Why Do I Spin Wool

Me and My Loom

“Because we are always only a week away from the tent.” I came across this article today as I was looking through one of my handspinning books. It was written by my dear friend, Judith MacKenzie – where she wrote about something I had said a long time ago to her, when she asked me… Continue reading Why Do I Spin Wool

Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Sigga Heddle

Sami band weaving has traditionally been woven using a small reed made of wood or bone. The heddle has long slots alternating with small holes for the warp. The band is woven by raising or lowering the heddle and passing the weft through the warp opening.Stoorstalka from Sweden have redesigned the traditional Saami weaving reed… Continue reading Sigga Heddle Band Weaving

Fish Tanning

Tanned Salmon Leather

I have been working with reindeer leather for the past year or so, hand stitching and making small bags, purses and pouches. My interest in reindeer leather began when I decided I wanted to weave and work with materials from my Saami heritage.

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

What is Sami Duodji

Sigga Heddle

Sami Duodji is all traditional handicraft that is made by the Saami people. The crafts are both artistic and have a functional purpose such as tools, clothing, knives, cups, bags, hats, belts, laces. These items have been made by hand for many centuries and were used in everyday Sami life. Recently there has been a… Continue reading What is Sami Duodji