Sami Bracelet Pattern – Pulla 4 Strand

Sami style reindeer bracelets are usually made using reindeer leather and pewter thread. The pewter thread is woven into a braid and then hand stitched onto a length of reindeer leather. The bracelet enclosure is a button made of reindeer antler horn or pewter. The pewter or tin thread can be woven into a variety … Continue reading “Sami Bracelet Pattern – Pulla 4 Strand”

How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain

Tenntrådsbroderi, or embroidering with pewter or tin thread is almost a lost art. The Saami used tin thread since the 1600’s to decorate their clothing. The tin was obtained by melting down old pewter plates and dishes and was spun into thread. The use of pewter thread has recently become fashionable in jewellery items such … Continue reading “How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain”

The Saami Art of Tin Thread Spinning

Tugging on a bit of pewter thread has led me down a new path of unraveling some of the intricately beautiful textile crafts of my ancestors. Pewter The first use of pewter dates back to the Bronze Age. Pewter was used by the Egyptians and later the Romans, and came into use in Europe for … Continue reading “The Saami Art of Tin Thread Spinning”