Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wirework with Faith Clover

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present

Luffarslöjd: Scandinavian Wirework with Faith Clover

a free, 90-minute program being offered for ages 14 and older at the following dates and locations:

Monday, May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Ely Public Library
Monday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.
Marble Public Library
Monday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.
Babbitt Public Library
Monday, May 13, 6:00 p.m.
Calumet Public Library
Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Iron Senior Center
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 p.m.
Keewatin Public Library
Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 p.m.
Buhl Public Library
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Area Library
Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 p.m.
Gilbert Public Library
Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 a.m.
Lake of the Woods County Historical Society Museum, Baudette
Wednesday, May 8, 1:00 p.m.
Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m.
International Falls Public Library
Wednesday, May 8, 4:30 p.m.
Chisholm Public Library
Thursday, May 16, Noon
Virginia Public Library
Thursday, May 9, 1:00 p.m.
Duluth Public Library
Thursday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.
Hoyt Lakes Public Library
Thursday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.
Two Harbors Public Library
Friday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.
Moose Lake Public Library
Friday, May 10, 1:00 p.m.
Carlton Area Public Library
Wednesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.
Mt. Royal Branch Library, Duluth
Friday, May 10, 6:00 p.m.
Cloquet Public Library
Thursday, May 23, 1:00 p.m.
Aurora Public Library
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.
Cook Community Center
Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m.
Silver Bay Public Library
Saturday, May 11, 3:00 p.m.
Eveleth Public Library
Friday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.
Grand Marais Public Library
Monday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.
Coleraine Public Library

Luffarslöjd is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use, using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wires to mend fences and make basic tools around the farm. Leftover bits of wire were then used to make household items like whisks, cake tickles, trivets, or egg holders. More decorative items like candleholders, baskets, and hanging birds and other decorations were also commonly made. The design of wire items is really limited only by one’s imagination.

After a talk and exhibit of luffarslöjd items, each person will make a basic hook or two to take home. All tools and materials will be provided. Max participant number preference is 40 attendees. Please check with your local library to see if there is a sign-up sheet for this event.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Faith has always been a crafter of eclectic interests. After 27 years of living and teaching in Oregon and Arizona, she returned to Minnesota in 2000 to teach art education at the University of Minnesota. As the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants, she has immersed herself in all things Swedish, worked with educational programs at the American Swedish Institute, researched the history of Swedish home crafts, and personally practices several crafts including figure carving, birch bark weaving, and spoon carving. Study abroad trips with her students introduced Faith to luffarslöjd, and she has taken classes at Sätergläntan, the national folk craft school in Dalarna, Sweden, to learn more about this relatively unknown craft. She is eager to share luffarslöjd with others!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at, follow us on Twitter @ALSLibraryNews, or like us on Facebook at

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