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What’s On the Sámi Inspired Projects Workbench

What’s On the Sámi Inspired Projects Workbench

August is here and we’re moving into the “dog days” of summer. It’s been pretty hot here in Southeastern Minnesota so I’ve been working on several new projects in my sweet air conditioned studio!

I’m always developing new ideas for different kits so here are a few new upcoming design offerings I’m working out. I prefer Sámi inspired traditional leather dyes but I’ve been experimenting with brighter colors (you’ll notice the Prince inspired bracelet!) and more creative bracelet borders.

Celtic and Posament Style Braids for Bracelets

I love necklaces so I created this Egyptian style multi-color collar style using thin strips of reindeer leather and pewter thread.

Egyptian style necklace using reindeer leather and pewter thread

We’re also in preproduction mode for several new videos demonstrating more intricate braiding, beading and sewing techniques so stay tuned for those to drop in early September.

I mentioned in my previous blog we are already booking class dates beginning in January 2020. There are still opportunities to take a class before the end of the year so check our remaining calendar dates and start gearing up for Xmas!

Great students having a great time in our studio!

 If you prefer to learn with your gal pals or fellow creatives, we can schedule a class date for your group in our beautiful Lanesboro, MN studio. Call us at 507-467-3078 for details.

Working on some cool projects of your own? Post your pictures on our Saami Inspired Facebook Page and email me your images for a potential feature spot in one of our upcoming blogs! I’d love to see what you’re working on.

In the meantime stay cool and keep creating!

Sewing multiple braids to leather strip

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Saami Inspired Bracelets are Great for Folks with Jewelry Allergies

There are so many features of this craft that are unique. Some people are specifically attracted to the intricate braiding and hand stitching that go into a bracelet or necklace. Other folks want to identify appreciation for their Scandinavian and or Saami roots by wearing tin thread jewelry to show cultural pride.

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But did you know the materials used in this tradition also appeal to people who can’t wear regular jewelry?

We all have friends and clients who have jewelry allergies and these poor souls are pretty limited as to what they can wear even if they love silver and gold. The most common allergy is related to the nickel content in sterling silver jewelry. I’ve even had clients who react badly to wearing gold jewelry based on prescriptions they may be taking for a chronic illness or condition.

Norsegodbracelet

However, I’ve had people who are attracted to these bracelet styles purely on the premise that they are (for the most part) hypoallergenic!

Traditionally the Saami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia tanned their own reindeer skins using bark from a variety of trees.

Our black reindeer hide is organically dyed using the bark from the alder tree. Our coiled tin thread is comprised of 96% tin, 4% silver and is nickel free. Reindeer antler buttons and cord take the place of metal clasps on regular bracelets so no metal is touching the wearer’s skin.

So, if you have a friend, family member or client who always says ‘I love jewelry but I’m allergic to metal!’ introduce them to the special beauty and wearability of these handcrafted bracelets.

Our Saami Inspired Bracelet Kits also come in a variety of colors for “color picky” palettes!

Click the photo for the kit info!New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Saami Inspired Bracelets are Great for Folks with Jewelry Allergies

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Gifts for Men

Norsegodbracelet

How about getting something really cool for your Viking man? Leather bracelets make great gifts for men. Our Saami Inspired Bracelet styles are created using braided and woven pewter thread, genuine reindeer hide and antler buttons.

These bracelets look like a cuff but are more comfortable and go with everything from jeans to a suit. Don’t know your man’s wrist size? No worries. Most styles come in a standard 9” length and can be custom ordered should you require a specific size.

Check out our selection of men’s pewter thread bracelets at https://crowntroutonline.com/product-category/bracelets/mens-bracelets/ and place your order in time for Father’s Day.

Want to make your own bracelet?  You can find all your materials at https://saamisupplies.com/shop/  Follow the free “How to Measure” download for sizing suggestions and subscribe to our blog.

Please leave a comment below. We’re happy to answer your questions.