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You’ll Love Happy Spring Things

You’ll Love Happy Spring Things

Happy spring everyone! We are excited to add some new products to our ever growing inventory of exceptional products.

Want to use a bit of “spring” when weaving and braiding? Try our lightweight plastic crafting clamp. This is a handy tool if you like to craft on the go. The handles have holes on each of the handle ends that are perfect for hooking your paper clip.

weaving and braiding clamps
weaving and braiding clamps
weaving and braiding clamps
weaving and braiding clamps
weaving and braiding clamps
weaving and braiding clamps

This is a great help so you can maintain even tension while you are working your pewter thread. The plastic pads on the clamp jaws won’t mar your surface. I’ve even used this clamp on international flights when I’ve wanted to work on my projects since I can attach it to just about anything until the “captain requests you to return your table tray to its upright position”!

Try some different button variations with our new antler inspired pewter buttons. These buttons are metal versions of the traditional reindeer antler variety and are one of a kind. Use them to add a “surprise” sparkle and polish to your creations. 

We’ve got lots of exciting things happening with class offerings and private parties so make sure to check out our class calendar or call us for information on booking a personal venue or reserving a date for our Lanesboro, MN studio.

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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 Saami culture.

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

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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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SaamiInspiredbracelets

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.

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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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New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Saami Bracelet Kit in New Colors

Our beginning double braided Saami Bracelet Kits have been so popular we’ve decided to add 6 new colors of reindeer skin! In addition to our traditional black leather you can choose from red, blue, olive, tan, antique brown and merlot leather for a splash of color. In addition to more bracelet color choices we’ve replaced the CDROM instructions with a downloadable PDF feature.

Stay tuned for new kits featuring different braid variations and projects accompanied by video instructions with feature Saami Inspired Bracelet instructor Liz Bucheit. Get a jump on your Xmas projects by ordering your kits today!

Saami Bracelet Material Kits – Single Braided Sami kit

$45.00

Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters. See description below↓

 

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Saami Bracelet material Kits – Single Braided Sami Bracelet kit

We just received a shipment of Saami bracelet supplies from Sweden!  If you have taken our Sami bracelet classes in the past we now offer kits for our double braided pewter thread bracelet.  Never had a class from us?  No worries!  Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters.  

 

Saami Bracelet material Kits – Single Braided Sami Bracelet kit

This kit contains materials and directions for 1@ double braided bracelet.

Materials in kit:

Tin thread (48″ cut into 3@ 16″ sections)

20mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 7″ long)

5mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 2″ long) for button

1@ reindeer hide twisted cord (for button loop)

1@ reindeer antler two hole button

1@ 5/10 straight needle (to use with acrylic thread to fasten braid to leather)

1@ leather “glover” needle (to use with black synthetic sinew thread to fasten button loop and close up back of bracelet)

Acrylic and black synthetic sinew thread

 

You will also need: (Not included in kit)

Scissors

Measuring tape

Plastic hobby table clamp with hole(s) in handle

Paper clip

Rubber cement

Additional information

Color

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Get some class! Crown Trout Jewelers to host Saami Inspired Bracelet Class

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In addition to creating custom jewelry in our Lanesboro, MN studio our Saami Inspired Bracelet Classes keep us on the road for a good portion of the year.  We’ve been teaching these classes for 16 years and have introduced this unique craft to over 1300 students. After teaching and presenting in dozens of venues and traveling to three states just this past year, we are happy to be hosting our final class of 2017 on Saturday November 18 from 10-5pm in Lanesboro, MN. Need a jump on some handmade Xmas gifts? You’ll be the most coveted Secret Santa around!

Go to http://crowntrout.com/classes/saami-friendship-bracelet-class/ for a complete class description and prices. Can’t make it to a class? Order a bracelet kit and supplies from www.saamisupplies.com.

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Make a Saami bracelet
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Add some color to your pewter thread bracelets with colored cord.

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Join our blog and add some color to your pewter thread bracelets.  I love the look of traditional pewter thread braids but sometimes I long for a little variation to really make the materials pop.  I usually wear several bracelets at a time and often I can color coordinate my selection with what I’m wearing. We recently added a rich rainbow of 1.00mm round cowhide leather cord to our inventory at saamisupplies.com.  Follow the steps in this project to brighten you bracelets and your day.

