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 twenty-first 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.