Hearts & Stars: Scandinavian Woven Paper Heart Baskets & Moravian Stars with Becky Rehl


Add traditional Danish woven hearts and Moravian stars to your holiday gift giving and family heirloom collections.

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Date:  November 13, 2021

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level: All

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by October 22, 2021: $80.00

After October 22, 2021: $90.00

Learn to create traditional hearts and stars to use as ornaments and as decorative elements. You will first become comfortable with the process of weaving paper into the basic Danish nine-patch heart design. Then explore the endless variety of traditional patterns that are possible with different numbers and widths of strips. We will progress to more complex patterns which use and create inset hearts, stars, and cut-outs, and incorporate patterned papers.

The Moravian 16-pointed paper star is also traditional in Scandinavia and Germany. You will master the series of steps which create these classic 3-D stars, and learn valuable tips which reliably lead to success.

Materials fee: (Paid directly to instructor during class):  $10.00

Students need to bring the following supplies:  All supplies and equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite small, sharp scissors (straight and/or curved) and origami-paper-weight, unfolded wrapping paper. 

Becky Rehl’s lifelong affinity for color and design flourished when she first became heavily involved with Folklore Village in the 1980’s. Meeting and learning from a wide range of traditional folk artists led to a deep respect and appreciation for folk music, dance, and the arts. Over the years, she has moved from creating in a strictly traditional style, to combining traditional techniques with her own design elements. With her business Folksnips, Becky offers both traditional style and custom designed cutouts and hearts, as well as fabric creations.

Where others often find intricate paper cutting and weaving to be tedious, Becky finds it therapeutic. Her seemingly endless patience is key to both the creation and the teaching of these folk arts. She has taught folk crafts, as well as music and dance, to thousands of school children, and has led paper folk art workshops for families and teachers, at Folklore Village and at UW Milwaukee Stringalongs.