Traditional Nordic Crafts Event April 5, 2020

Traditional Nordic Crafts Event April 5, 2020

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
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St. James Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland, United States 20854

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Traditional Nordic Crafts
Sunday April 5, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

Come and explore traditional Nordic crafts with Drott Lodge. Learn a little of the history and tradition of each, attend ONE break-out session to develop your skills as you carve a butter knife, embroider a dish towel, weave a love knot, or a paint a heart ornament. 

Advance registration is required. Each session is limited to 10-15 participants. If you did the early bird sign up and paid at the Mar 8 meeting, you do not need to register again.

Cost is $5.00 for Drott Lodge members; $15.00 for non-members. 

You will choose your session when registering. Please note - you can only sign up for ONE session. See below for an introduction of each instructor. 

Participants in the wood carving session may choose to purchase their own knife and strop for use during the class ($10 additional cost) and will have that option during checkout.

LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATION IS SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020. This allows our instructors time to purchase supplies and collate kits.


Carving with the Slöjd Knife:
  A Butter Knife Using Traditional Swedish Methods
Bert Bleckwenn is an avid woodworker constantly exploring a variety of inter-related woodworking disciplines including carving, turning, finishing, and American period furniture making.  Bert has been a past president of several woodworking clubs including being the founding president of the Montgomery County Carvers.  He is of German, Swedish, and Norwegian heritages, and has explored a variety of carving styles. He will lead the introductory carving workshop focusing on using traditional Swedish Sl?jd knife techniques to carve a traditional butter knife.
Huck Weaving a Dish Towel:  Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Linda Kay Benning has been on a fiber journey her entire life, exploring new techniques and learning from the incredible work done by primarily women, to add color and beauty with fiber in their lives.  She is an active member of the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, the International Organization of Lace, Inc., the Organisation Internationale de la Dentelle au Fuseau et ? l’Aiguille (International Bobbin and Needle Lace Organization), the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, and Smocking Arts of America. 
Weaving the Patterns of Life:  Plaiting a Swedish Love Knot
 Mary Dix is a master weaver, with over 30 years of experience in this traditional straw art.  As a modern practitioner of this ancient art, she is promoting a craft that was common in Scandinavia well before the Bronze Age!  Mary weaves contemporary as well as historically informed designs, all of which showcase the importance of the harvest, even in today’s society.   
Swedish Art with Heart: Dalmahlning the Heart of Swedish Folk Art
Christina Keune has been a professional heritage artist since 1983 of both Swedish Bondesmaling and Norwegian Rosemaling.  She holds a B.F.A from the George Washington University and earned a Crystal Award in Swedish painting from Minnesota's Gammelgarden Museum which purchased one of her competition entries illustrating the Birth of Jesus and the Three Kings.  She has a Gold Medal in Rosemaling from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA, which also purchased one of her pieces for their permanent collection.  Repeated trips through Sweden and Norway reflect her dedication to this unique 18th and 19th century decorative tradition.

  • Deanna Medlin replied yes for 1 adult

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    Arne Dunhem replied no
    Unfortunately, Eva and I will be traveling that week.

  • Arne Dunhem replied yes for 1 adult



St. James Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, Maryland, United States 20854

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VASA Drott Lodge 168
c/o St. James Episcopal Church
Potomac, MD, 20854
Chairman Karin Weeden

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