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Nordic Knitting Conference 2014


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October November
  • Lecture: The Moo-Moo-Moomintrolls of Tove Jansson 
  • Craft School: Mead Making Workshop/a>
  • Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting And Drinking Songs
  • Soup & Cinema: Our Own Oslo/Okkar Eign Osló
  • December March




    Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Get a head start on your holiday shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere at Yulefest, the event that offers a taste of a traditional Nordic Christmas.

    Find the perfect present for each person on your holiday shopping list by perusing the Nordic-inspired wares of more than 40 merchants. The annual Yulefest Raffle features the grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Icelandair, in addition to many other prizes! Raffle tickets may be purchased before and during Yulefest at the Museum.

    The weekend-long festival presents authentic open-face sandwiches in the Nordic Café; winter treats such as krumkake at Goodies-to-Go, lefse in the Kaffestuga, and Danish æbleskiver and the holiday beverage glögg, a hot spiced wine and the toast of the Bodega!

    Scandinavian fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers bring Nordic culture to life, performing on stages throughout the Museum. Young and old alike enjoy free holiday-inspired crafts, activities, and visits with Santa.

    View photos from last year's Yulefest celebration on our Flickr page here!

    Admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 11, and kids under 6 are free. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2.

    Would you like to volunteer at this fun event? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Ide, at michaeli@nordicmuseum.org. Thank you!

    Craft School: Woodcarving with Erik Holt

    Saturdays, 9:00am-3:30pm

    October 4, 11, 18, 25
    November 1, 8, 15, 29
    December 6, 13, 20

    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 as seen above. 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.

    Classes are paid for by the month. Visit Instructor Erik Holt’s website for more information about tools and supplies:

    Classes start at $45 for members, $47 for non-members.

    There are discounts for purchasing multiple classes at once.

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

    Craft School: Rosemaling
    Craft School: Rosemaling with Marilyn Hansen

    October 10, 17, 18, 25, 26, and 31, 2014

    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.

    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

    Cost: $33 per session / $35 per session. Purchase tickets here:

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

    From the Front to the West Coast
    Craft School: Workshop & Lecture: Caring for Your Heirloom Photographs

    Saturday, October 18th, 2:00-4:00pm

    Join a member of the Museum’s collections team for a workshop on the care, display, and storage of both digital and non-digital photographs and a behind-the-scenes tour of our photo storage.

    Photographs need proper care to survive. Learn the museum’s tricks and techniques for caring for our photo collection and the different ways to safely show or store photographs. In conjunction with the Color of Time exhibition, our curators will show you the different tools and accessories they use on the museum’s photos, and give you tips for adapting them for home use. You’ll get to see the way our curators store the museum collection on a special tour of our storage space.

    You will go home with multiple handouts and other useful information on caring for important images.

    Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members. Purchase tickets here:

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

     Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever
    Community Event: Ballard: Best Place Ever

    Thursday October 23, 7pm

    Join us for a community event celebrating Ballard old and new. Ballard residents, business owners, artists and musicians will gather for a fun evening of talks, music, food and vendors. Food will be graciously provided by Ballard Landmark.

    Among the speakers we have artist Matt Bazemore, urban farmer Jeanene Miller from Abundant Greens Urban Farm, micro-brewer Adam Robbing, co-founder/head brewer at Reuben’s Brews and architects from Mithun who will talk about the plans for the new Museum on Market Street.

    Also participating in this event are Ballard Famers Market, Ballard Historical Society, Secret Garden Books and more.
    Moderator for the evening will be Peggy Sturdivant freelance writer, well-known for her popular column in Ballard News-Tribune, At Large in Ballard with Peggy Sturdivant

    This event is in conjunction with the exhibit The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn, photographs by Tod Gangler. The exhibit will be open for a special viewing during this event and Tod Gangler will be in attendance.

    This is an evening you don’t want to miss!

    Cost: Free, $5 donation suggested. Purchase tickets here:

    Or by calling 206.789.5707 ext. 10.

    MoominLecture: The Moo-Moo-Moomintrolls of Tove Jansson

    Tuesday, November 4, 7PM

    UW Professor Lotta Gavel Adams will give a power point presentation of what actually lurks behind the seemingly innocent faces of Tove Jansson's popular Moomintrolls.

    $5 suggested donation

    RSVP at moominlecture.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    mead making
    Craft School: Mead Making Workshop

    Sunday, November 9, 2-4pm

    Make your own mead! Erik Newquist, founder of Everett's Æsir Meadery, leads this hands-on introduction to the art and science of mead-making. You will learn a bit about the history and culture of this drink, then dive into the mead-making process. After reviewing materials and ingredient choices, each participant will get to brew a one-gallon batch of mead. You'll depart with handouts, complete instructions on caring for and drinking your mead, and a tasty gallon of this ancient, yet still popular, drink. Bring your own materials and ingredients or Erik will provide them for a materials fee of $50.

    All the materials you need to complete these projects are included with your materials fee.

