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Skinnfell Class, New York - Winter 2020

Skinnfell Class Nassau, New York Feb 29 - Mar 1 2020


Learn how to make Scandinavian Skinnfells

(traditional sheepskin coverlets)

Join us for this 2-day class and learn the art of making skinnfells.

When: Sat-Sun February 29th - March 1st 8.30 am – 4 pm

Where: Sheep In Wool Clothing, 39 County Route 7 Nassau, NY 12123

Instructor: Anette Skoog D.V.M, Skinnfell / Fiber artist & Gotland Sheep Breeder.

Student´s will learn all basic skills needed to complete their own skinnfell from start to finish. We work with tanned, washable sheepskins of your choice.

Class topics:


Basic stitches and seams for hand-sewing


Sheepskins – quality & selection

12-step method for making skinnfells – theory & practice

Participants should bring their own thimble(s), quilt ruler (24”x6”) and a notebook.

Class / Registration fee: $150

Materials fee: $ 350 (incl. 2 Gotland Sheepskins) or $ 200 (incl 2 white, black or brown sheepskins).

Material for making a 2-sheepskin coverlet

  • Sheepskins

  • Thread

  • Needles

Student´s have access to textile dye, wood blocks for printing during class hours.


Registration on-line:

Registration fee: $150 - paid on-line before February 1st 2020

Registration dead-line: February 1st

Late registration: February 1st - 8th $170


Complimentary snacks, drinks and coffee will be available for an extra fee paid at the venue.

Participants can choose to join us for a dinner and some social time Saturday evening.


Some places to stay:


Comfort Inn - 99 Miller Road, East Greenbush, NY 12033 (~$145/night and about 12 minutes from our house)

Americas Best Value Inn - 576 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY 12061 (~$70-$80/night, 15 minutes)

Hampton Inn - 25 Hampton Inn Dr, East Greenbush, NY 12061 (~$120/night, 16 minutes)

Holiday Inn - 8 Empire Dr, Rensselaer, NY 12144 (~$135/night, 14 minutes)

Bed & Breakfasts:

Inn at Silver Maple Farm - 1871 State Route 295, East Chatham, NY 12060 (21 minutes)

New Concord Bed & Breakfast - 2721 County Route 9, East Chatham, NY 12060 (19 minutes)

Mile Hill B&B - 2461 County Route 21, Valatie, NY (19 minutes)

The Morgan State House Inn - 393 State Street, Albany, NY (22 minutes)

About your instructor:

Anette Skoog is a D.V.M, Gotland Sheep Breeder, Scandinavian skinnfell maker and fiber artist.

She works with sheepskin and veg-tanned leather to create both wearable and decorative items. Learning the handcraft techniques in her country of origin, Sweden, she found it important to preserve and use the old hand-sewing and wood block printing techniques to get the right finish. Her signature work, large sheepskin coverlets with printed and painted patterns are all inspired by the Scandinavian tradition.

Anette has shown her work in many judged fine art & craft exhibitions and shows around the United States, including the American Craft Council show, Baltimore, Winter Park Art Festival, Florida and One of A Kind, Chicago. She won several awards for her work including at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. She has worked with furniture and fashion designers, to create interior design and wearable one-of-a-kind pieces made of Gotland pelts.

Her interest for sheep, wool and handcraft has brought her to many locations around U.S.A with an increasing number of classes held each year. Anette enjoys teaching new skills to others and wants to bring passion and enthusiasm for traditional handcraft to her student´s.

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