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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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Saamisupplies.com Now Offers Imitation Reindeer Hide and Kits.

Imitation reindeer leather - blue

Saamisupplies.com Now Offers Imitation Reindeer Hide and Kits.

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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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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 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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Saami Inspired Bracelets are Great for Folks with Jewelry Allergies

There are so many features of this craft that are unique. Some people are specifically attracted to the intricate braiding and hand stitching that go into a bracelet or necklace. Other folks want to identify appreciation for their Scandinavian and or Saami roots by wearing tin thread jewelry to show cultural pride.

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SaamiInspiredbracelets

But did you know the materials used in this tradition also appeal to people who can’t wear regular jewelry?

We all have friends and clients who have jewelry allergies and these poor souls are pretty limited as to what they can wear even if they love silver and gold. The most common allergy is related to the nickel content in sterling silver jewelry. I’ve even had clients who react badly to wearing gold jewelry based on prescriptions they may be taking for a chronic illness or condition.

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However, I’ve had people who are attracted to these bracelet styles purely on the premise that they are (for the most part) hypoallergenic!

Traditionally the Saami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia tanned their own reindeer skins using bark from a variety of trees.

Our black reindeer hide is organically dyed using the bark from the alder tree. Our coiled tin thread is comprised of 96% tin, 4% silver and is nickel free. Reindeer antler buttons and cord take the place of metal clasps on regular bracelets so no metal is touching the wearer’s skin.

So, if you have a friend, family member or client who always says ‘I love jewelry but I’m allergic to metal!’ introduce them to the special beauty and wearability of these handcrafted bracelets.

Our Saami Inspired Bracelet Kits also come in a variety of colors for “color picky” palettes!

Click the photo for the kit info!New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Saami Inspired Bracelets are Great for Folks with Jewelry Allergies

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New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

New Saami Bracelet Kits in Fantastic Colors!

Saami Bracelet Kit in New Colors

Our beginning double braided Saami Bracelet Kits have been so popular we’ve decided to add 6 new colors of reindeer skin! In addition to our traditional black leather you can choose from red, blue, olive, tan, antique brown and merlot leather for a splash of color. In addition to more bracelet color choices we’ve replaced the CDROM instructions with a downloadable PDF feature.

Stay tuned for new kits featuring different braid variations and projects accompanied by video instructions with feature Saami Inspired Bracelet instructor Liz Bucheit. Get a jump on your Xmas projects by ordering your kits today!

Genuine Reindeer Leather Saami Bracelet Kits – Single Braided Sami Kit

$45.00

Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters. See description below↓

 

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Genuine Reindeer Leather Saami Bracelet Kits –

Single Braided Sami Bracelet Kit

If you have taken our Sami bracelet classes in the past we now offer kits for our double braided pewter thread bracelet.  Never had a class from us?  No worries!  Kits come with downloadable step-by-step instructions. This is a wonderful project for beginning or advanced jewelers and crafters.  

 

Saami Bracelet material Kits – Single Braided Sami Bracelet kit

This kit contains materials and directions for 1@ double braided bracelet.

Materials in kit:

Tin thread (48″ cut into 3@ 16″ sections)

20mm wide reindeer leather strip (approximately 7″ long)

5mm wide reindeer leather strip (approximately 2″ long) for button

1@ reindeer leather twisted cord (for button loop)

1@ reindeer antler two hole button

1@ 5/10 straight needle (to use with acrylic thread to fasten braid to leather)

1@ leather “glover” needle (to use with black synthetic sinew thread to fasten button loop and close up back of bracelet)

Acrylic and black synthetic sinew thread

 

You will also need: (Not included in kit)

Scissors

Measuring tape

Plastic hobby table clamp with hole(s) in handle

Paper clip

Rubber cement

Additional information

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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.

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Make a Saami bracelet
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Saamisupplies.com announces International Shipping Service

Saamisupplies.com announces International Shipping Service

Greetings everyone!

We have expanded our ordering platform to include International Flat Rate Shipping! With over 700 subscribers we have been getting order inquiries from Japan, Switzerland, Spain and even Russia. Stay tuned for new products, kits, books and tips and tricks for this unique craft. Don’t forget to check out our class schedule at www.crowntrout.com for upcoming venues and new class offerings for 2018. Get a jump on those Christmas gifts by ordering materials and kits early and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog.

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SaamiInspiredbracelets

 

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Saami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Stitching
Saami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Stitching