It’s hard to imagine that nearly a year ago we were facing a lock down and requests to shelter in place.
We all have missed and put life events on hold like celebrations, memorials, graduations and so much more. We also had to make the computer our means of staying connected. I for one, miss very much the fellowship and vibrancy of the physical classroom and I’m already looking to the fall in hopes of making that expectation a reality.
That said, there were upsides to being able to meet students via Zoom classes from all over the world! I was able to develop new curriculum and class projects for the venues where I normally teach in person.
I’m excited to share with you one of those new projects currently being offered through the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, IA. If you’ve been looking for a bit of inspiration to get your creative juices going outside your pewter thread bracelet projects, check out this new “twist” on tradition. Check out my new Sámi Inspired Sparkle Hoop Earring Class!
Explore a new “twist” on a traditional craft! Using pewter wire thread and a macramé style weave, students will create a pair of hoop earrings with a silver drop and sterling silver French hook ear wires. Finished hoops are approximately 1 inch in diameter and display a soft shimmery sparkle in sunlight and candle light. No previous experience is necessary, but a willingness to use hand tools is required. Kits come with all supplies needed (an $80 value!) with the exception of pliers. Two flat nose pliers are required, but if you don’t own a pair they can be purchased separately from the Vesterheim Museum Store. Get ready to rock your own jewelry tradition!
February is one of my favorite times of year. Yes, yes we all know that Valentine’s Day is around the corner but did you know that the month of February is host to Sámi National Day?
If this was a normal year I would be in Minneapolis, MN teaching Sámi Inspired Bracelet classes at the American Swedish Institute in honor of Sámi National Day . Teaching classes is always a great way to share and inform my students about the history of the Sámi people and the challenges they have faced culturally, politically and economically. Even though all my classes have moved online at the moment, I still like to celebrate this wonderful day by doing a bit of history about the Sámi culture.
So! Did you know that………
The Sámi are the indigenous “reindeer” people of Scandinavia and can be from Norway, Sweden, inland and parts of Russia.
The Sámi national holiday is a relatively new day of celebration Norway adopted in 1992. Historically the Sámi people were forced to integrate more with the general population of Norway. Laws that were implemented even forbid the Sámi to speak their own language.
Today Sámi National day is celebrated all over the country. The Sámi flag is raised, the national anthem is sung and reindeer meat and fish dishes are prepared as celebratory food. You can bet reindeer racing is part of the festivities!
How will you celebrate Sámi National Day? Why not start by learning more about Sámi culture ?
Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold…..and copper!
Happy New Year everyone!
Sammisupplies is ready to jump into the New Year with new classes, kits and products.
While we feature our classic tin thread and gold colored thread, we are excited to offer copper spun thread to enhance your braiding color combinations. I couldn’t help but attempt to combine all three colors into a single bracelet project which I have dubbed the “Candy Corn” design.
While this was easy on my sweet tooth (!) it was a little challenging to keep the braiding even. The copper and gold colored thread is a bit springy so combining it with the silver colored thread required firmly braiding the threads so everything remained uniform.
Try your hand at mixing and matching your tin and or gold colored thread with our new copper thread for a fresh look. These bracelet styles are like potato chips. You can’t stop at wearing just one!
Our current classes are filling quickly! Check out our upcoming class calendar here. We are busy making the next round of instructional videos in conjunction with our new kit offerings so look for some great new designs in February to get you ready for spring. Happy crafting and please let me know if you have questions or need help ordering materials!
Life is quite different since I last posted and with most of Minnesota stuck at home I’m getting lots of orders for kits and requests for new projects. Since many of my classes have been postponed I’m busy filming and experimenting with new bracelet (and necklace!) designs I hope to hatch in April.
I’ve been receiving an uptick in emails from students and clients from all over the globe sharing photos of finished bracelets. Emi Sawaishi is a maker from Japan who has kindly allowed me to post her earring and bracelet photos.
