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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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Viking Inspired Bracelets

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Viking Inspired Bracelets

Every time I teach a class my students inspire me to come up with different variations of braiding and weaving using pewter thread. Here are a couple of projects I’m currently working on that combine Celtic and Nordic influences.

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Nordic and Celtic Inspired Braids – These are braided patterns

This pattern is nicknamed ‘Viking Star’.

“Viking Star” Triangular Knots – This is a Knotted pattern

There’s also this fancy ‘Josephine’  and ‘Viking Star’ combination.

Josephine and Viking Star Knot Combination

What’s in your imagination these days? Share your latest projects with our community on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook page!

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You’re Going to Love This…..

You’re Going to Love This…..

Happy spring (almost!)

We are always looking for unique and unusual items to accentuate your designs.

Recently our client Paula inquired about the tiny silver beads she was seeing on several bracelet designs online.

After a few emails we followed up on her advice to add silver beads to our product listings and voilá! They are now available.

Saamisupplies is proud to offer Sterling Silver 3.00mm beads in packages of 100. Use these beautiful high polished beads to accent your favorite bracelet designs.

Manufactured exclusively for saamisupplies these sparkling beads provide an attractive contrast to the soft white of our 0.35mm pewter thread.

Integrate them into your braids or sew them onto your projects separately.

And since we’re talking materials, let’s talk about one of the hardest working tools of the craft.

Now you can purchase No. 10 round needles in packages of 20.

These high quality German manufactured needles are perfect for sewing finished braids to your leather bracelets and necklaces.

Use these sharps with transparent or cotton thread.

The diameter of this needle is ideal when separating braid sections during stitching.

*Remember to only use “sharps” when sewing your braid to your leather. Do not use a leather needle when sewing braids as it will cut the pewter thread very quickly!

These are just a few examples of new products we will be adding to the website in the coming weeks so we are excited and curious to know what our clients and students are creating!

Let us know if there are other items you would like to see us carry.

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Please share photos and feedback about your projects on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook Page. We’d love to see your creations!

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A History of Tin Thread Embroidery of the Sámi People

A History of Tin Thread Embroidery of the Sámi People

We love pewter thread for the distinct and unique properties that make it so wonderful to braid and weave when creating bracelets and necklaces. The coiled thread is soft and holds its shape after years of wear.

However, did you know that the use of coiled thread to decorate clothing and everyday items has been around for centuries? Small fragments of gold coiled thread have been found in Viking graves outside of Uppsala dating back to almost 3,000 years ago.

Historically the art of sewing silver, gold and even bronze thread to cloth and leather can be found around the world. There are examples to be found throughout a myriad of cultures including textiles and objects from China, Japan and India.

The Saami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia have been using tin thread embroidery since the 1600’s and the designs and patterns are specific and unique to the many Saami groups within the culture. In particular, tin thread embroidery is used to adorn the many styles of traditional Saami clothing called gákti.  Here are some examples from my Pinterest page.

Sadly, tin thread embroidery almost disappeared in the 1800’s when Saami groups were being forced to assimilate to modern Norwegian and Swedish culture. I just finished watching the film “Sámi Blood” this past week and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about this period.

Fortunately, around 1905 a gentleman named Andreas Wilks from Sweden brought tin thread embroidery back to the forefront of Saami culture after discovering his mother’s tools for creating the distinctive coiled thread. He began teaching classes throughout Northern Sweden and managed to prevent this beautiful craft from disappearing altogether. *(From Tin Thread Embroidery by Mona Callenberg 1997)

Here’s a link to some wonderful books about Sámi culture.

Stay tuned for my next blog where I’ll show some different and creative ways to use tin thread.

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