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Culture and Craft

Culture and Craft organises guided cultural tours with workshops for small English-speaking groups:

3-hour Workshop
Three-hour workshop is designed for knitters of all levels - beginner to advanced. The knitter decides what they want to learn. Some want to learn to knit in the Continental style; others learn to knit with two or three colours; while some learn both techniques.

Knit a Sweater Day
Now for the first time, a chance for experienced knitters to attend a whole-day workshop (9:00 to 17:00) on knitting an Icelandic sweater.

Embroidery workshop
Embroidery can be a rewarding and relaxing activity; our foremothers knew this too. Often they had no pattern or picture of what they wanted to produce, but remembered the pattern "more or less". Decorating their clothes with motifs and patterns was great fun and they put a lot of effort into it. In this way the craft of embroidery lived through the centuries.
Some styles and techniques flourished better than others in Iceland, partly because it was important to economise on coloured wool or else because the patterns were attractive. Some of them were relatively simple and all embroiderers could manage them.
Two types of embroidery will be taught in the workshop, Tapestry stitch and Traditional Icelandic cross-stitching. Participants choose which one they want to learn.

Icelandic Trolls Workshop
Do you want to experience the magic powers of Icelandic wool?
Icelandic trolls feature in stories and legends from all parts of the country. Not many people claim to have seen living trolls, though: most trolls have been turned to stone by the first rays of the rising sun.
We offer 3-hour workshops in making trolls from Icelandic wool. After hearing some stories about our trolls, each participant gets down to making his or her own troll according to their skills, under the guidance of the teacher.
Icelandic wool is ideal for making trolls because it is coarse and comes in a variety of natural colours.

4-day Workshop
These beginner-to-advanced level workshops are designed for individuals wanting to expand their knitting skills. All knitters, from beginners to advanced, can benefit. Knitting time is daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On two days of the workshop, a portion of the day will be spent visiting local museums featuring textile craftwork. Attendees are welcome to continue knitting after 4:00 p.m. or can choose to visit areas of interest.

Please click here to see the dates of the workshops.

Culture and Craft

Hulduhlíð 7

GPS Points N64° 9' 54.117" W21° 43' 11.581"

+354 869-9913

Opening period All year
Service Open year round

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