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Wool Embroidered Sheepskin Mittens

This class runs Fridays, November 8, 15, and 22, from 2-4pm each session.

Get excited to jump into a cozy, interdisciplinary experience of all things sheep while making your own custom embellished sheepskin mittens!  Explore Scandinavian-style wool-on-wool embroidery using hand dyed wool yarns from the instructor’s sheep on upcycled washed wool fabric. Then, using naturally bark-tanned leather from the instructor’s farm, learn how to stitch shearling sheepskin pelt to create comfy chopper-style mittens.  This class is unique in the locally sourced items that will arrive in your kit! Three, small-scale woman-owned operations from rural Wisconsin make each aspect of this project possible — the instructor’s farm raises the sheep, the artisan mill spins and dyes the yarn, and the natural tannery that turns the hides into leather.  Savor this multi-faceted course infused with cozy stories and warm hands for years to come. While previous wool embroidery experience is helpful, no prior experience is required. Suitable for ages 18+.

This is a live virtual class taught over Zoom. Students need a strong internet connection and a device with video capabilities. Additional instructional pdfs are also provided.

Kits ($150 value) are included in the class fee. The class kit includes bark-tanned shearling sheepskin pieces for mittens, five colors of wool yarn from the instructor’s own sheep, prepared wool fabric in black, red, or teal, embroidery needle, Glover’s needle and faux sinew for stitching. Students will be asked to indicate their size preference (unisex small, medium, or large) and cuff color preference at checkout. Please reference the mitten sizing chart below.

In addition to your kit supplies, students must provide fabric scissors, thread scissors, straight sewing pins, 12 fabric clips, beeswax bar or candle, ruler, and a leather burnishing tool or spoon. Optionally, students may find a silver sharpie and supple thimble (or band-aids) helpful.

Kits will be available for pick up at the American Swedish Institute starting October 31st or can be shipped for an additional $15 fee. Registration for this kit-based class closes October 25th or whenever sold out.

Mitten Sizing Reference

How do you determine the correct mitten size? To determine “width,” please measure around your palm at your knuckle (circumference). To determine “length,” please measure from the crease at the base of your palm to the end of your longest finger. Select the size below that most closely matches your measurements.

Small mitten : 7.5-inch width, 7-inch length

Medium mitten: 8-inch width, 7.5-inch length

Large mitten: 8.5-inch width, 8-inch length