Intro to Skinnfell (Ages 16+) – Saturday, October 26, 2024

Oct 26, 2024 9:30AM—4:30PM


Marine Mills Folk School, 550 Pine Street, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Cost $190.00

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Norwegian Skinnfell entails hand-stitching and wood block printing on tanned sheepskins. Traditionally used for an entire family’s warm bedding on cold winter nights, skinnfell traps were created from muiltiple hides that were carefully stitched together and then decorated with motifs meant to convey good wishes to the receiver. In this introductory class, we will turn a single sheepskin into a bench cover, chair/couch throw, or two chair pads.

In addition to printing with carved blocks from Norway, students will learn how to apply various edging options. Participants will need hand strength to stitch through layers of sheepskin. They may finish stitching at home.

Skinnfell padsYour instructor will provide the following:

  • one tanned sheepskin
  • leather cutters needle
  • thread
  • handout
  • use of wood blocks, binder clips, rollers, trays, skewers, paper towels, etc.

Students are asked to bring:

  • Students are welcome to bring their own tanned sheepskin, which will be evaluated for use in class.
  • Pencil
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Wyeglasses, if needed
  • Clear plastic quilting ruler
  • Binder clips 1⁄2- to 1-inch wide
  • Leather thimble, highly recommended
  • Optional: small jewelry pliers, favorite stamps from home, apron to protect clothing

Instructor will bring equipment to share in class for participants unable to find all the listed items.

Since your class runs over the lunch hour, we recommend you bring a lunch or click here to learn about local eating opportunities.

Skill Level
No experience required. 

Age Requirement
Students ages 16 and older are welcome to attend this class. Ages 16-17 can register with parent permission (by email to  

Location Details
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

Cost Details
Tuition: $90
Materials Fee: $100
Total Cost: $190
*Note that the materials fee will be reduced to $40 for participants who bring a suitable tanned hide to class. Hides will be evaluated at the beginning of class. They need to be soft and flexible in order to handstitch. And the leather side needs to be smooth in order to get good, crisp prints.

NOTE:  Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for a class with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

If interested, you can find our cancellation policy here.