Sámi-Inspired Bracelets (Online)



Wednesday, November 30 (10:00 am-Noon and 3:00-4:30 pm CT) and Thursday, December 1 (10:00-11:30 am CT)


Norma Refsal


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 

In this online class, you will learn to make a Sámi-inspired, iconic, three-strand braided bracelet 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 each session will be accompanied by a short video that will help you see the hand-work techniques up close. In between each session you will have time to complete the steps that Norma has discussed and demonstrated before moving on to the next part of the bracelet construction.



A kit of supplies (a $75 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.

Students will need to provide 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
  • 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.


Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and 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 mailing and email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

November 16, 2022

Learn more about instructor Norma Refsal here.

Tuition :
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