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Adult Slöjd Workshop – Intro to Saddle Stitched Leather

March 1 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

This class meets for 3 Wednesdays, Mar. 1, 8, 15 from 6:30-8:30pm

Is it time to retire that worn, tape-repaired wallet? Does your journal need a sturdy, protective case? In this class you will learn the art of hand sewing vegetable-tanned leather with a traditional two-needle saddle stitch and waxed linen thread. We will begin by making a simple card case to master the stitch, and then students will be able to design other small items like a wallet, notebook case, or clutch bag. We will touch on leather selection, sewing technique, tools, patternmaking, wet-molding, hardware (rivets, snaps, etc), and finishes. This is a fun and creative class that brings the heritage of traditional materials and processes into our daily lives.

Vegetable-tanned leather begins as a pale buff color and develops a rich toffee patina over time.

No prior sewing experience is necessary, but this class will require good hand dexterity. Bring your reading glasses if you need them!


Beth Dow is an artist from Minneapolis. Her interests are broad, and include photography, leatherwork, wood carving, and singing with the Prairie Fire Lady Choir. She has an MFA in photography from the University of Minnesota and has taught there and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, is an instructor at the North House Folk School, and will soon be a Visiting Professor of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College.


$75 for base materials and is payable to the instructor. Students will be able to purchase additional materials from instructor if desired.


Registration is required at least one week in advance; please call for availability after that date.

$80 Members | $90 Nonmembers


March 1
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
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American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407 United States
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