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Stuck at home? Bracelet projects!

Saami Bracelets in Spring colors!

Stuck at home? Bracelet projects!

Hello everyone!

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.

Saami Bracelets in Spring colors!
Saami Bracelets in Spring colors!

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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Stay safe and well!

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New York Times Interviews Liz Bucheit about Sámi Culture

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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 saamisupplies.com!

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 craft.

Follow the link to the complete article: Link

And in local news: We are currently putting together new kits for wider, multiple braid designs plus matching learning videos to guide you through the creation of each style.

Celtic and Posament Style Braid Bracelets

Don’t forget to check out our class dates for 2020.  Easter is just around the corner and bracelets are always a welcome gift for anyone’s basket…as well as chocolate!

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New Sami Four Braid Bracelet Colors!

Four Braid Color Band Sami Bracelet Kit

New Sami Four Braid Bracelet Colors

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!

Don’t forget to share your projects on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook page and stay tuned for our upcoming gallery page featuring finished bracelets and necklaces.

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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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Lanesboro Jewelry Artist Wins International Award

Lanesboro Jewelry Artist Wins International Award

International award winning jewelry designer Liz Bucheit is the recipient of the Grand Award in the Wire Category of The Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards competition. Designed to draw attention to metal and wire artistry, this juried competition sponsored by Bead & Button magazine and FacetJewelry.com drew entries from around the world.

Bucheit’s “Saami Inspired Ruff Collar” entry was created using pewter braided thread and reindeer hide. Bucheit keeps close ties to her Scandinavian heritage and credits her inspiration to her interest in traditional crafts of the Saami culture, Scandinavia’s indigenous people.

All finalists were invited to send their pieces, which were displayed throughout the weekend at the 2018 Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Liz Bucheit is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication. She co-owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN with partner and fellow goldsmith Michael Seiler. Visit www.crowntrout.com.

Liz Bucheit “ruff” collar

 

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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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