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Hello everyone!

Summer is winding down and there’s a little coolness in the air reminding me that the fall and winter holidays are not far off.

September is a big month for planning 2023 classes so while I’m in negotiations with several of my usual venues I wanted to make you aware of the great classes going on for the remainder of this year.

The Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa is hosting both online and in person offerings in October.

If you are looking ahead to Christmas, these classes are a wonderful opportunity to get a jump on your gift giving!

Sølje Inspired Earring Class (ONLINE)

October 11, 2022  6-7:30pm

Ever wonder why sølje pins have those shiny dangles with silver disc drops? These discs are called “spoons” or “shells” in Norwegian. Silver has long been a protective element against evil and abduction by the hulder folk in Scandinavia. Legend has it that should you run into the devil wearing your sparkling sølje, he would see his own reflection and run away! Don’t run away from a chance to create your own silver- and gold-washed earrings in this short class designed to introduce you to the beauty of Scandinavian silverwork. Register

Viking Knit Chain Bracelet (IN PERSON)

October 29, 2022  9am-5pm

Come explore the ancient tradition of chain making! You’ll use “Viking Knitting,” a centuries-old looping technique, to create a beautiful silver bracelet with a variety of unusual clasps. Historically, this unique method of looping resembles nålbinding, which pre-dates knitting and was used to fabricate everything from articles of clothing to netting for catching fish! You’ll have the opportunity to complete a bracelet in a single day—no previous experience required. Register 

Have you missed a chance to take the Viking Posament Bracelet Class? Here’s your opportunity to catch the North House Folk School online offering and the official last class of 2022. This class is hosted over two days for a relaxed pace.

Viking Posament Bracelet Class

October 21, 2022 4-6pm

October 22, 2022 10-2pm

Some of the most fascinating objects demonstrating medieval craftsmanship have come from Viking burials of the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden. The term “posament” refers to a method of knotting and braiding wire into ornaments used to decorate textiles. In this online class students will practice the art of posament using nylon cords to perfect either a “Josephine” or a triangular series of braided knots. We will then construct a length of knots using pewter coiled thread (96% tin + 4% silver) and sew the finished braid to a softened leather strip to create a bracelet. A pewter button finishes off the bracelet. We’ll decide as a class when to take breaks and turn the video screens off to work on our projects individually, coming back together at key moments throughout. 

*Note: Students will receive kits with all the necessary materials included by mail in advance and are welcome to practice posament knots using the enclosed nylon cord and printed visual directions before the class date. Register

We’ll also be announcing some new kit offerings (just in time for Xmas) in the next two weeks so stay tuned and thank you again for your support!

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Happy summer!

I know it’s been a minute but we have finally launched a new kit offering!

Now you can build on your skills with our Viking Posament Bracelet Kit. This has been a really popular online and in person class so we decided to create a kit based on this beautiful bracelet project with an instructional video so you can work at your own pace. This is also a great rainy day activity if you find yourself stuck inside on vacation.

We promote pewter thread crafts which are mainly associated with Sámi groups that created and used spun pewter threads for braiding and embroidery starting around the 16th century.

But did you know that examples of gold and silver spun threads have been found in Viking Age burial graves in Birka Sweden that date from the 8th and 10th centuries?

Small sections of gold and silver plaited threads were located around the head, chest and wrist areas so it is speculated by researchers that these decorations could have been attached to a headband or other pieces of clothing or textiles. It’s a bit hard to tell since the textile or cloth disintegrated over time.

Viking Posament practice
Viking Posament practice

“Posament is a technique where metal wires or threads are braided and knotted into ornaments and then sewn onto textiles. Braiding and knotting can be used together or separately. (Annika Madejska –Posament: Pretty knots from Birka)

Our kits are mainly comprised of braiding techniques using pewter thread whereas the Viking Posament Bracelet Kit uses a knotting technique called the “Josephine” knot. It has been speculated that this knot work resembles one of the many kinds of knots used by sailors at sea. Since Birka was a trading center during the Viking period it’s possible that these designs made their way into the culture of the time.

A variety of Viking Age posaments have also been found in Denmark, Gotland, Hedeby, and Huddinge. (Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor – Birka Posaments)

After a little digging on ye old Internet I also discovered the Josephine knot was named after Napolean’s wife in the European culture but it is credited as originating in the Orient and is referred to as the double coin knot. It is also known as the lover’s knot symbolizing eternal love.

Whether you are an experienced bracelet maker or a first time maker, please note that this project is a bit of a challenge so it can be helpful to practice the Josephine knot with some yarn or nylon cord to get the technique down.

