Hardanger and Krumkake

Krumkake is a thin cookie baked on a special krumkake iron. It is rolled on a wooden cone while it is still hot.

Marlys Gillund has demonstrated the baking of krumkake since Harvest of Hands first started. Adeline Erickson has helped her roll them for a few years. She enjoy doing it and visiting with the people who stop to watch and purchase them. This is one of her favorite Scandinavian delicacies. She likes to bake and has been baking since she was nine years old. She does a lot of baking around Christmas and gives most of it away.

Marlys also does a lot of Hardanger. This is a delicate form of open work embroidery which originated in the Hardanger region of Norway hundreds of years ago. It gradually spread to other parts of Europe, and eventually came to the United States with the Scandinavian immigrants.

Marlys bought a book and taught herself through trial and error. Everything has to be perfect so when you cut and pull threads, it all comes out right. She makes hundreds of doilies, runners, and other pieces including valances for her kitchen windows.

These two hobbies are something Marlys truly enjoys, and we at Zion are fortunate that she is able to use her gifts to help Harvest of Hands.

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