SAGA HILL – Workshops & Classes

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I love teaching both the techniques and historical aspects of each subject. When you take one of my workshops or classes, you will have a good time playing with yarn or fiber—and in the process, you will learn something more in-depth about the subject than you may experience in the typical learning experience.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
BY W.J. JOHNSON OF SAGA HILL
– 2024 –

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE (ASI)

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407; 612-871-4907. asimn.org

NORDIC HANDCRAFT WORKSHOP
Wendy at flax break
Intro to Swedish Linen with Wendy Johnson
(a half-day workshop)
SOLD OUT! See link below to get on a waiting list.

April 20, 2024, 1–4 PM
I have been offering flax production workshops at ASI (and flax workshops and presentations elsewhere) since being awarded the 2022–2023 ASI Teaching Tools Grant (for flax processing equipment) (click here for more information).

Learn about the rich, storied history of Swedish flax growing and linen processing from ancient times to today, and discover the steps involved in growing, harvesting, and processing flax fiber for making linen. Students will have hands-on experience in the processing of flax stalks to spinnable fibers using traditional hand tools. Suitable for ages 16+.

Experience level: No experience is necessary. This workshop is for everyone interested in the history and growing of flax, not just for those interested in spinning it!
Cost and materials fee: $60 ASI members, $70 nonmembers, plus $30 fee for materials to be paid to the instructor.
The workshop is SOLD OUT! Go to asimn.org to get on a waiting list or express your interest in having it offered again in the future.

I am offering new classes in other Swedish handcraft subjects at the ASI in 2024. They will be posted here and on the ASI website when they have been scheduled.  


CITY OF PLYMOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION

Plymouth Creek Activity Center, Education Wing, 14800 34th Avenue N., Plymouth, MN 55447.
Click here to visit the City of Plymouth Parks & Recreation website and register for these upcoming classes. To select the class, enter the activity number for the class (see below) on their online registration form. You will need to set up an online account with the City of Plymouth to be able to complete your registration.


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Viking Trails Cuff – a beginning cable knitting workshop
April 6, 2024, 1–4 PM
Register at the City of Plymouth Parks and Recreation site (see link above) with Activity number 15113.

Learn how to read cable charts and knit basic cable stitches while beginning to knit a pair of cozy cuffs.
Experience level: Students need to know how to knit and purl.
Materials to bring: U.S. size 5 or 6 straight or circular needles, cable needle, and general knitting supplies. Soft wool yarn in an ecru color and the pattern (created by the instructor) will be provided by the instructor and are included in the class fee.
Cost: $70 for Plymouth residents; $80 for non-residents. Note: If you have received a printed Activity Guide from the City of Plymouth, the cost shown in the Guide is a misprint.


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Learn How to Kettle-Dye Yarn
June 15, 2024, 12:30–4:30 PM
Registration will be open soon at the City of Plymouth Parks and Recreation site (see link above). A link to the registration page will also be provided here. Use Activity number 25146-01.

Learn about different types of dyes and dye processes while kettle dyeing skeins of yarn using low-impact synthetic dyes.
Experience level: None needed.
Materials to bring: Students should wear work clothes and an old apron. The yarn and all other dye supplies and tools will be provided with a fee included in the class cost.
Cost: $88 for Plymouth residents; $96 for non-residents.


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Learn How to Hand-Paint Yarn
July 20, 2024, 12:30–4:30 PM
Registration will be open soon at the City of Plymouth Parks and Recreation site (see link above). A link to the registration page will also be provided here. Use Activity number 25150-01.

Learn hand-painting dye techniques and hand-paint skeins of yarn using low-impact synthetic dyes.
Experience level: None needed.
Materials to bring: Students should wear work clothes and an old apron. The yarn and all other dye supplies and tools will be provided with a fee included in the class cost.
Cost: $88 for Plymouth residents; $96 for non-residents.




Classes & workshops are added as opportunities come up.
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If you're interested in any class or workshop shown but can't attend on the scheduled date, please contact me

If you don't see a class or workshop that interests you, some of my previously taught subjects include: Swedish Heritage Knitting, such as Lovikka Mitten Knitting; Tvåändstickning (Two-Ended/Twined Knitting); and Halland/Binge Knitting. Other knitting workshops & classes I offer are: Beginning Fair Isle Knitting (two-color knitting; Beginning Lace Knitting; Beginning Knitting; Modular Knitting; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others.

Among my spinning workshops & classes are: Beginning Spinning with Spindle & Wheel; Spinning Short Fibers; Silk Spinning; Flax Processing & Spinning; Spinning Camelid Fibers; Wool Fiber Processing; and Fiber Dyeing.

If any of these subjects spark your interest (or another subject), please let me know. Advance interest helps establish future offerings.


Private workshops & classes & Speaking Engagements

I am able to schedule in-person private workshops & classes for individuals and groups. I also speak before groups on the subject of Swedish textiles and their history. Please contact me for more information.