Josephine Knot
Josephine Knot

I would love to see your finished bracelets so don’t hesitate to reach out with photos and or any questions you may haveJ

It’s “knot” hard so give it a try! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)

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Stay tuned for more stories from my American Scandinavian Foundation fellowship adventures and Sámi silver research🙂

Happy crafting!

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Saamisupplies Silver Thread Stories From Norway https://saamisupplies.com/saamisupplies-silver-thread-stories-from-norway/ https://saamisupplies.com/saamisupplies-silver-thread-stories-from-norway/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:57:04 +0000 https://saamisupplies.com/?p=14497 Happy summer everyone! I hope you celebrated the summer solstice in true Norwegian fashion with lots of delicious food, drink and dancing. I’ve been busy finishing up my final report about my Norway trip for my American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship titled Silver Threads: Discovering Sámi Silver so I’ve pulled out some of my favorite photos …

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Happy summer everyone!

I hope you celebrated the summer solstice in true Norwegian fashion with lots of delicious food, drink and dancing.

I’ve been busy finishing up my final report about my Norway trip for my American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship titled Silver Threads: Discovering Sámi Silver so I’ve pulled out some of my favorite photos of Sámi silver and some video of goldsmith Anita Schmid demonstrating a patterning technique popular to the large brooch designs.

The bulk of my research took place in Kautokeino and Karasjok where a major source of Sámi cultural repositories are located. The week leading up to the Easter holiday is very busy with lots of local people wearing traditional gákti (dress) and young people coming home for spring break.

Anita Schmid og Peter Rust- Smykker Studio – Kautokeino, Norway

Swiss goldsmiths Anita Schmid and Peter Rust established their studio in 1982. Established contemporary jewelry artists in their own right, they also create traditional jewelry for the local Sámi community. My timing to visit their shop was tight as Easter Saturday of 2022 was their official last day in business as they were retiring. They invited me to come that Saturday to see all of the risku brooches that were being picked up!

While the risku brooches are similar to Norwegian bunad silver they possess different design elements. For instance the sheer diameter of the brooches can be as large as a saucer. The shape of the brooch itself represents the sun symbol in the Sámi religion. The engraving on the base plate of many brooches is a series of zig zag patterns achieved by the use of a chisel. This method is called trombolering. These patterns are a signature element in Sámi jewelry.

A beautiful bridal crown at the RiddoDuottar Museum in Kautokeino was on display on loan from the local silversmith Franz Singer featuring intricate stone- set disc drops. Up to this point I hadn’t realized a bridal crown tradition existed in Sámi culture so this was a unique chance to see such and intricate and beautiful piece up close. The Sámi Museum in Karasjok featured a silversmith on site and a wonderful display of jewelry including a stunning Sámi bridal headpiece similar to a bridal crown at the RiddoDuottar Museum.

Both pieces incorporate the suspended discs used in Norwegian regional bunad silver. However the style has been designed to fit over a traditional Sámi hat. The use of bright faceted crystals are a favorite element in Sámi silver jewelry as well as glass rondels. Some more conservative smiths informed me that the older silver pieces used traditional red and green stones (colored garnets) and that the bright “unicorn” colors have only recently been accepted as viable design additions and are highly desirable among the younger folks.

I have so much more to share so stay tuned.

Quick note – I’ll be at Peterson Gammel Dag Days in Peterson, Minnesota this Saturday June 25 demonstrating Sámi inspired bracelet techniques and showcasing some of my bridal silver so if you’re in the area I’ll be in the museum…..and the bunad fashion show! Don’t forget to stock up on bracelet kits for those rainy cabin weekends and check out my class schedule for the summer and fall (yikes!)

Helgestak Liz
Me in my Hallingdal helgestakk

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Saamisupplies returns from Sámi Land in Norway https://saamisupplies.com/saamisupplies-returns-from-sami-land-in-norway/ https://saamisupplies.com/saamisupplies-returns-from-sami-land-in-norway/#respond Thu, 26 May 2022 22:13:46 +0000 https://saamisupplies.com/?p=14404 Greetings one and all! We have returned from the great northern reaches of Norway. I still have to pinch myself that my trip wasn’t a dream! I am so grateful to the American Scandinavian Foundation for sponsoring my research on discovering Sámi silver. We took hundreds of photos and hours of video that will knock …

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Greetings one and all!

We have returned from the great northern reaches of Norway.

I still have to pinch myself that my trip wasn’t a dream! I am so grateful to the American Scandinavian Foundation for sponsoring my research on discovering Sámi silver. We took hundreds of photos and hours of video that will knock your socks off AND we met incredible artists and made amazing friends. I managed to post several photos daily on our Instagram account so you can check those out here if you’d like:   saami_supplies_

Kautokeino - Tundra
Kautokeino – Tundra

I finally have most of my brain cells back from traveling too. Spending three weeks with a 10:30pm sunset and a 3:30am sunrise did a number on my sleep cycle.

