How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain

Reindeer Leather Key Fob

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

Natural Dyes – Black Bean Dye Recipe

Wool Dyed with Black Beans

I had heard that it was possible to dye yarns using black beans but have never tried it before so last week when I went grocery shopping I looked for some. I purchased a 500 gram bag of Turtle Black Beans from my local Waitrose grocery store. I placed all of the beans into a… Continue reading Natural Dyes – Black Bean Dye Recipe

Sami Reindeer Bracelets

Sami Bracelet

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

Felt Art: Painting with Wool

Kandinsky

Over the past several months I have turned my attention from my loom and spinning wheel to the world of feltmaking. Needle felting, wet felting, making decorations, felting hats, bags and other smaller items. In April I had the opportunity to book a place in our local art gallery for a 2 week spot in… Continue reading Felt Art: Painting with Wool