    What to bring if you're bringing your own materials:  What is in kits (kits are $50): What everyone should bring (kits or bringing your own everything):
    2 Gallon Plastic Fermenter w/lid 2 Gallon Plastic Fermenter w/lid Notebook
    Airlock 1 Gallon Glass Jug Writing implement
    Cylinder (graduated or non graduated) Airlock Stirring device (ex: long handled wooden spoon)
    Hydrometer Rubber Stopper 1 cup Measuring cup (if you don't want to share)
    thermometer Nylon Straining Bag  
    optional:  Cylinder (non graduated)  
    Specific questions. Siphon Tubing (4ft)  
      Shut off clamp for siphon tubing  
      Racking Cane w/clip  
      Campden Tablets - 25ct  
      Yeast - 3 pks (basic wine yeast)  
      Yeast Nutrient  
      Acid Blend  
      Pectic Enzyme  
      Book - "Winemakers Recipe Handbook"  

    Cost: $50 for Members, plus $50 materials fee if not bringing own; $55 for non-Members, plus $55 materials fee if not bringing own.

    Register at craftschool-meadmaking.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Nordic Beer Tasting And Drinking Songs

    Sunday, November 9,6-8

    Nordic Heritage Museum’s Craft School presents a special pre-Yulefest evening of beer and song.
    Sample and analyze a wide range of Nordic and Nordic-style beers, including the first tasting of a fresh batch 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 songs. Learn Helan går; Han skal leve; O, så synger vi; and others. Kathi will share her expertise in the history and culture of Norse drinking traditions.

    Cost: $30 for Members; $35 for non-Member.

    Register at craftschool-beertasting.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Soup & Cinema: Our Own Oslo/Okkar Eign Osló

    Tuesday November 11, 12pm
    Our Own Oslo is an Icelandic romantic comedy. We follow the romantic entanglement of Harald, a forty year old engineer, and Vilborg, a single-mother whose life is out of control. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

    Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

    Tickets at soupandcinema-november.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Woven Christmas Hearts

    Tuesday, December 2, 7-8.30pm
    Weaving Christmas hearts out of paper is an old Scandinavian tradition. The hearts create a little basket that can be used to decorate Christmas trees or gift boxes, and can be filled with nuts, candy, or other little surprises.

    Learn how to make the basic hearts as well as more complex ones from instructor Ingela Wänerstrand who learned this craft from Knut Vaegter, a Danish Christmas hearts expert.

    The special paper for the hearts is provided along with coffee and ginger snaps. Bring scissors, pencil, and clear tape — and candy or nuts to fill your little heart basket.

    Cost: $18 for Members; $20 for non-Members

    Register at craftschool-christmashearts.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Aebleskiver Cooking Workshop

    Saturday, December 6, 10am-12:30pm

    Aebleskiver (small spherical pancakes) are a popular holiday treat in Denmark--join us for an encore engagement of this popular workshop. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to cook a variety of these tasty snacks. Review the history and culture of the dish; roll up your sleeves and get cooking; then stay for a brunch with all the trimmings.

    Cost: $25 for Members; $30 for non-Members.

    Register at craftschool-christmascooking.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Soup & Cinema: Love and Lemons/Små citroner gula

    Tuesday December 8, 12pm
    Love and Lemons is a romantic comedy about love, friendship and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Agnes, a chef, decides to risk it all when she is fired and dumped on the same day. She opens a restaurant with her best friend and falls in love with the one person who cannot know who she really is. Soup, bread, and coffee will be served.

    Cost: $8 for Museum members, $12 for non-members

    Tickets at soupandcinema-december.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Craft School: Nordic Spinning with Judith MacKenzie

    If you would like to share the day with an internationally-known teacher, fiber artist and master spinner, please join Judith MacKenzie for one or more of these hands-on workshops:

    Saturday, March 7, 9:00-4:00, The Gentle Art of Spinning for Lace.

    Sunday, March 8, 9:00-12:00, The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Classic Swedish Tapestry.

    Sunday, March 8, 1:00-4:00, The Art of Tradition: Spinning for Norwegian Coverlets.

    Judith's classes provide a wide-ranging blend of technical and historical knowledge, skill, and invaluable information about the craft of turning fleece into yarn. As well as teaching throughout the United States and Europe, she contibutes regularly to Spin-Off mazagine, has been featured on many DVDs, and has written multiple books, including Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner. .

    See event registration page for workshop fees.

    Register at judith-spinning-march.eventbrite.com

    Or, call the Museum's Reservation Line at 206.789.5707, ext. 10.

    Special Events

    Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum holds three special events in addition to our regular programming.

    Mark your calendar for these exciting events, and check back for more information as they get closer!

    Viking Days: August 16 & 17, 2014
    Nordic Knitting Conference (held every other year) October 3 - 5, 2014
    Yulefest: November 22 & 23, 2014
    Mostly Nordic: Chamber Music Series and Smörgåsbord: Early in 2015, exact dates to be determined

    Visit our Museum Flickr page for photos from all these great events!

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