Date: August 14 & 15, 2020
Friday, August 14: 3 – 5 pm
Saturday, August 15: 10 am – 5 pm
Skill Level: No previous experienced required. However, detailed handwork and sewing will be intrinsic to the finished product.
Class Registration Fee: Early Bird – by July 24, 2020: $100
After July 24, 2020: $110
Some of the most fascinating objects demonstrating medieval man’s craftsmanship have come from Viking burials of the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden. The term “posament” refers to a method of knotting and braiding wire into ornaments used to decorate textiles. In this class students will practice the art of posament using nylon cords to perfect either a “Josephine” or triangular series of braided knots. We will then construct a length of knots using pewter coiled thread (96% tin + 4% silver) and sew the finished braid to a softened leather strip to create a bracelet. A pewter button finishes off the bracelet.
Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $95.00
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:
- Please bring good magnifying glasses (or cheaters) if you are not used to close work
Please note: Class starts promptly, so don’t miss a minute of information!
Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Ice Cream Social.