Birch Bark Weaving

Afternoon workshop in birch bark weaving with Elaine Moe

Instructor: Elaine Moe

Dates offered 2017: Dec 1

Dates offered 2018: Aug 17

Birch is a northern symbol and featured in Scandinavian traditions. With careful folding and patience, you will create a 3-dimensional birch bark star. A birch bark bead shape and variation will also be taught. You may add additional beads of your choosing to your ornament—we'll provide some, or feel free to bring your own. These stars are perfect as a holiday or year-round ornament for decorating your home, or for gift-giving. There will be some birch bark weaving discussion as we go along. No prior experience is necessary.

Birch Bark Star Ornament

birch bark star ornament

Supply list

Materials: (Included in the course fee.)

  • Birch bark and other materials will be ready for you to use.
  • If you have particular beads you would like to use in place of the instructor-supplied ones, feel free to bring them.

Supplies: (Please bring your own. If you don't have these things, we have a few to share.)

  • Scissors
  • Small needle nose pliers
  • A few assorted sizes of sewing needles
  • A tapestry or darning needle
Elaine Moe

Elaine Moe is a birch bark basketry weaver in the Finnish/Scandinavian/Russian tradition. She workshops with Russian master craftsman Vladimir Yarish when he teaches in the U.S., and is mentored by MN life-long silviculturist and folk school instructor John Zasada. Elaine has taught ornament workshops at the Finnish Center at Saima Park in Fitchburg, MA, and as a Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant recipient she has been an instructor at the Finnish American Heritage Society in Canterbury, CT.

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 8

Course fee: $40

Materials fee: $10

Days offered: One-day session, Fri

Schedule: 1:30–4:30

Call us to register for the 2017 workshop!