No-nylon Plant Dyed Sock Yarns

Naturally Plant Dyed Pure Wool Sock Knitting Kits
Peruvian Highlands Wool Yarns
I am happy to say that I have now sourced 100% pure wool yarns – not superwash, no nylon or other plastics added.
The wool is spun in the Peruvian Highlands from cross-bred Merino/Corriedale sheep. The yarn is a 4 ply Sock/Fingering weight.
I hand dye the yarns in small batches. Each one is unique. There are no repeats on colours.


Please check in my Etsy shop for the latest naturally plant dyed wool Yarns.

BFL Superwash, No Nylon Sock Yarns
No nylon has been added to the wool yarn. Just wool and plant dyes, pure and simply natural.

These are sock wool knitting kits made with locally sourced British 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool. The wool has been spun with a high twist making it ideal for knitting strong socks that should last for some time.
The wool is superwash, so that if you happen to toss them into the washing machine they should be ok.
However, it is best to hand wash plant dyed wool socks in order to help maintain the naturally dyed colours.

Please check my Paivatar Yarn Etsy Shop for the latest sock knitting kits.

About Superwash Wools
Superwash is a treatment applied to wool fibres which makes more resistant to shrinking. In the 80’s superwash treatment got a bad rap because in some countries the effluent was not recycled. This has however has changed dramatically as the EU enforced very strict laws and any by-products must be removed from the water before it is discharged into the water systems. This now means that the water discharged actually is better than the drinking water you get from the tap. Not all countries have the same regulations and we only use superwash wool which is from highly regulated treatment plants in the UK and Europe (which also have very strict standards). We are very particular about where our wool is superwash treated. Jeni has personally been to visit our Superwash treatment plant in the UK and this was a really interesting visit, the owner has PhD in this area and employs the most up-to-date superwash techniques and is always trailing new ideas.

So… what does the process involve? Firstly the wool is treated in chlorine in the water to dull the tips of the scales of the wool, this reduces the ability of the scales to stick to each-other and therefore reduces felting. Secondly a super thin coating of resin is applied to the fibres permanently bonding to the wool, this smooths the scales, improving the handle and also prevents felting.

I will also be sourcing pure wool yarns that have not been Superwash treated. Please check back soon.

Reindeer Leather Clutch Bags

These are hand made reindeer leather clutch purses. The reindeer leather pouch has been made using reindeer leather scraps in various colours. The purse is lined with natural linen fabric and has a zipper enclosure. The clutch bag has a tablet woven wristlet strap.

Size:
Width: approx 18 cm (7 inches)
Height: 12 cm (4.5 inches)

Reindeer leather is a precious commodity that is difficult to source. Most of the reindeer hides are used by the Saami people for their own clothing and personal use. I am only able to purchase the reindeer leather in small quantities that are sold as scrap leather. I stitch the small pieces together in order to make purses, pouches, reindeer bracelets and other items. Nothing is wasted. Each purse is unique and a combination of different coloured leathers depending on what I have on hand.
If you would like to order a custom made purse in a different size or colours, please ask. Custom orders take approximately 3-4 weeks to complete. I ask for a 50% Non-refundable deposit on all Custom orders. This pays for the material costs, should you change your mind.

Paivatar Yarn on Etsy
Look for some of my handstitched leather bags on Etsy.

Red / Tan Sami Reindeer Leather Clutch Purse

Purple / Tan Sami Reindeer Leather Clutch Purse

Blue Sami Reindeer Leather Clutch Purse

Rainbow Sami Reindeer Leather Clutch Purse

Rainbow / Black Sami Reindeer Leather Clutch Purse

Naalbinding Supplies

Nalbinding yarns, needles, patterns and kits can now be purchased directly through my Web Shop or visit PaivatarYarn on 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.

Naalbinding Needles
Naalbinding Needles

Short Bone Naalbinding Needles
Each bone needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The bone naalbinding needle measures approx. 6 cm in length, is a bit narrower than some of the other nalbinding needles and has a smaller eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with thinner and lighter weight yarns such as 4 ply and sock wool. If using a thicker yarn such as a DK weight, the eye of the needle will fit about 2 strands of yarn.
The bone needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.

Long Bone Naalbinding Needles
Each bone needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The bone naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length, is a bit narrower than some of the other nalbinding needles and has a smaller eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with thinner and lighter weight yarns such as 4 ply and sock wool. If using a thicker yarn such as a DK weight, the eye of the needle will fit about 2 strands of yarn.
The bone needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.

