Hemslöjd

Arts & Crafts Workshops

Come create with us!

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About Hemslöjd

Join us to create works of decorative or functional art inspired by Scandinavian topics or artists. Our workshops explore themes of folk art, family history, and book- or paper-based creations.

 

Hemslöjd?

Hemslöjd (pronounced hem-sloyd) means "handicraft" in Swedish. 

Cost

Cost varies based on the project, but are always lower for our Swenson Center members. Become a member today!

In-Person/Virtual

Some workshops will have an option for virtual participation at a lower cost. You will be provided with a supplies list ahead of class for the virtual option. Supplies are included at the in-person events, unless otherwise noted. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Gnomevember Workshop
    Thu, Nov 17
    Rock Island
    Nov 17, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Come learn a brief history of Scandinavian gnomes (tomte, nisse, tonttu) and make a small gnome of your own!
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  • Swedish Advent Stars
    Sat, Dec 03
    Rock Island
    Dec 03, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Come learn how to weave Scandinavian advent stars from old book pages. These make great tree toppers, ornaments, or package decorations.
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Past Events

  • Wheat Weaving Workshop
    Sat, Sep 24
    Rock Island
    Sep 24, 1:00 PM – Sep 25, 2:30 PM
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    Come learn the basics of wheat weaving! In this workshop, we will learn a brief history of wheat weaving (also known as straw work) and employ plaiting/braiding techniques to create a straw ornament.
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  • Scandinavian Woven Heart Baskets
    Sat, Feb 12
    Swenson Center
    Feb 12, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST
    Swenson Center, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    These little paper baskets are a Christmas tradition in Scandinavian countries, but we thought they would make a fun Valentine's Day craft. Fill them with sweets and give to a friend or loved one.
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  • God Jul Ornaments
    Sat, Nov 13
    Rock Island
    Nov 13, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    In this workshop create painted wooden God Jul (Merry Christmas in Swedish) ornaments.
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  • Resin Book Pages
    Sat, Sep 25
    Rock Island
    Sep 25, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    In this workshop create necklaces, earrings, or keychains using pages from old, discarded Swedish books (or bring your own clipping to use).
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  • Painted Flower Pots
    Sat, Aug 07
    Rock Island
    Aug 07, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
    Rock Island, 3520 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201, USA
    This month we are painting flower pots with folk art-inspired designs. This class comes with a FREE cutting of Swedish Ivy for your pot (and potting soil, of course)!
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