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Jane Addams

Vesterheim instructor Jane Addams

Jane Addams is a first generation Norwegian American with a long family history in the woolen mills of Norway. She has 13 years of experience knitting traditional Norwegian colorwork. Raised in Illinois, she has spent years in the Pacific Northwest and has recently moved to Decorah, Iowa, to work in the Folk Art School at Vesterheim She vows never to live outside of the “sweater weather” zone. Jane designs Selbu mittens for yarn stores and fashion brands and enjoys studying and teaching our rich textile heritage.

Learn more: Watch this video, Lending Color to the Past: Recreating Historic Nordic Folk Dress through Photographs where Jane discusses the history of folk dress and the bunad in Norway. Watch as a black and white portrait from Vesterheim’s archives comes alive through historical research and digital painting.

View more of Jane’s work on her website here.