About Paivi Suomi
I am a hand weaver, spinner and dyer. I use natural materials, wools, cottons, linen and natural plant dyes in my work. I specialise in making traditional Sami crafts, such as band weaving, reindeer leather, pewter thread. I like to work with some of the almost forgotten crafts such as nalbinding, and fish tanning. I provide instruction on a one-to-one basis from my home studio in weaving, hand spinning and dyeing.
Sami band weaving, Tablet weaving, Natural plant dyed yarns, Nalbinding, Fish leather tanning, Reindeer leather, Hand spinning
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Sami Band Woven Belts
I weave belts and sashes in the Saami tradition using a small heddle or reed. Many of the Saami bands are woven with intricate pattern detail where the pattern is hand picked thread by thread. The patterns can vary from 7 pattern threads to over 50 threads.
The Saami woven bands had many uses such as for belts, as shoe bands where the woolen bands are wrapped around the legs similar to gaitors, for trims on their clothing, for harnessing reindeer, for wrapping up baskets or as hairbands.