Double Four Braid Pewter Thread Bracelet with 1.00 Round Leather Colored Cord

Begin by cutting 4 pieces of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 18 inches long each.  Cut one 18 inch section of 1.00mm  round leather cord.

Take 2 pieces of pewter thread and place a strand on either side of your leather cord.  These will be your borders.  Double the entire piece in half on the end of an open paper clip attached to your table clamp.  Make sure to keep everything flat.  It’s a bit of a challenge so don’t be discouraged if it seems like you need another set of hands to get everything positioned properly.

Double your remaining 2 strands of pewter thread over the end of the paper clip and you are ready to start braiding.

Proceed to braid as you would for the double four-strand pewter thread bracelet project in our previous post this past week.

You should end up with a 6.5 – 6.75 inch finished braid.  You can sew the braid to a leather strip at this point or simply cap the end with a button and loop for a different look.

It’s hard to believe that the addition of color can make this braid look so different.  You can also try using round polyester cord or silk beading cord for variety.  I’ve had students use flat strips of suede or reindeer hide and even ribbon!  Remember to use materials at least 1.00mm wide so your material doesn’t disappear  between the sections of your pewter thread.

Don’t forget to join our blog and stay tuned for another exciting project next week. Visit www.saamisupplies.com for everything you need to fuel your creativity!

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Steps on how to create a double four-strand pewter thread braid

Hey everyone!  I’ve gotten lots of requests over the past few weeks regarding the steps on how to create a double four-strand braid for our pewter thread and Saami inspired folks.  This is a beautiful dense Irish looking pattern that takes a bit of practice.  To start you will need 4 strands of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 20″ long each.

Double your strands in half over the hook of your paper clip and divide into 4 sections with two strands in each section.  Don’t worry if this looks a little wonky to start with.

Take your two sections in the middle and cross the right section over the left section. and pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your left and cross it over the nearest section and pull over to the right.  Pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your right and cross it under the nearest section and pull over the left.

Pull both sections firmly to either side and you should begin to see the pattern emerging.

Depending on how tightly you braid you should end up with a finished braid approximately 6.5 to 6.75 inches long. Remember to figure that a good 0.25 inch on either end will be hidden in the body of your bracelet if you are going to sew the braid to a leather strip.  These proportions work well for a 7 inch finished bracelet on reindeer hide so if you want a longer braid increase the length of your strands by 2 inches (20 – 22 inches).  Again, depending on the how tightly you weave your strands will determine the overall finished length of the braid.  Strands measuring 22 inches in length should yield you a finished braid measuring approximately 7.7 to 8 inches long.

Good luck and I am always happy to answer questions and help in any way I can.  Don’t forget to share your projects on our Saami Inspired Facebook Page.  Thanks for following our blog and stay tuned for a new project post May 6th where we’ll add a little color to your life.

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Saami Bracelet Kit

Saami bracelet

Saami Bracelet Kits

We just received a shipment of Saami bracelet supplies from Sweden!  If you have taken our Saami bracelet classes in the past we now offer kits for our double braided pewter thread bracelet.  Never had a class from us?  No worries!  Kits come with a CD ROM showing step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters.  

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Saami Bracelet Kits

Saami Bracelet Sami
Saami reindeer bracelet
Saami reindeer bracelet

Saami Bracelet Kits

We just received a shipment of Saami bracelet supplies from Sweden!  If you have taken our Saami bracelet classes in the past we now offer kits for our double braided pewter thread bracelet.  Never had a class from us?  No worries!  Kits come with a CD ROM showing step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters.  

This kit contains materials and directions for 1@ double braided bracelet.

Materials in kit:

Tin thread (45″ cut into 3@ 15″ sections)

18mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 7″ long)

5mm wide reindeer hide strip (approximately 2″ long)

1@ reindeer anter two hole button

1@ 5/10 straight needle (to use with acrylic thread to fasten braid to leather)

1@ leather “glover” needle (to use with black cotton/polyester thread to fasten button loop and close up back of bracelet)

Acrylic and black thread

 

You will also need: (Not included in kit)

Scissors

Measuring tape

Plastic hobby table clamp with hole(s) in handle

Paper clip

Rubber cement

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