Sharon Lillie of Decorah with some of the children’s bunads she makes and that are now available here in Spring Grove.
Sharon Lillie of Decorah with some of the children’s bunads she makes and that are now available here in Spring Grove.
Syttende Mai occurs this weekend in Spring Grove, and Giants of the Earth Heritage Center is excited to offer beautiful bunads for sale.

Sharon Lillie of Decorah, Iowa, is the designer and seamstress responsible for the children's bunads seen on many children in the Decorah and Bluff Country areas.

Lillie is the owner of Norsk Needle, and the bunads she creates are not specific to any region of Norway, but are a simple generic version that is common for children.

Lillie was honored last year when she was commissioned to make the bunad worn by the girl who presented flowers to Queen Sonja of Norway at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah. She was later told that Her Majesty commented to the girl about her nice bunad!

A limited selection of bunads is available for purchase at the Ballard House in sizes from 0-3 months to 6/6X for both boys and girls.

Styles feature the more traditional long sleeve white shirt, and a summer version that has a short sleeve jumper with a vest.

Two types of red plaid are available, and the skirts or knickers are black cotton.

Bunads can also be made to order by stopping in at the Ballard House and getting the child's measurements taken (sizes up to 10 to12 for girls can be ordered).

Lillie's design includes room-to-grow - by letting out the seams families can get an additional year or two worth of use out of their bunad.

Additionally, an 18" doll or pet (cat/dog) can be decked out for Norwegian festivities with bunads for them as well. These make a great gift!

For more information check out the Norsk Needle website at www.norskneedle.com or call the Ballard House in Spring Grove at (507) 498-5070.