Naalbinding Supplies

Nalbinding yarns, needles, patterns and kits can now be purchased in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop: paivataryarn.etsy.com

Naalbinding Needles
Nalbinding needles can vary greatly in both size and style. Much like knitting needles, using the correct type of needle can make a difference in your finished work.
The size of the eye in the needle is important – a larger eye allows you to fit longer lengths of yarn into the eye. By accordion folding the yarn, you can use longer lengths. I often fold the yarn several times, so I am able to use lengths that are 5-10 meters in length. This speeds up the nalbinding considerably because I don’t have to join as many ends together, which can be time consuming.
The width or circumference of the needle can also make a difference. You can adjust the tension of the loops by tightening the loop around your thumb. If you have a large thumb then the loops will be looser. If you wish to make tight loops or are using a fine yarn, you can also adjust the tension by tightening the loop around the needle, similar to using different sizes of knitting needles.
Nalbinding needles can be long or short, and which one you use is personal preference – whatever length fits most comfortably in your hand.
There is a good selection of different nalbinding needles for sale:
Naalbinding Needles on Etsy
Wooden Nalbinding Needles
Bone Naalbinding Needles
Horn Nalbinding Needles.

Nalbinding Needles
Nalbinding Needles

Nalbinding Kits
Tonttu Nalbinding Hat Kit
The Naalbinding kit includes
Tonttu Hat Pattern
Revontuli Hand Dyed Merino wool yarn
Nalbinding Hat pattern worked in Mammen Stitch

Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit
Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit

Nalbinding Patterns
Instant download PDF patterns can also be found in my Etsy Shop.
Nalbinding Tonttu Hat Pattern.

Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF
Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF

Fish Leather Bags

Fish skins have been tanned and used for clothing, purses, and even armour in many cultures and countries.Fish skin in modern days is mostly considered to be a waste product and is discarded or ground up for fertilizer or animal foods. The fish skin waste can be reclaimed, tanned and made into beautiful and functional items. Fish leather is stronger than a tanned animal hide because the connective tissues are more like a woven material. When properly tanned, fish leather does not smell fishy, but is soft and supple, much like softly tanned suede leather.

I have begun to work with this wonderful material that nature provides, and to combine it with reindeer leather and wool vadmal, to make purses, bags, bracelets and other items. Because both the fish and reindeer leathers quite delicate to work with most items are carefully hand stitched together rather than using a sewing machine. Each piece can take 8 – 20 hours to complete. Each piece is made from a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of fish leather so every item is unique. The colours and textures vary depending on the species of fish and the tanning methods used. I try to source only fish leather that has been ethically sourced and tanned with natural tanning ingredients.
Please visit my Etsy shop to see the latest hand stitched fish leather products.
I am also tanning some of my own fish leather. Please visit Sami Fish Leather for more information.


Hand Stitching Salmon Leather
Hand Stitching Salmon Leather

Salmon Leather Flex Frame Pouch
Salmon Fish Leather Flex Frame Pouch
Salmon / Reindeer Leather Flex Frame Purse
Salmon Skin and Reindeer Leather Flex Frame Purse
Fish Leather Coin Pouches
Fish Leather Coin Pouches
Plaice Fish Leather Coin Purse
Plaice Fish Leather Coin Purse

Saami Reindeer Leather Coffee Bags

Sami Coffee Bag
This style of reindeer leather bag was used by the Sami to carry their coffee. Coffee was an important commodity to the Sami, so they kept it close to them and carried it in a special bag tied to their waist. As the Sami are a nomadic people, when they set up camp in an area, the wood fire was lit, and the coffee pot was set to brew, ready to be shared with everyone once the tents and camp were set up.

The Sami coffee bags are hand stitched using reindeer leather and Vadmal wool fabric. The bags are decorated with traditional Saami band weaving and pewter thread embroidery.
Vadmal is a woven wool cloth that has been felted. Felting the fabric after weaving, thickens the cloth and makes it wind and water resistant as well as warm. Vadmal is generally woven in a tabby or a twill weave on warp weighted or floor looms. In order to felt the fabric, the wet fabric can be pounded in a hammer mill for several hours in order to flatten and thicken the fabric. The hammering process creates a fabric that looks more like “real cloth” and produces a stable fabric with very little nap and the wool keeps its shine.

Saami Reindeer Leather Coffee Bag
Saami Reindeer Leather Coffee Bag

Sami Coffee Bag
Sami Coffee Bag

Sami Coffee Bag
Sami Coffee Bag

Sami Coffee Bag
Sami Coffee Bag

If you would like to purchase a hand stitched Sami reindeer leather coffee bag, please visit my PaivatarYarn shop on Etsy.

Reindeer Leather Purses

I make these reindeer leather pouches and purses using small textile scraps of reindeer leather, because reindeer leather is hard to obtain. The Saami raise reindeer herds mostly for their own use. They use every part of the animal, for food, for clothing, for tools and other items. Only a small portion of reindeer leather is sold to the general public. Nothing is wasted.

Pewter or Tin thread was known as the poor man’s silver. The Saami would melt down pewter or tin plates and spin the metal into a fine thread which they used to make jewellery and decorate their clothing and other items.

The bags and purses are all hand made. The bags are decorated with pewter thread that is hand stitched onto the leather or onto wool vadmal fabric. I use traditional Saami rock are symbols for most of the designs.

Reindeer Leather Pouch - Spiral
Reindeer Leather Pouch – Spiral

Reindeer Leather Coin Pouch
Reindeer Leather Coin Pouch

Saami Reindeer Leather Coin Purse - Saami Sun
Saami Reindeer Leather Coin Purse – Saami Sun

Please visit my PaivatarYarn on Etsy shop to see the latest handmade reindeer leather bags.

