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
The Sámi are
the indigenous “reindeer” people of Scandinavia and can be from Norway, Sweden,
inland and parts of Russia.
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!
The Sámi flag is the most important symbol for the national day. The red section of the circle represents the sun and the blue section represents the moon. The circle design was inspired by a Sámi poem describing the people as sons and daughters of the sun.
How will you celebrate Sámi National Day? Giitu (Sámi for thank you) for reading!
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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Whew! It’s been some time since I’ve posted. We just finished up our round of fall classes at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN and the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN to name a few. Our students were awesome and they created beautiful pieces.
With the first whisper of snow showers in Southeast
Minnesota we are hunkering down in the shop getting ready for Christmas. I’ve
already had some lovely orders from folks determined to make Sámi Inspired
Bracelets for gifts this holiday season.
If you are planning on creating handmade bracelets make sure to have plenty of pewter thread and reindeer leather on hand or order our famous Sámi Inspired Bracelet Kits in a variety of styles and colors. The finished bracelet length for our kits is approximately 7.5 inches. If you need a longer bracelet let me know in the “notes” portion of your order form and I will adjust the pewter thread and leather strip measurements accordingly.
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Too busy with Christmas cookies and choir practice? We are launching our finished bracelet gallery page just in time for Xmasin the next week!
Stay tuned for our new “How to Repair a Pewter Thread Bracelet – Tips and Tricks” video coming in January 2020.
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!
There are so many things to enjoy during the summer months. One of my warm weather favorites is hosting classes without the adventure of traveling in the snow and sleet!
We hosted a lively group June 7-8 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN for the “Viking Posament” Bracelet Class. This was an especially exciting class for a couple of reasons.
The mighty Handcraft and Foods Programs Coordinator Erin Swenson-Klatt approached me earlier this year to develop class curriculum to complement the upcoming “Vikings Begin” exhibit currently on view at ASI. I’d done some research on the historical use of the pewter thread used in my Sámi Inspired Bracelet Classes and was delighted to find records of gold and silver thread decorations in Viking graves in Birka, Sweden dating from the 8th-10th century.
The term “posament” refers to a type of decorative trim using metal wire woven into braids or knots resembling Celtic knot work. It’s speculated that some of the knots also resemble the knot work art created by sailors of today. Since Birka was a large trade center and the Vikings were masters of maritime travel, it’s possible the technique was influenced by these designs.
This past week’s workshop was particularly special since it was the first official offering or ‘maiden voyage’ of a new class! I always ‘test kitchen’ my classes on my friends before I develop a completed offering to the variety of our teaching venues. My students were super helpful in giving me feedback regarding what did and didn’t work.
We began by practicing the triangular knot (sometimes called a “Viking star”) and “Josephine” knot using thick nylon cord. After everyone felt comfortable with the process we moved to using the same 0.35mm pewter thread I use in the Sámi Inspired Bracelet class. Students completed a bracelet using the “Josephine” knot style. The completed trim was sewn on to a reindeer leather strip and finished with a pewter button. A couple of sassy students (I’m talking about you two, Kim and Laura!) tackled a more challenging pattern incorporating both knot styles and the results were stunning!
If you want to get more of your ‘Viking’ on, join me at ASI September 28, 2019 for my Viking Knit Bracelet Class. We’ll create a timeless fine silver bracelet design in the style of nålbinding fit for a queen or Viking warrior. Check our website for class dates and venues.
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.