Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Sami band weaving has traditionally been woven using a small reed made of wood or bone. The heddle has long slots alternating with small holes for the warp. The band is woven by raising or lowering the heddle and passing the weft through the warp opening. Stoorstalka from Sweden have redesigned the traditional Saami weaving … Continue reading “Sigga Heddle Band Weaving”

How to Sew a Sami Bracelet

This article continues from Part 1 – Sami Pulla Bracelet Pattern for making a Pewter braid. Please Note: I supply these patterns and instructions for making Sami style crafts free of charge. These are provided for your personal use only. Please be respectful of the Sami and their cultural heritage and do not sell your … Continue reading “How to Sew a Sami Bracelet”

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 Sew a Sami Reindeer Bracelet Part 2

How to stitch the back of a Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelet. This article is a continuation from How to Make a Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Step 1 – How to Weave the Pewter braid ‘Pulla’ 4 Strand Pattern Step 2 – How to Sew the Pewter Braid to Reindeer Leather Please Note: I supply these … Continue reading “How to Sew a Sami Reindeer Bracelet Part 2”

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”

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”

Sami Grene Blanket with a Bandwoven Edge Finish

Grene rugs and blankets were a traditional style of blanket woven by the Saami on warp weighted looms. They were made of hand spun wool. The top edge of the blanket had a braid that was woven using a Saami weaving reed. The weft threads of the braid were the ends of the lengths of … Continue reading “Sami Grene Blanket with a Bandwoven Edge Finish”