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Saamisupplies.com Now Offers Imitation Reindeer Hide and Kits.

Imitation reindeer leather - blue

Saamisupplies.com Now Offers Imitation Reindeer Hide and Kits.

Faux Real!

It never ceases to amaze me how I continue to learn from my students. I recently returned from an instructor’s retreat at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN where I took a class in Aniishiinaabe style moccasin making from the very talented Marcie McIntire.

Funny thing, I found myself saying exactly what my students say during the course of my Saami Inspired Bracelet Classes. Things like “Am I doing this right? Can you check my work? How long does it take you (the instructor) to complete a pair of moccasins?”  It’s easy to forget we are all students at one time or another and the experience taught me to listen more and be as empathetic as possible during the course of my classes.

I’ve also taken to inviting my students to give me suggestions about additional materials, tools and techniques.

One suggestion came from our client Chris who wanted an alternative material instead of reindeer hide to make her projects. After a bit of research we found the perfect solution.

We are now proud to offer imitation reindeer leather bracelet kits in a variety of colors! Instead of genuine antler buttons, kits will include pewter “replica” antler buttons in addition to needles and thread.  These bracelets make great graduation, confirmation and birthday gifts for women and men.  Try a beginning kit out today and stay tuned for more kit variations to come!

New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Imitation reindeer leather - blue
Imitation reindeer leather – blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

Make a Saami bracelet
Make a Saami bracelet
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Where to find Sami Bracelet supplies?

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Where to find Sami Bracelet Supplies?

You can find all of your Sami bracelet supplies right here. We carry only the best materials directly from Sweden. By having the Sami bracelet materials in stock and in the USA we cut your shipping time down to days instead of weeks. International shipping can sometimes take weeks to get through customs. Be sure to see our full list of products on our shopping page

If you are interested in more resources on making Saami bracelets check out these schools.

Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, Minnesota. This is a great place to take a class! The artists at Crown Trout Jewelers let you work directly in there studio. This gives you the unique chance to see how they create there work and to learn from people who are experienced and vetted in the arts. Part of their mission statement is to educate you in the history of the craft as well as the craft itself. You can sign up online or call for more information. 1-888-750-9294

North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. This is a wonderful and scenic trip to the north shore. The North House Folk School offers many classes in crafts and Saami Bracelets are no exception. Here is a link to their site. Click here

American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The American Swedish Institute  offers classes on Sami Bracelets as well. Check their site or call for a class listing.

Ingebretsens in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A cool shop and education. Here is their info 

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How to make a Sami Bracelet

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Jewelry classes Minnesota
Jewelry classes Minnesota

How to Make a Sami Bracelet or Saami Bracelet.

There are many ways to learn a new craft or skill and Sami bracelet making is no different. You can buy a kit and teach yourself, learn from a friend or take a class. Traditionally the Saami People taught the craft of Sami bracelet making person to person through a show and tell learning process. Today is no different. You can take a Sami Bracelet class in a few places. But keep in mind that your instructor should be experienced and knowledgeable regarding the craft as well as the history of the Saami people.  Here are a few wonderful sources for great classes.

Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, Minnesota. This is a great place to take a class! The artists at Crown Trout Jewelers let you work directly in their studio. This gives you the unique chance to see how they create their work and an opportunity to learn from people who are experienced and vetted in the arts. Part of their mission statement is to educate you in the history of the craft as well as the craft itself. You can sign up online or call for more information. 1-888-750-9294

North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. This is a wonderful and scenic trip to the north shore. The North House Folk School offers many classes in crafts and Saami Bracelets are no exception. Here is a link to their site. Click here

American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The American Swedish Institute  offers class on Sami Bracelets as well. Check their site or call for a class listing.

Ingebretsens in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A cool shop and education. Here is their info