Saami Tenntrad

Pewter Thread and Reindeer Leather
Saami tenntrådsbroderi – ancestral crafts in a modern age. Tenntrådsbroderi or Tin Thread embroidery was crafted by the Saami since the 1600’s. The pewter or tin thread was made by melting pewter plates and spinning the tin into yarn. The tin was often drawn or pulled through a diz and spun with the teeth. The tin yarn was then used for embroidery to decorate trims for clothing, make jewellery and other items.

Pewter Thread Spinning
Pewter Thread Spinning

Reindeer leather is a precious commodity. and hard to get. 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.
Reindeer Leather Recycling
Reindeer Leather Recycling

If you would like to order a custom made Sami reindeer leather item, please contact me regarding a bespoke order.
Or please visit my PaivatarYarn shop on Etsy for some of the current samples.

Sami Coffee Bags

Sami Reindeer Leather Coffee Bag
Sami Reindeer Leather Coffee Bag

Reindeer Leather Pewter Keyfobs
Tenntrådsbroderi pewter embroidery and reindeer leather key chains.

Saami Reindeer Leather Keyfobs
Saami Reindeer Leather Keyfobs

Reindeer Leather Purses
Reindeer leather and handmade felt purses decorated with pewter thread embroidery.

Sami Reindeer Leather Medicine Bags

Sami Reindeer Leather and Pewter Bracelets

Sami style Tenntråd braided pewter thread and reindeer leather bracelets and armbands.