Using the traditional Sámi materials of reindeer leather and pewter thread, you will learn the basics of the ancient technique of Sámi embroidery. In this one-day class, you will make either a pendant or a brooch, drawing inspiration from the Norwegian sølje tradition and Sámi embroidery. Please join us for a day of blending traditions! The technique involves very close handwork—bring extra magnification if needed. Also, bring your favorite thimble. There will be a materials fee of $40.
Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the 21st century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.