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!
As I sit down to write this blog I realize I haven’t written anything since the summer. Between moving our classes to Zoom formats and looking ahead to what classes will look like in 2021 the year is ending with a bit of a sigh. I have missed being in a physical classroom amidst the hustle and bustle and laughter of students working on their projects. My jewelry studio is now a sound stage instead of a showroom and I spend a lot more time on my computer than at the bench.
However, over the past six months I’ve met students from all over the United States and Canada I might never have gotten to know! We’ve doubled our student enrollment and class offerings and it makes me happy and hopeful that folks are busily keeping the creative fires burning. We are happy to announce our new class calendar for 2021! This is only a partial listing so stay tuned for more class dates to be added. Still need a present for that hard to buy person? Give the gift of “a little class” with a gift certificate from any of the venues listed.
I’ve had great feedback from students about projects they’d like to explore in the future and even advice about providing some history and care instructions for people giving gifts this time of year. One of my students, Amy, gave me permission to share her idea of printing something she could enclose with the gifts she made for her family members.
Thanks for getting the bracelet kits to me so fast! And thanks as well for the excellent video instructions for the kits I just got. Between those and the YouTube video from a North House class I took from you, I was well prepared for my projects.
This little elf has tired fingers (with no punctures) and bracelets for the furthest away sisters-in-laws and my mother-in-law ready to go in the mail tomorrow! Santa should be able to deliver on time 🙂 One is getting a Viking Posament bracelet and another a different braid, both from supplies I got from you a couple of months ago. One question, I was looking on your website to see if you had any information on the care of bracelets (for folks like I’m sending them to who don’t have any idea what they are) and the history of Saami-inspired work like this. I found a bit of the latter in one of your blogs, but I wondered if you could point me in the right direction.
You’ll probably see another order from me relatively soon as I think I want my own four braid color band bracelet!
Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
What a great idea! Thanks so much Amy!
Because of Amy’s feedback you’ll find this description on printed cards included in future orders from saamisupplies.com and all kits for our 2021 class offerings.
A Bit of History about Your Sámi Inspired Bracelet
Coiled metal thread has been used by many cultures over the centuries for adorning clothing and textiles. Some of the most fascinating objects demonstrating medieval craftsmanship have come from Viking burials of the 9th and 10th centuries in Sweden. As a valued trade item “tin thread” reached the northern Scandinavian Sámi nomadic culture during the 1600’s and became an intrinsic element of their clothing and leather goods. Reindeer are an important staple to the Sámi and reindeer leather and antler are used in creating beautiful tin thread embroidery on traditional clothing. This craft has also evolved into the creation of a distinctive jewelry style. This jewelry is “Sámi Inspired” because of the unique combination of reindeer materials and tin thread. Avoid swimming or showering while wearing your bracelet and it will last for many years!
We are devoting the month of January to creating new kits and instructional videos to keep your fingers nimble until we are back in the classroom. Here are a few hints.
We want to thank all of our clients and students and everyone who has kept this beautiful tradition alive and for supporting us by courageously converting to the online class format. We appreciate you and wish you God Jul wherever you are! Don’t forget to check out our 2021 Class Calendar and we’ll see you next year!
Hopefully everyone is finding time to find a bright spot during these troubled times. I am constantly amazed at the resiliency of the human heart and that artists and organizations around the world are among those at the core advocating for change.
I want to take a moment to thank all of my students and clients who helped keep saamisupplies going during the last three months and to thank you, yet again for your incredible patience regarding the delay of your orders.
It’s been a frustrating eight weeks waiting for supply orders because of manufacturing/ shipping disruptions worldwide and the on-again/off-again nature of the safety shutdown. You’ve been waiting for tin thread to start and or finish projects (me too!) and everyone is antsy. Please know I am as anxious as you are as I’m used to filling orders immediately.
I ask that you continue to be patient and know that I will expedite your orders as soon as I receive my shipments. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions about your orders or if you want me to send partial shipments of products I have in stock. If you are placing a future order please be advised that shipping times will possibly delayed by 6-8 weeks.
In the meantime, here are some images to get you planning your next creation.
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!