Carved Bone Naalbinding Needle
This carved naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Wooden Nalbinding Needles
Each wooden needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye. The wooden needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Horn Nalbinding Needles
The black horn naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye. The horn needle is very smooth and comfortable to work with.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Naalbinding Neede Cases
This is a hand carved naalbinding needle case. The bone needle holder is a hollow tube with a brass ring that can be tied to a belt or a cian.
Traditionally the ends of these cases were stuffed with a bit of wool to hold the needles in place. A bit of wool is included with the nalbinding needle holder.
The needle case measures approx. 8 cm (3 inches) and will fit the Small size Bone Nalbinding needles.
Of course, the needle cases are lovely for storing other types of sewing, or embroidery needles too.

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

Revontuli Hand Dyed Yarns

Revontuli (Northern Lights) Hand Dyed Yarns
These yarns are hand dyed using eco-friendly acid based dyes.
The Revontuli yarns are dyed in variegated colours that reflect the many shades of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.
Household vinegar is used to set the dye colour. No dye is wasted or discarded into the environment, as I recycle the dyebath until all colour has been exhausted and all that is left is clear water.
The Revontuli yarns are available a selection of yarn weights:
4 Ply Fingering
Sport
DK Double Knitting
Aran
Single or Plied

Each skein is individually hand dyed. The colours are unique and not repeatable. Please visit my PaivatarYarn Shop on Etsy to see the latest selection.

Naalbinding Kits
Tonttu Nalbinding Hat Kit
The naalbinding kit includes Revontuli Hand dyed yarn, a naalbinding needle and pattern. The naalbinding hat is worked in Mammen Stitch. This kit is available for purchase in my Etsy shop: Paivataryarn.etsy.com

Naalbinding Hat Kit
Naalbinding Hat Kit

Saami Band Weaving Supplies

Paivatar Yarn on Etsy
You may now purchase the Beaivi style of double hole rigid heddles and other band weaving supplies through my PaivatarYarn Etsy shop.
The Beaivi heddles were designed for me by Stoorstalka, based on a museum photo that I found online.

Saami 2 Hole Rigid Heddle
Saami 2 Hole Rigid Heddle

Beaivi 2 Hole Band Weaving Heddle

Beaivi 2 Hole Sami Heddle
Beaivi 2 Hole Sami Heddle

Inkle/Band Weaving Shuttles

Pine Wood Weaving Shuttle
Pine Wood Weaving Shuttle

Band Weaving Yarns
I have had a bit of a difficult time trying to source yarns that are suitable for Sami style band weaving. So I decided to dye some of my own. The yarn is sourced locally in the UK and is spun from British Blue Faced Leicester wool which has a long staple and a natural sheen to the yarn.

Hand Dyed Saami Band Weaving Yarn

Hand Dyed Sami Band Weaving Yarn
Hand Dyed Sami Band Weaving Yarn

Traditionally, the background weave on Sami style belts and bands was a natural cotton or wool yarn.
Natural Cotton Band Weaving Yarn

4 Ply Natural Cotton Yarn
4 Ply Natural Cotton Yarn

Natural Wool Band Weaving Yarn

4 Ply Natural Wool Yarn
4 Ply Natural Wool Yarn

Life with Cancer

It is difficult to write this but I feel that I must share my experiences as part of my healing process. In early July, I found a lump and went to visit my doctor. A mammogram, ultrasound and a core needle biopsy revealed that this was Stage 3 breast cancer. 6 Days later I found myself in hospital undergoing a radical mastectomy. 9 Lymph nodes were also removed during the procedure.
The lab results showed that this was not a standard type of breast cancer but an extremely rare form, called Metaplastic Breast Cancer. Which is not actually a breast cancer, but a type of Skin cancer that happened to grow within my breast. My doctor informed me that there are no known successful treatments for this type of cancer, therefore he does not recommend further chemo treatments. The chemo could possibly do more harm than good. I will also be meeting with my oncologist in a few weeks to discuss more details of this type of cancer and treatment options.
If there are no successful treatments that modern medicine can provide, my best and only alternative is to look into holistic types of healing, using natural and organic foods, exercise, meditation and faith.
Due to the surgery, I have limited use of my right arm, so am unable to do any craft or textile work until my arm strengthens and heals.
I have had to cancel and postpone any workshops that I had scheduled. If you have booked a workshop with me, I will keep you updated on my progress.
I will continue to post updates to my story from time to time on my All Fiber Arts website.

Paivi

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
Salmon Fish Leather Card Wallet
Salmon Fish Leather Card Wallet

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.


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

Reindeer Leather Clutch Bags
These clutch purses are made using reindeer leather scraps. Each one is different, depending on what I have in stock.
The clutch bags are lined with natural linen fabric, have a handwoven wrist strap and have a zipper closure.
Please check my Web Shop to see the current stock or contact me if you would like to make a custom order.

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.