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Learn the art of Swedish decorative painting

Have you seen Dalamalning, Swedish decorative painting, and thought, how do they do that?  During Women’s Weekend in Stockholm, learn Dalamalning and take your handiwork home with you.  You will paint a small sandwich board, using a pattern and acrylic paints to apply a basic brush stroke.  Place this board on your table as an attractive addition or take it on a picnic.  Either way, you will learn a new skill and have the results to display.  See one here.

When you look at Dalamalning, remember that the Swedes developed this technique to give themselves something to do and brighten their homes during the long winter months of more darkness than light.  They painted colorful designs of flowers, scenery, and light memories on their dark, wood-grained furniture.  By doing this, they helped retain their sanity and added beauty to their homes.  

The class will be instructed by Carol Bender, a descendant of early Swedish emigrants to the Stockholm area.  Her fascination with the craft is in her genes and her family history.  Carol has gone beyond her initial interest and studied Dalamalning at Norskedalen's Heritage Center in Wisconsin and Klas Hansper of Nusnas in Sweden.  She is an expert painter of Scandinavian folk art, specializing in Dalamalning/kurbit painting and Norwegian rosemaling.  The class will be held at the Samla Rum in Stockholm from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.  Sign up by calling 612.729.9333.  The $95 class fee covers all materials plus a light lunch.

We will also have Katherine Kennedy demonstrating Swedish huck weaving and selling her huck weaving kits Saturday, November 2, from noon to 3 p.m. Find out more about Katherine's work here.

Register for Carol’s class and mark your calendar to join us Women’s Weekend, November 2.

We’d love to see you again,
Diane and staff
Ingebretsen’s av Stockholm