I also received the loveliest compliment from my client Tiina regarding the New York Times “Echoes of Scandinavia” article about Sámi craft and culture by Penelope Colston. If you didn’t get a chance to read the article here’s a link: Follow the link to the complete article: Link
“I loved the Times article. My entire life nobody but my husband knew who are the Saami people so I would say, when asked “I’m Finnish “ . You wouldn’t believe that about 85-90% of the people who asked my ethnicity would reply, “Finnished with what?” This doesn’t happen today because of the awareness that people like yourself are bringing to the American public, so thank you”
I get so much inspiration from all of my students and clients it’s hard not to sit down and make a few bracelets myself.
If you are a happy crafter enjoying the solitude of your home at this time check out our kits and our instructional videos for individual styles and downloadable pdf’s. Please let me know if you have questions or require different bracelet lengths.
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New York Times Interviews Liz Bucheit about Sámi Culture
Happy Spring (almost)
This year started off with a bang for everyone here at
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by New York Times journalist Penelope Colston for her “Echoes of Scandinavia” article about Sámi craft and culture. Ms. Colston contacted me this past December about her upcoming piece and I am thrilled to have been included.
Who knew reindeer were strutting the streets of Manhattan! Many thanks to Ms. Colston for a fantastic
piece highlighting traditional and contemporary aspects of Sámi culture and
I started an experiment creating a cuff style leather
bracelet that doesn’t require a button. What sorcery is this you say? Well,
it’s amazing what a few days of being snowed in can do when you are alone in
Check out this two tone cuff with the ruffle edge. The leather is sewn around (you guessed it) a metal cuff!
The stitching and finishing were a bit of a challenge and I haven’t quite perfected the bracelet ends just yet but I think the prototype looks promising. The interior leather lining is great for people with metal allergies and easy on the fingers for folks who have trouble with button closures.
I want to thank all of you lovely folks for a fantastic
2019! We are busy developing new and
advanced bracelet kit style offerings and upgrading our products to bring you
the best in 2020. Stay tuned for amazing kits featuring multiple strand braids
and twists for wider bracelets, repair tips and tricks and much more!
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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
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!
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.
Order up some color for your Sámi Inspired Bracelet styles!
I can’t believe I’m already planning 2020 class dates starting in January…..!
We’re headed into the dog days of summer so why not grab
some kits and get those fall birthdays, wedding and holiday gifts going?
Our new Four Braid Color Band Sami Inspired Bracelet Kit now comes in a variety of seven scrumptious colors to choose from. Unlike our other kit offerings that require sewing the finished braid to the leather strip, this style is perfect if you need a quick gift in a hurry. Plus, our handy learning video will have you braiding and finishing your project like a pro.
Mix and match several different bracelets together because
they’re like potato chips…you can’t stop with just one!
Every time I teach aclassmy 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.
This pattern is nicknamed ‘Viking Star’.
There’s also this fancy ‘Josephine’ and ‘Viking Star’ combination.
What’s in your imagination these days? Share your latest projects with our community on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook page!
Spring is finally here and summer is just around the
corner. Whether you’re busy planning
your vacations or your summer book list, make sure that creating something by
hand is part of your plan too.
Our new Sami Inspired Celtic Braid kitis the perfect project for those lazy summer days or even long rides in the car. This “Celtic” Braid pattern is reminiscent of designs prevalent during the Viking Age and adorned everything from sword hilts to jewelry. You can even find examples of this braid pattern decorating the hand painted pages in the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
If you’ve already mastered the art of our other kit selections, try this unique “twist” on theSaami Inspired Four Strand double braided braceletversion. The secret is all in how the individual strands are divided up before you begin braiding. Our 0.35mm tin thread is the perfect diameter to use with these patterns and the end result is a substantial and beautiful finished width ready to be attached to reindeer leather strips for bracelets.
We’ve also expanded our service by offering online video instructions to guide you through your projects! In addition to our awesome step by step instructional videos you’ll get tips and tricks from premier instructor Liz Bucheit that will have you braiding like a pro.
These bracelets are perfect for graduation and birthday
gifts and make wonderful wedding party gifts as well. Want a particular color
of leather not listed on our site? Send us an email and we’ll set you up!
Check out our class calendar and don’t forget to subscribe to receive 20% off your order! Stay tuned for new product offerings and special deals this summer.