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Carol Colburn is a clothing designer, artisan, historian, and an enthusiastic teacher. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota where she rests her eyes on the distant horizon of Lake Superior between her projects of sewing, weaving, writing, and gardening. Through her travels, she has found inspiration in everyday as well as festive clothing traditions, with a frequent focus on Scandinavian countries. Her publications celebrate the design, techniques, and meanings behind everyday and folk clothing and household textiles. She worked in professional theater and taught period clothing design, pattern making, and sewing, in university theater programs before she began teaching focused heritage garment workshops. Today Carol’s sewing workshops incorporate traditional  textile traditions along with contemporary craft. Students in her workshops are introduced to an appreciation of older sewing techniques while creating beautiful and useful custom garments for contemporary life. These garments honoring time-tested traditions also suit folks today who enjoy the outdoors in all four seasons. Carol teaches in folk schools, fiber guilds, and museum settings. She schedules classes regularly at John C Campbell in Brasstown, NC; and Northhouse Folk School in Grand Marais, MN, where she is currently Lead Instructor in the area of Fibers/Clothing/Jewelry. Visit the Blog Page on this site for upcoming class listings. For up to date school information, current class descriptions for the months ahead, and to reserve your spot in a class, please visit the school websites.

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Email Carol if you have questions about the classes.