After flying into Alta, Norway we spent several days exploring the local area. Most memorable was our time at Sami Siida. Founded in 2002 by Johan and Berit Anne Eira along with Kristina and Nils Henrik, Sámi Sidda was an incredible introduction to Sámi culture where we were treated to a reindeer powered sleigh ride and a terrific meal of reindeer dishes in a beautiful building. The laavu (tent) pictured housed an incredible museum featuring Sámi clothing and artifacts. Our host Johan posed with a reindeer robe his mother made for him when he was a youngster.

We were also treated to many interesting facts about the reindeer themselves. Did you know reindeer are excellent swimmers? Johan explained that the hairs on a reindeer’s hide are actually hollow in the middle and sealed on the ends. This makes the reindeer naturally buoyant so they are able to cross rivers.

Our other host Jack not only chaperoned our reindeer ride but also treated us to coffee and cake arounda campfire where we listened to him talk about Sámi history and the future of the reindeer industry. The entire experience was truly magical as well as educational.

That was just our first day! I plan to blog about my research trip in phases so stay tuned for more stories and photos. Oh, and I promise we will get to the silver jewelry portion in Kautokeino and Karasjok in short order.

More news! Our Viking Posament Bracelet Kit video is almost complete so look for that new kit offering to drop in June.

Thank you for your support and your interest!

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Happy Spring Everyone!

It’s the final countdown to our big adventure!

Please note that any saamisupplies.com orders placed after April 5 will be mailed after April 30 so stock up on your favorites in the next week.

Needless to say this particular April is going to be one for the books.

In less than two weeks we will be on our way to Norway to fulfill my American Scandinavian Foundation grant obligations to research Sámi silver work and I couldn’t be more psyched.

Be prepared to be inundated with Instagram photos and videos documenting our interviews with artists and visits to the many cultural repositories representing Sámi craft and history. If you haven’t followed me on my new Instagram page, my handle is:       liz_bucheit_crowns_tiaras

In case you missed my last blog:

I’m particularly excited to visit the Sámi Parliament building in Karasjok which houses an incredible library. I’ll also be speaking with artists like Anita Schmid and Peter Rust and Ann-Sofie Kristina Kallok at Juhls Silver Gallery in Kautokeino. Museums like the Ridddo Duottar Museat in Karasjok are on the menu as well. Stay tuned!

I also had the great pleasure this past week to meet the incredible folks of Sylsmidja, Norway’s largest wholesale provider of beautiful bunad silver jewelry for over 80 years located in Voss, Norway. They have a stunning exhibition of their history and company at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum and they were kind enough to visit our studio in Lanesboro, MN.

 Anne Kari J. Salbu is the granddaughter and project manager of Sylsmidja along with Product Developer and Sales Consultant Anders Fagerthun and Shop Manager Trond Syversen. It was such an honor to meet them in person and we received a personal invitation to visit their factory on my next trip to Norway (Hmmmmmm…….next spring????????) Check out their beautiful work! Their videos are incredible, in particular the video in the exhibit showcasing the design and construction of a bridal crown – my favorite of course.

Many thanks to all the well-wishers regarding my trip and the American Scandinavian Foundation for this incredible opportunity to bring more awareness to the history and tradition of Sámi silver. Giitu!

Sylsmidja at Crown Trout Jewelers – Anders Fagerthun, Liz Bucheit, Anne Kari J. Salbu and Trond Syversen

Trond makes Michael an honorary Norwegian with the gift of his tie pin!

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Hello and Happy New Year from saamisupplies.com!

Woohoo for ’22!

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and we are ready to rock out returning to the classroom as well as maintaining our online classes.

The last time I was in a physical classroom was March of 2019 and we were hosting a “try it” workshop for the Vesterheim Folk School where students could make a pair of sølje dish drop earrings. This was a short teaser class to excite and inspire students to sign up for jewelry classes but alas….Covid.

Fast forward to what I like to call the ‘great creative shift’ to online course in 2020 and 2021. A good majority of my teaching venues created quick yet graceful dance steps to assist instructors like myself getting comfortable teaching and presenting online. Besides creating a class structure for the internet I was also awarded some great opportunities to help raise awareness for hand craft in general.

One such opportunity was the chance to be part of Vesterheim’s “Folk Art Forward project where folk art instructors were awarded an iPad and equipment to enhance online skills and video proficiency.  We were also required to produce a video about ourselves, our craft and our classes. If I was ever intimidated by technology these past two years I am completely over it! I was also honored to be invited to present for the Vesterheim’s “Collection Connectionseries and it’s been a blast to work with such a talented group of staff. Vesterheim’s exhibition “Socially Distanced- Creatively Connected” closed the first week in January and I was honored to have my ‘Fountainhead Bridal Tiara’ featured in the show alongside a ton of other talented artists.

