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Add some color to your pewter thread bracelets with colored cord.

Join our blog and add some color to your pewter thread bracelets.  I love the look of traditional pewter thread braids but sometimes I long for a little variation to really make the materials pop.  I usually wear several bracelets at a time and often I can color coordinate my selection with what I’m wearing. We recently added a rich rainbow of 1.00mm round cowhide leather cord to our inventory at saamisupplies.com.  Follow the steps in this project to brighten you bracelets and your day.

Double Four Braid Pewter Thread Bracelet with 1.00 Round Leather Colored Cord

Begin by cutting 4 pieces of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 18 inches long each.  Cut one 18 inch section of 1.00mm  round leather cord.

Take 2 pieces of pewter thread and place a strand on either side of your leather cord.  These will be your borders.  Double the entire piece in half on the end of an open paper clip attached to your table clamp.  Make sure to keep everything flat.  It’s a bit of a challenge so don’t be discouraged if it seems like you need another set of hands to get everything positioned properly.

Double your remaining 2 strands of pewter thread over the end of the paper clip and you are ready to start braiding.

Proceed to braid as you would for the double four-strand pewter thread bracelet project in our previous post this past week.

You should end up with a 6.5 – 6.75 inch finished braid.  You can sew the braid to a leather strip at this point or simply cap the end with a button and loop for a different look.

It’s hard to believe that the addition of color can make this braid look so different.  You can also try using round polyester cord or silk beading cord for variety.  I’ve had students use flat strips of suede or reindeer hide and even ribbon!  Remember to use materials at least 1.00mm wide so your material doesn’t disappear  between the sections of your pewter thread.

Don’t forget to join our blog and stay tuned for another exciting project next week. Visit www.saamisupplies.com for everything you need to fuel your creativity!

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Steps on how to create a double four-strand pewter thread braid

Hey everyone!  I’ve gotten lots of requests over the past few weeks regarding the steps on how to create a double four-strand braid for our pewter thread and Saami inspired folks.  This is a beautiful dense Irish looking pattern that takes a bit of practice.  To start you will need 4 strands of 0.35mm pewter thread approximately 20″ long each.

Double your strands in half over the hook of your paper clip and divide into 4 sections with two strands in each section.  Don’t worry if this looks a little wonky to start with.

Take your two sections in the middle and cross the right section over the left section. and pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your left and cross it over the nearest section and pull over to the right.  Pull taut.

Take the outermost section on your right and cross it under the nearest section and pull over the left.

Pull both sections firmly to either side and you should begin to see the pattern emerging.

Depending on how tightly you braid you should end up with a finished braid approximately 6.5 to 6.75 inches long. Remember to figure that a good 0.25 inch on either end will be hidden in the body of your bracelet if you are going to sew the braid to a leather strip.  These proportions work well for a 7 inch finished bracelet on reindeer hide so if you want a longer braid increase the length of your strands by 2 inches (20 – 22 inches).  Again, depending on the how tightly you weave your strands will determine the overall finished length of the braid.  Strands measuring 22 inches in length should yield you a finished braid measuring approximately 7.7 to 8 inches long.

Good luck and I am always happy to answer questions and help in any way I can.  Don’t forget to share your projects on our Saami Inspired Facebook Page.  Thanks for following our blog and stay tuned for a new project post May 6th where we’ll add a little color to your life.

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New Twists on Saami Inspired Four Braid Pewter Thread Bracelets

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I don’t know about you but sometimes I can get a little crazy when it comes to all the different variations of braids that are possible for my bracelets.  For example, I’m working on the two bracelets pictured below which are double strand, four braid weaves.  They are essentially the same except for the division of strand groupings.  In the first picture on the left, the braid on the left (“dubbel fyrflata”) uses around 6 feet of 0.35mm tin thread divided into 4 sections and doubled over for a 6.5 inch finished braid.  The style on the right uses 3 strands at 18.5 inches each and 1 strand at 21 inches doubled over for a 6.5 inch finished braid.  It’s all in how you divide up the strand groups.  Stay tuned for some examples where we combine leather, beads, silk cord and fish leather into the braid!

 

Saami bracelet
Saami bracelet

 

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It’s “knot” easy! Pewter thread Viking posament practice.

Here are some practice pieces I’m working on using the same pewter thread  I use for my Saami Inspired Bracelet projects.  This type of knot work is a replication of “posaments” or decorations found in Viking graves from the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden.  While I’m using pewter thread, ancient posaments were actually created using gold and silver wire and were used for embellishing clothing.  I’ve had to practice the knot patterns beforehand using leather cord and I’m still learning!

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Share your projects and ideas on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook page!

With the release of our new book “Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics” (available at Amazon.com) we encourage everyone to share their projects, tips and tricks on our Saami Inspired Crafts Facebook page!  Share your photos and check out our international contributors.

Liz Bucheit “ruff” collar

 

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Free! How To Measure Materials For Saami Inspired Leather Bracelets – Free Download

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Free! How To Measure Materials For Saami Leather Bracelets

Start making your own custom Saami inspired leather bracelets with this quick guide. Understanding what measurements are needed in a leather bracelet will help you to create innovative designs and allow you to experiment with your braiding. This is a free downloadable PDF.

Get it today and start creating. Also be sure to check out our learning page for videos and books.

 

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Now in Paperback! Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book

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Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book

Available now in paperback!

Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book
Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book

The long awaited Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics E-Book by Liz Bucheit is here and available on Amazon.

Explore the wonderful world of spun pewter thread jewelry! Historically, Vikings used metal spun thread to decorate their clothing and leather goods. This technique enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the 16th century among the Saami, Scandinavia’s original native population. In this book you will learn the craft of braiding pewter coiled thread to create a unique bracelet on reindeer hide with an antler button clasp. Follow easy instructions, large photo examples and additional video links for a step by step guide to completing these beautiful bracelets.

IT IS NOW IN PAPERBACK! CLICK HERE!

CLICK HERE FOR THE  E-BOOK!

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Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics E-Book

Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book

Available now!

Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics

Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book
Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics Book

The long awaited Saami Inspired Bracelet Basics E-Book by Liz Bucheit is here and available on Amazon.

Explore the wonderful world of spun pewter thread jewelry! Historically, Vikings used metal spun thread to decorate their clothing and leather goods. This technique enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the 16th century among the Saami, Scandinavia’s original native population. In this book you will learn the craft of braiding pewter coiled thread to create a unique bracelet on reindeer hide with an antler button clasp. Follow easy instructions, large photos examples and additional video links for a step by step guide to completing these beautiful bracelets.

CLICK THE BOOK JACKET TO CHECK IT OUT!→

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Saami Inspired Mixed Level Bracelet Class

Looking to get a jump start on that New Year’s resolution to learn something new? Join us for a Saami Inspired Mixed Level Bracelet Class! Beginning students will explore triple braiding coiled pewter wire and sewing the finished braid to a softened reindeer hide strip. Advanced students will complete a multiple braided bracelet on a wider reindeer hide strip.  Reindeer antler buttons finish off these beautiful bracelets.
When:  Saturday January 21, 2017
10-5pm
Where: Norway House
913 E Franklin Street
Minneapolis, MN   55404
Cost: $40 per student (due upon registration) plus a materials fee paid directly to the instructor the day of class.
Beginner’s fee:  $95   Advanced fee:  $125
How do I register?  This class is offered through Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis, MN
Call: 800-279-9333 to register.
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Jewelry classes Minnesota