great video:

Nordic Knitting Conference 2014

Arne & Carlos October 3 - 5, 2014

Registration will open on Monday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.!

Mark your calendars for this exciting event! Held once every two years, the Nordic Knitting Conference is your chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters, spinners, and textile artists.

Meet Arne & Carlos! The popular Scandinavian knitting duo will headline the conference in 2014.

Susanna Hansson
Judith MacKenzie
Mary Jane Mucklestone
Cirilia Rose
Dianna Walla
and special guest instructor Laura Ricketts

"The caliber of the instructors is amazing, as is the camaraderie of the knitters. It was all I expected and more."
-- 2012 Conference Attendee

Registration will open on Monday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.!

View the full schedule and all the details on the Nordic Knitting Conference page of the website here!

For Teachers

The Nordic Heritage Museum invites school groups to visit our exhibits, either on guided or self-guided tours. Reservations are required for all group visits at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Education Department at (206) 789-5707 ext.19 or email: alisonc@nordicmuseum.org.

Museum Tours
Guided Tours
Guided tours take place in our Dream of America exhibit and include a curriculum guide, a guide to Washington State EALRs addressed, and a scavenger hunt for students to use on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Bring your class’s study of immigration, Nordic culture, or Washington State history alive with this popular tour. Travel back to the nineteenth-century Scandinavian countryside with your students to begin the journey to America through the Dream of America’s life-like settings and period artifacts. The voyage continues through captivating displays, as students board a ship to cross the Atlantic, and disembark at Ellis Island. Moving through the Midwest, the trek ends in the Pacific Northwest and Ballard, Seattle. Make the Nordic immigrant experience universal with this dynamic tour using role-playing and illustrative props! Minimum of ten students, maximum of 30 on guided tours. Larger groups can schedule back-to-back tours. One chaperone is required for every six students. Self-guided Tours
Teachers are also welcome to bring students on self-guided tours. Scavenger hunts are available for all three floors of the museum.

Outreach Trunks Immigrant Trunk
The Immigrant Trunk is full of hands-on artifacts that reflect common objects brought by Nordic immigrants to America during the nineteenth century. Use the classroom activities and teacher’s manual, personal belongings, and replicas of immigrant documents from the Museum’s collection to bring history alive. Let the Immigrant Trunk give your class a personal glimpse into the immigration period of the late 1800s.The Immigrant Trunk is a great complement to the Dream of America guided tour.

NEW! Nordic Folk Art Trunk
The newly completed Nordic Folk Art Trunk includes a wealth of folk art objects from the Nordic region. Students can explore traditional art forms such as painting, paper arts, textiles, and music. Books, music CDs, and a teacher's manual round out this classroom resource.

Viking Trunk
The Viking Trunk contains faithful replicas of Viking Age artifacts for your students to handle and try on, including clothing, armor, and jewelry. Slides depicting the world of the Vikings, informative books, and a teacher’s manual filled with information and activities for classroom use complete this fun outreach resource. Use the Viking Trunk to discover with your students how the Vikings really lived.

Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk
The Trolls and Norse Gods Trunk is an excellent resource for classes studying folktales or myths, or for those who just love trolls and Norse gods. This trunk contains troll and Norse god costumes, music stories to read in class along with story writing aids, and a teacher’s manual filled with information about trolls and Norse gods and activities to use in your classroom.

Teachers Packets
Our Education Department has created packets especially for educators to use in their classrooms.

Current Teachers Packets Available in PDF:

Holidays in Scandinavia

Nordic Holiday Crafts

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