2023-03-06 – Intermediate Sámi-Inspired Bracelets (Online)



Monday, March 6 (10:00 am-Noon and 3:00-4:30 pm CT) and Tuesday, March 7 (10:00-11:30 am CT)


Norma Refsal


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Join beloved instructor Norma Refsal for a three-session class and learn to make more complex Sámi-inspred bracelets using traditional materials of reindeer leather, pewter thread, and a reindeer antler button. The pewter is nickel-free and contains 4% silver. The class will consist of three sessions over two days, and you will review bracelet construction and also learn a variety of new braid techniques.

The Sámi are indigenous people inhabiting the region of Sápmi, which encompasses large northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Reindeer herding was the basis of the Sámi economy until very recently, and braided pewter jewelry is a handcraft traditional to the Sámi people.



A kit of supplies ($80 value!) with everything you need to make two bracelets including pewter thread, reindeer leather, reindeer antler buttons, sinew, nylon filament, needles, and more, along with a special treat from Vesterheim is included in the cost of registration.

You will need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Additionally, you will need the following supplies on hand the day of the class:

    • Scissors
    • Clear drying, water-soluble glue (Tacky Glue or Scotch High-Intensity Repair Glue)
    • Flexible tape measure ruler with metric, if possible
    • Small pliers
    • A work surface where you can both cut and glue
    • A metallic magic marker (like a silver Sharpie) that is non-bleeding
    • Non-bleeding ink pen
    • Toothpick
    • Optional supplies:
      • Thimble
      • Thread lubricant like Thread Heaven OR a tube of firm lip balm (doesn't need to be new)

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact folkartschool@vesterheim.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.


This class is designed for students who have already taken Norma's Sámi-Inspired Bracelets class.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

February 20, 2023

Click Here to learn more about instructor Norma Refsal.

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