Sami Craft Supplies

A selection of Saami reindeer leather kits and craft supplies are now available for purchase.

Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Kits

Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Kit
Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelet Kit

These Kits include:
Reindeer leather strip
Pewter thread
Reindeer Antler button
Linen thread
Nylon thread
Leather Glovers needle
Sharp needle

Pewter Thread

Pewter thread is traditionally used for embroidery and embellishments on Sami style clothing.
The pewter thread is 96% tin and 4% silver. Nickel free.

For more information about how pewter or tin thread was made by the Saami please visit All Fiber Arts – The Saami Art of Tin Thread Spinning.
The sizing of pewter thread refers to the diameter of the thread before it is spun.

Thread Before SpinningSpun Thread Size
.25 mm
.70 mm
.30 mm.80 mm
.35 mm.90 mm
.40 mm1.05 mm
.45 mm1.15 mm

Tin or Pewter thread is available in various widths and lengths:
.25 mm, .30 mm, .35 mm, .40 mm
Price per Meter £6.00

Vadmal (Wadmal)
Vadmal is a felted woolen cloth that has been beaten in cold water to make it smooth and water resistant. It is lovely for use in Saami style clothing, embroidery and for Viking style textiles.

Vadmal Felted Wool
Vadmal Felted Wool

VADMAL (Wadmal) is a type of woven and felted wool that has been made in Scandinavian countries for many years. The wool cloth is woven on a floor loom and then beaten in a hammer mill until the wool felts to a smooth surface. The Vadmal felting process creates a wool cloth that is water and wind resistant.
Along with reindeer skins, Vadmal cloth is used by the Sami for much of their clothing and crafts. Wadmal is also used for reenactment clothing.
The Vadmal Wool fabric is made with natural wool colours and may show some small darker spots in the fabric. This is not dirt but is small flecks of naturally coloured sheep wool (greys and browns) The surface of Vadmal wool is smooth and makes a wonderful fabric for hand stitching and embroidery.

For more information about Vadmal wool cloth, please visit my Blog at All Fiber Arts.
Please contact me if you are looking for Sami craft supplies that you don’t see listed. I have a small studio so space is limited and I don’t keep everything in stock but can order it in.

 

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

Reindeer leather and fish leather keyfobs will be available for purchase through my Web Shop soon.
Or Please check my PaivatarYarns shop on Etsy for some of the latest reindeer leather key fobs.

 

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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