So, what’s on the horizon for 2022?

My first in person class is being offered at the North House Folk School and we are already scheduling into summer and next fall! I’ll also be back in the classroom at the Vesterheim Folk School and the American Swedish Institute. All of these venues are getting ready to drop their 2022 coursework schedules so follow the links and set a reminder for yourself. My first three online classes are full so register early. I’m sensing a little cabin fever ….! Check out this beautiful choker by Tara Austin using the Viking Posament “Josephine” knotting technique. Tara is also an award winning rosmaling artist and you must check out her work.

Of course, I am busy planning for my trip to research Sámi silver during the Easter festival in northern Norway in April. I’m particularly excited to visit the Sámi Parliament building in Karasjok which houses an incredible library. I’ll also be speaking with artists like Anita Schmid and Peter Rust and Ann-Sofie Kristina Kallok at Juhls Silver Gallery in Kautokeino. Museums like the Ridddo Duottar Museat in Karasjok are on the menu as well. Stay tuned!

FYI -If you are looking to start some new projects or need kits please plan ahead as we will be unable to fill orders placed between April 5 – 30th  2022. If you have questions please feel free to email me.

Stay warm and keep crafting!

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Happy Holidays from Saamisupplies! https://saamisupplies.com/happy-holidays-from-saamisupplies/ https://saamisupplies.com/happy-holidays-from-saamisupplies/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2021 23:00:11 +0000 https://saamisupplies.com/?p=13341 Happy (almost) Holidays Everyone! I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog since SPRING. So many new and exciting things! Check out our new logo! Many thanks to Eye Prize Marketing for their wonderful design work. We spent most of our summer trying to navigate between online classes and the possibility of in-person classes again …

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Happy (almost) Holidays Everyone!

I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog since SPRING. So many new and exciting things!

Check out our new logo! Many thanks to Eye Prize Marketing for their wonderful design work.

We spent most of our summer trying to navigate between online classes and the possibility of in-person classes again for the fall. I’m happy to say that a partial class listing for 2022 is now up on our Classes page and in-person classes are back!

Celtic Love Knot Bracelet
Celtic Love Knot Bracelet

This includes bracelet making classes at the North House Folk School and the return of Norwegian filigree classes in the summer at the Vesterheim Folk School.

Don’t worry that online classes are going away anytime soon. I’ll be hosting a Beginning Sámi Inspired Bracelet Class at the American Swedish Institute in February on Sámi National Day weekend so check their website for that upcoming offering. Folks love the availability and flexibility of online classes so I plan to use the month of January to come up with new and interesting projects students can do from the comfort of home.

And now for some BIG news! I was recently awarded an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship to travel to Norway this next April 2022.

My trip will encompass research and the study of Sámi silver work in order to broaden my knowledge of historic design, tools and techniques unique to the Sámi culture of Northern Norway.

Upon my return I will share my research with the Sámi Cultural Center of America in Duluth Minnesota. This knowledge will also enhance my traditional Norwegian jewelry class curriculum at the Vesterheim Folk School in Decorah, Iowa and the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota in an effort to encourage a broader awareness of Sámi silver work within the folk culture and traditions of Scandinavian ornament.

I am honored and excited to have received this grant and I can’t wait to share everything I see and learn while I am there. I’ll be in Kautokeino, Karasjok and Alta so stay tuned for the social media on my end to explode! Hopefully I won’t become an annoying Tiktok meme.

In the meantime the holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to stock up on Sámi Inspired Bracelet Kits and or finished bracelets. Get busy in your Santa’s workshop and stay tuned for more kits, videos and expanded projects in the New Year! Don’t be shy about contacting me if you need help ordering materials or need assistance with your projects.  Keep on crafting!

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New! Sámi Inspired Sparkle Hoop Earring Class https://saamisupplies.com/new-sami-inspired-sparkle-hoop-earring-class/ https://saamisupplies.com/new-sami-inspired-sparkle-hoop-earring-class/#respond Thu, 11 Mar 2021 23:52:41 +0000 https://saamisupplies.com/?p=12095 Happy spring everyone! (Well, almost) 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 …

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Happy spring everyone! (Well, almost)

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!

For more information or to register: https://folkartschool.vesterheim.org/class/2021-05-14-sami-inspired-sparkle-hoop-earrings

Where will your creativity take you this season?

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Happy Sámi National Day – February 6, 2021

Sámi National Day   February 6, 2021

Hi everyone!

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 ?

Giitu (Sámi for thank you) for reading!

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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!

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