Wool Vadmal Ipad Cases and Pouches
These Ipad sleeves and covers are made with Norwegian wool vadmal fabric and trimmed with Saami band weaving. Vadmal is a type of wool cloth that has been woven and then beaten while wet in a hammer mill for about 8 hours. The beating treatment felts the wool and makes it wind and water resistant.
These cases fit an Ipad mini. If you would like to order a different size or colour, please contact me.
Please visit my Etsy shop to view the latest handmade purses, bags, Ipad cases and sleeves.

Saami Style Wool Vadmal Ipad Cases
Saami Style Wool Vadmal Ipad Cases

Wool Vadmal Ipad Sleeves
Wool Vadmal Ipad Sleeves

Or contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Reindeer Leather Keyfobs

Reindeer Leather Key Chains decorated with Pewter Thread embroidery.
I hand stitch these keyfobs using small scraps of reindeer leather because reindeer leather is a precious commodity and hard to obtain. The Saami raise the reindeer herds and use every part of the animals – for their food, clothing, tools and other items. They only sell small amounts of reindeer leather to the general community. Nothing is wasted.

The reindeer leather keyfobs are embellished with pewter thread that has been hand stitched onto wool vadmal fabric. I use symbols and designs that are based on historic Saami rock art drawings and sacred drums. The reverse of the keychain is made of reindeer leather.

Saami Reindeer Leather Keyfobs
Saami Reindeer Leather Keyfobs

Please check my PaivatarYarns shop on Etsy for the latest reindeer leather key fobs.

Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelets

These Sami style bracelets are handmade in the tradition of my ancestors. I use natural reindeer leather and tin thread to make the bracelet to your custom size and colour. The Sami bracelet is attached with a reindeer antler button. The bracelets are made using a simple yet classic design that is suitable for men and women of all ages.

Tin thread was known as the poor man’s silver. The Saami would melt down pewter or tin plates and spin the metal into a fine thread which they used to make jewellery and decorate their clothing and other items.
Please look for my latest design of Sami Reindeer Leather and Pewter Bracelets and Armbands in my Paivatar Yarn Etsy shop.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Skalleband Shoe Bands

Sami Shoe Bands
Shell Bands, Skallebånd, Vuoddagat, Paulanauhat

Sami patterned shoe bands were traditionally woven on a rigid heddle loom. The woven bands were worn wrapped around the ankles and their purpose was to fasten the reindeer leather boots to the feet and to protect the legs against the snow, similar to modern day gaitors.

Sami Shoe Bands
Sami Shoe Bands

These Sami shoe bands have been woven in the classical tradition using high quality worsted wool yarns imported from Sweden and Finland. All the shoe bands are woven with wool, not cotton yarns, as the wool provides insulation against the snow. The woven wool band will felt with use, making it thicker and more durable against the snow. The shoe bands can be hand washed in cool water and hung to dry. Please do not place them in a washing machine or dryer.

The woven section of the shoe band can be 2-3 meters in length, with an additional 2 meters that is braided or twined. The woven section is wrapped around the middle of the calf, down to the ankle. The braided section is used for tying the band to the ankle. The woven end of the shoe band is stitched with a piece of wool vadmal. The braided end is finished with a tassle.

The woven bands are approximately 1.5 inches or 3-4 cm in width.
The Sami shoe bands can be ordered in a choice of lengths. Measure around your foot by wrapping a tape measure around from your ankle to mid calf. The band should be long enough to cover your pant leg to keep the snow out.

The bands can be ordered in a variety of designs. The Sami often wore shoe bands with simple designs for everyday wear, and more intricately patterned shoe bands for special occasions.

Classic Blocks and Stripes

The Classic Blocks and Stripes designs are woven in your choice of traditional Sami colours.
(Red, White, Green, Blue, Yellow, Black)
Width: approx. 3.5 cm

Blue White Red Sami Band
Blue White Red Sami Band
Sami Shoe Band 6 Colours
Sami Shoe Band 6 Colours

Price:
Set of 2 shoe bands
2 meter length Shoe bands – £150.00
3 meter length Shoe bands – £200.00

All items are handmade and woven at the time of your order. A 50% non-refundable deposit (payable by Paypal) is required at the time of the order. This covers the yarn and materials costs, should you change your mind. The balance is due when the item is shipped.
Please allow 6-8 weeks for completion of your custom order.
I have recently had cancer surgery so it is taking me slightly longer to complete orders. Thank you for your understanding.

Sami Style Handbags

These felted handbags and purses are inspired by the traditional Saami designs of my ancestors.

Felted Saami Handbag
Felted Saami Handbag

This handbag has been felted with a blend of snowy white Merino and Blue Leicester wools. The bag has been decorated with a traditional Saami style handwoven braid.
Look for these in my Etsy shop or contact me if you would like to order a bag in a different colour or design.

Felted Saami Sun Shoulder Bag
Felted Saami Sun Shoulder Bag

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Sami Handwoven Bands

These belts, braids and bands are hand woven using traditional Saami patterns. The bands are generally woven using wool yarns imported from Sweden and Finland. The Sami Bands are woven on a Sami style double heddle reed. Sami band weaving is quite time consuming to weave, unlike most other types of braid weaving because each pattern thread is hand picked, but also gives the ability to weave more complex pattern variations.

The woven bands can be custom ordered in a variety of widths and styles with a choice of traditional Sami colours
(Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White)

The Saami belts or bands are available through my PaivatarYarn Etsy shop or you can contact me directly for more information.

Prices are per meter.

How to Weave on a Beaivi Sami Double Heddle Loom

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