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Looking for short course recommendations in Copenhagen
miss slingshot
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Date: 9/4/13 5:43 AM

Hello dear European sewing community,

My sister in law (a fellow sewer and knitter) moving from Melbourne, Australia, to Copenhagen university for a dream job.

Sadly she'll move over not knowing a single soul, and I was hoping to get her a leaving present of a sewing or design/ drafting short course or regular group - so she can indulge the creative side of her brain, and indeed make some friends with peoe who aren't her work colleagues.

Does anyone have any suggestions? She's an advanced intermediate sewer, she's done a sitam patternmaking course and has been sewing for 10 years, so '101 sewing - learn how to make a pair of boxer shorts' type of class, isn't really where she's at.

In an ideal world it would be more of a 'stitch and natter' kind of class, but I'm fully aware that I can hardly be choosy on the other side of the world!

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions


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Date: 9/4/13 7:32 AM

How is her Danish? I've been looking for sewing classes myself (but I'm a complete beginner), and so far I've found this list: Sykurser i KÝbenhavn

I haven't been able to find courses officially conducted in English, but it may be possible for INDIVIDUEL SYNING to be in English - as far as I understand from the title, they're private lessons, and many Danes speak English well.

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Date: 9/5/13 6:23 AM

Or even ask if the instructor in one of the group classes if they could take an English speaker and explain concepts in English on the side. Spoken Danish is surprisingly difficult to learn, the hardest of the Scandinavian languages--the disjunct between the written letters and spoken sounds is excacerbated by a tendency to slur words together, and a glottal stop which appears when least expected!

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Date: 9/5/13 7:29 AM

Quote: MrsMarkov
How is her Danish? I've been looking for sewing classes myself (but I'm a complete beginner), and so far I've found this list: Sykurser i KÝbenhavn



I haven't been able to find courses officially conducted in English, but it may be possible for INDIVIDUEL SYNING to be in English - as far as I understand from the title, they're private lessons, and many Danes speak English well.

Oh no, it's not private lessons, but I can see how the title could confuse you. The price tells me that it's classroom courses, probably with 15+ participants.

Honestly, I don't think your sister in law, given her sewing experience, would benefit that much from any FOF courses, since they are taught in Danish. Speaking english as a danish native speaker is one thing, but teaching something in english is a completely different challenge.

I would instead suggest she goes to one of the many open-to-all knitting cafes going on in Copenhagen, especially during the winter. She might even be able to connect with a sewing circle through one of the knitting groups?

The two knitting cafes I hear most praise for are 1) Retro bar and 2) Rasmilla garn og strik. Retro bar is a bar, Rasmilla is a yarn shop. Maybe you could make her a gift card for one or the other?
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Date: 9/5/13 8:51 AM

Thank you everyone for all your great suggestions - and super speedily too.
And huzzah for google translate.
The knitting bars/ cafe's sound perfect - thanks again :)

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Date: 9/6/13 2:44 AM

Hvidberg Stoffer, a well-established (since 1780!) fabric store and tailor, offers small classes once or twice a year (although there's no date listed at the moment). While I haven't taken a course there yet (I always seem to be traveling somewhere in the middle), I can say that I've met the woman who teaches the classes and she's delightful, helpful and absolutely fluent in English (and willing to teach in English). The quality of work that comes from the shop is gorgeous (I went to the fashion show of the city's sewing guilds and they had some beautiful things on the runway). It would be worth keeping an eye on their website, or even calling them, to see when their next courses will be.

As an expat myself, I must say that it can be a rather lonely experience. Your SIL has an advantage over me in that she'll have a job, but it can still be tough and sometimes you just want to talk with another native English speaker -- someone with whom you share some common cultural references. There are a few organizations in town where she might find some folks to connect with: the American Women's Club (membership open to everyone) and the International Women's Club (also open to everyone) come to mind. She's also welcome to touch base with me here.

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Date: 9/14/13 7:29 AM

Hi Everyone

I'm glad I found this message board. Coincidently I am also from Australia about to move to Copenhagen to work at the university!

I am very interested in starting a social group in Copenhagen for fibre crafting. So anything from crochet, knitting, weaving, felting, sewing etc... this would make the group open to anyone who wants to do some craft (or learn some craft skills) and have a good chat. I have previously lived in Denmark and know that there are a few others out there who would be interested too, so hopefully we can get this group started!

Send me a message if you are interested and I will start organising :)

-- Edited on 9/14/13 8:19 AM --

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Date: 9/15/13 2:10 AM

I'm definitely interested -- I've sent along a private message, too.

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