The Finnish American Folk School (FAFS) at Finlandia University was founded in 2017 to promote knowledge of Finnish folk arts and traditional skills and ensure that they thrive for generations to come. The Folk School is based in the Jutila Center Fiber Studio and the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan. Classes, workshops, and performances are scheduled throughout the year, with many activities centered around the Copper Country’s Finnish festivals: Heikinpäivä (January), Juhannus/Midsummer (June), and Ruska (September).
We welcome workshop requests or proposals. Scholarships or assistantships are available. Please contact FAFS director Phyllis Fredendall with all questions, suggestions, or scholarship requests: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register please use the online registration link in each class description or call the Finnish American Heritage Center at 906-487-7549.
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COVID-19 Policies (updated 8/1/22)
All attendees must wear a well-fitted mask at all times during indoor FAFS events. High-filtration masks such as N95s, KN95s, or KF94s are strongly recommended. Masks are not required for outdoor events.
If you feel sick before a class or concert, please stay at home and contact us to arrange a refund. If the FAFS must cancel an event, registrants will be notified, and refunds will be issued.
Thank you for helping us to continue offering programs as safely as possible.
Fall 2022 Class Schedule *COMING SOON*
Previous Events 2022
Fall 2021 Classes + Workshops
Weavers’ Open Studio
Dye Studio Foundations
5-String Kantele for Beginners
Jouhikko for Beginners Online
Patchwork Birchbark Sewing Kit
Nordic Wood Shaving Ornaments
Beginning Broom Making
Phyllis Fredendall is Director of the FAFS and emeritus professor of fiber and fashion design at Finlandia University. From 1993 to 2020 she taught weaving, spinning, felt-making and off-loom structures, garment design, jacquard design, dyeing, printing, and design fundamentals. She has studied, taught, and exhibited her art work in Finland. In addition to leading the Folk School, Phyllis teaches a variety of fiber arts classes including weaving, felting, and dyeing.
Clare Zuraw is Assistant Director of the FAFS. Clare comes to this position with a background in music, fiber arts, and education and has spent time in Finland studying the jouhikko, a Finnish bowed lyre. In addition to teaching music and fiber classes for the FAFS, Clare provides administrative support for our programs.