All exhibits are currently closed

while we move into our new home in downtown Ballard.

Opening May 2018

Scandinavian Flag Ball

With Vicki Nelson  
Craft School 
Craft School

Scandinavian Flag Ball

With Vicki Nelson


The Japanese tradition Temari originates from China, dating back about 1500 years ago. Back then, Temari was made from deer hide and used by nobles to play ball games. It is the Japanese symbol of perfection and a gift of joy and happiness. It is sometimes called a “mother’s love ball.” Ladies of the early 17th century Imperial Court challenged each other to contests to determine whose ball was the most intricate, opulent, brightest, or most subtle use of color. Ball patterns developed one from another and subjects grew, becoming inspired from cultures around the world.

Now Temari balls are being transformed to represent other heritages. Vicki Nelson’s love for sewing and craft began in her teen years when her grandmother taught her how to crochet. She has since fine-tuned her craft, studying under a “Master in the art of Temari” over the past six years. Vicki belongs to the Sons of Norway and has made Norwegian flag balls as ornaments for all five Scandinavian countries. Most recently she made 150 Norwegian flag balls for District Two Sons of Norway. The instructor will supply all materials but please specify which Scandinavian flag you would like to make upon registration.

Maximum number of students: 20

Cost: $18 for Members; $20 general admission

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Our new facility will open May 5, 2018!


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and be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.