Decorah, Iowa home of the Versterheim Norwegian-American Museum.
Wednesday April 29th - Sunday May 3rd, 2020
To register, Make your payment using the buttons on this page. Then, fill out the Registration Form (scan or photograph it) and attach it to an email and send it to us at:
Spend 5 days knitting inspired by the patterns and techniques we explore at the Vesterheim. We will receive a discount to the museum, talks from their Chief Curator, and private time in a classroom with samples.
We will bring original patterns and samples for a Cowl, Hat and Mittens, all inspired by our visit to the Vesterheim. We will also have "generic" patterns, which will allow you to "create your own" project, or follow one of our patterns.
We have rented a very comfortable retreat house across the street from the Museum (complete with classroom), and have built in free time to knit, explore the Museum, and the Decorah area.
About the Vesterheim
Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with over 33,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and a library and archives. This treasure showcases the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world.
Vesterheim’s exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. USA Today named Vesterheim one of “ten great places in the nation to admire American folk art.”
They also house a collection of garments for everyday, special occasions, and occupational dress. Including: folk costumes, fashionable dress, children’s clothing, Norwegian sweaters and other knit wear.
Located in the northeast corner of Iowa, the city of Decorah is nestled in the Oneota River Valley, whose rolling hills & river provide a beautiful backdrop for a delightful small-town atmosphere. There is plenty to see and do in Decorah including - Seed Savers, a Fish Hatchery, Wineries, Luther College, hiking trails and more. We have built in free time for you to explore the area.
To get a taste of what this sweet little town has to offer click here
We have rented Red’s Retreat & Guesthouse conveniently located across the street from the V Museum! It is a 3 story farm house, built in 1914, will comfortably sleep 13 guests scattered on 3 levels with a full bath on each level. An additional 1,100 square foot common space will be perfect for our break out sessions.
This retreat is very conduscive to coming with a /friend/spouse/partner and choosing your own housing. There are B&B's and hotels in the area. We have priced this retreat for both options (with and without housing)
Participants will need to get themselves to Decorah. (You will have everyone's emails if you would like to set up carpooling.)
For suppers we are looking into a combination of catered meals, ordering food in, and "free" nights to dine however you choose.
Breakfast and Lunch will be on your own. You are welcome to bring food and cook for yourself or explore restaurants in town.
For the Break Out sessions we will be teaching techniques based on historical pieces from the Museum. These will be small projects.
4:00 check in
5:00pm Supper (catered or ordered in)
Welcome to the Week-end. Introductions
7:00pm Vesterheim talk - All Tradition is Change
9:00 Diane and Jan introduce projects and Break Outs
1:00 Vesterheim Talk - History of the Norwegian Sweater (Stay with samples or free time)
Supper (on your own)
9:00 am Work on Projects
1:00 Break Out Session or Free time
5:00pm Supper (catered or ordered in)
9:00 am Vesterheim Talk - Traditional Natural Dyeing
Show and Tell weekly progress
Pack up, clean up
11:00 check out