Sami Reindeer Bracelets

One of the traditional Saami duodji crafts is leathermaking. I thought I would give it a try. I started with something simple by purchasing a Sami bracelet kit from a Sami supplier in Sweden TNKReativt. The bracelet kit includes a piece of reindeer leather, tin thread, artificial sinew, clear nylon thread, sewing thread, a sewing … Continue reading “Sami Reindeer Bracelets”

What is Sami Duodji

Sami Duodji is all traditional handicraft that is made by the Saami people. The crafts are both artistic and have a functional purpose such as tools, clothing, knives, cups, bags, hats, belts, laces. These items have been made by hand for many centuries and were used in everyday Sami life. Recently there has been a … Continue reading “What is Sami Duodji”

Sami Open Braid Weaving

I have been doing a study on Sami braid weaving and I noticed that the ends of the braids are often finished with a simple braid technique of finger weaving or open braiding the ends.

How to Warp a Saami Rigid Heddle

To put a warp onto a Beaivi Sami weaving loom is a fairly simple process. I use my warping board that is attached to the back of my loom to measure the warp – similar to preparing a warp for any other loom. While I am measuring the warp, I thread the Beaivi loom at … Continue reading “How to Warp a Saami Rigid Heddle”

Rigid Heddle Pickup Pattern

Sami Weaving Pattern – Zig zag.

2 Hole Weaving Reed

From high-tech to low-tech weaving – My latest handweaving obsession is studying more about the weaving of narrow bands, belts and braids done by my ancestors. After finding a unique double slot weaving reed during a trip to Sweden, I did some more research on these small and portable weaving reeds used by the Saami … Continue reading “2 Hole Weaving Reed”

Rigid Heddle Band Weaving

Sami rigid heddle band weaving patterns