Birch Bark Weaving

Afternoon workshop in birch bark weaving with Elaine Moe

Instructor: Elaine Moe

Dates offered 2020: Dec 4

Birch is a northern symbol and featured in Scandinavian traditions. With careful folding and patience, you will weave two birch bark heart ornaments. You may choose whether to weave both the same or make one of each, as pictured here. While these hearts are lovely when plain, you may also experiment with embellishing them. They 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 Hearts

birch bark heart ornaments

Supply list

Materials: (Included in the course fee.)

  • Birch bark and other materials will be ready for you to use.

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

  • Scissors
  • A tapestry or darning needle for threading ribbon to hang
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: $16

Days offered: One-day session, Fri

Schedule: 1:30–4:30