Ulla Miller and her Weaving Classmates

Ulla Miller and her Weaving Classmates

Having been awarded a scholarship by Vasa District 15 to take a class studying something relating to Swedish or Nordic traditions, I took the chance to learn a new skill. I completed a class in weaving at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. This school was established in the 1920is after a Danish  idea as an optional education for adults. Sweden too has a similar system.

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Ulla proudly displays her Folk School Certificate

Arriving on a Sunday evening, the  classes started right away after dinner with a welcome and the first basic instructions in the technique of weaving. By Tuesday afternoon I had gotten so far that I was ready to actually begin to weave on a loom. Class was from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm, but eager to accomplish as much as possible, I continued weaving after dinner until 9:00 pm! Friday morning I had accomplished weaving three table runners with the help of Pam, a very enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, and Lillian, her equally enthusiastic assistant! Friday afternoon all the different classes displayed their works at their assigned areas in the big hall. I was so amazed at the quality and quantity of the work everyone had accomplished.

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Ulla works at the loom

During the week, in my class, with my teacher, her assistant, my eight fellow students, and everyone around the 360 acre campus, I met so many wonderful people. Meals where family-style. We listened and participated in morning and evening sing a longs. Evening entertainment was Bluegrass and Appalachian folk tunes played for us on instruments such as banjo, dulcimer and guitar. I am happy to have had this wonderful learning experience!

– Ulla Miller