Arts, Hobbies & Crafts


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    by John E. Mitchell
    So, your family draws names and just your luck! For the second year in a row you got Uncle Leroy, a mostly silent bachelor who — other than the Want Ads in the weekly Shopper — doesn't like to read much, and prefers fish over people! Well, here you go. This ... ... more

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    Celebrating Birch: The Lore, Art and Craft of an Ancient Tree


    Compiled by volunteers at the North House Folk School
    This book was created to celebrate ten years of instruction at the North House Folk School, a non-profit formed by "spontaneous combustion," in Grand Marais, MN, on the north shore of Lake Superior. Celebrating Birch is a tribute to the Folk School as well as a salute ... ... more

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    Whittling Little Folk


    by Harley Refsal
    The whittled little folk are delightful. From Kristian to Thea to the Woodsman, acclaimed artist Harley Refsal provides patterns and instructions for carving over 20 delightful characters in wood. Readers will find step-by-step carving and painting instructions for a Scandinavian-inspired man and woman. Once they have learned to carve these, ... ... more

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    Folk Art Trivet


    Ceramic Tile with Cork Back
    This trivet is a tribute to Harley Refsal: author (including two books above), teacher, carver extraordinaire, and recipient of the St. Olav Medal of Honor. Depicting Refsal at work, artist Suzanne Toftey has accurately captured the likeness of Refsal and his characters. Reviving the art of flat-plane carving, Refsal is best ... ... more

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    Swedish Handknits: A Collection of Heirloom Design


    by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel
    Just as the designs in Norwegian Handknits (below) were inspired by items at Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, many of the designs in this book stemmed from the historic textiles at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Along with knitting patterns from various regions in Sweden, the authors include bits of ... ... more

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    Icelandic Handknits: 25 Heirloom Techniques and Projects


    by Héléne Magnússon
    Techniques This is a rich collection of patterns for folk mittens, sweaters, scarves, socks, shawls, and more based on handknitted artifacts at the Textile Museum in Blöduós, Iceland. Lovely photography of Iceland’s rich scenery accompanies the patterns. One section explains special, fully illustrated techniques, and another offers sources for purchasing the special wool. ... ... more

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    Norwegian Handknits


    by Janine Kosel
    Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum

    This beautiful book is a collection of thirty patterns for handknits from Vesterheim—folk mittens, socks, scarves, hats, wristers, handbags, knapsacks, and sweaters—all inspired by traditional knits housed in the museum. With an introduction reflecting on the history of Norwegian-style knitting and ... ... more

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    Norwegian Patterns for Knitting


    by Mette N. Handberg

    Subtitled "Classic Sweaters, Hats, Vests, and Mittens," more than 20 knitting projects fill this volume written by Handberg. Mette N. Handberg designed the 2006-2007 official sweater for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team. She has been a prominent textile artist in Norway for more than 40 years, and has designed patterns ... ... more

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    Knit Nordic


    by Eline Oftedal
    This book of 20 contemporary accessories for the knitter to make has been inspired by four traditional sweater patterns — Marius, Voss, Setesdal, and Fana. Accessory patterns include those for cell phone covers to hotpants, berets, slippers, Christmas stockings, a necktie, and more. Later chapters include information on conversions, abbreviations, finishing techniques, stranded knitting, ... ... more

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    How to Make a Swedish Christmas


    by Helen Ingeborg
    This 32-page revised edition contains directions for common Swedish Christmas crafts, recipes for holiday foods, common phrases, and Christmas songs and traditions. Everything in the books seems easy to follow, and the crafts and recipes utilize common tools and ingredients. Ingeborg explains Swedish traditions such ... ... more

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    Swedish Christmas Crafts


    by Helene S. Lundberg

    Lundberg, a talented woman in Sweden, has published numerous books about Swedish crafts, decorating and entertaining. In this recently released book, translated by Annika S. Hipple, Lundberg lists necessary materials, step-by-step directions, 90 full-page colored pictures, and patterns for projects that incorporate traditional crafts from her homeland with design aspects of contemporary ... ... more

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    Simply Scandinavian


    by Sara Norrman, editor
    Scandinavian design is known world over. This applies to architecture, clothing, furniture, jewelry, and in this case, home interiors. Emphasized are airiness, lightness, and the use of natural elements. Twenty homes in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden are featured in this book, and divided into four categories: Elegant Simplicity, Vintage-Inspired, Pared-Down Modern, and ... ... more