Viking “Knit” Bracelet Class with Liz Bucheit



Date: August 16, 2020

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level: Requires intermediate hand strength, and a willingness to work with hand tools, pliers, silver wire.

Class Registration Fee:  Early Bird – by July 24, 2020: $80

After July 24, 2020: $90

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful fine silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of weaving resembles “nalbinding” knitting and was used to fabricate everything from sweaters, to netting for catching fish! You’ll have the opportunity to complete a bracelet in a single day – no previous experience required – and all tools and materials will be provided. Add a charm for an additional charge or bring one of your own!

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $125.00

Liz Bucheit creates jewelry and body adornment inspired by her Scandinavian ancestry and keeps close ties to her heritage by drawing inspiration from Nordic folklore and myth.  A goldsmith for over 30 years, she holds a Master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques in Ireland and Norway.  Liz has won numerous competitions and been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation, Sons of Norway, and the SE Minnesota Arts Council.  She has exhibited in museums and cultural centers and her bridal tiaras and wedding jewelry are in many collections.  Liz is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication at the Vesterheim Folk School, Decorah IA, North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN, and the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN.  She owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN.

Students need to bring the following supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Thimble
  • Please bring good magnifying glasses (or cheaters) if you are not used to close work

Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.

Please note: Class starts promptly, so don’t miss a minute of information!