I’ve guided a couple more groups this week while working at Solberget.
We visited Arctic Circle and ate lunch.
Last time I wrote about a leather craft workshop we had had, and I just had to put up some pictures of items people ranging from 7 – 70 years old have made.
I was really impressed!
During the time I was unable to work, I changed my job. I now work part-time in a General Store here in Nattavaara and part-time in Solberget Wilderness Village as a tourist guide.
Working in the General Store and looking after Kelly means that I do not have much spare time to make and do things, and so it is getting increasingly difficult to find things to blog about and so I am now considering the future of this blog.
Fortunately this week I am working as a tourist guide, so will have some things to write about.
Yesterday we took 25 guests out on a days wandering with four of our Reindeer, up to the top of Solberget (Sun Hill). I talked about the wildlife and history of the area and talked about medicinal uses of some of the plants that we found.
Once we reached the top, we made fire and cooked sausages over the fire, before making our way back down again.
Today we ran a leather handicraft workshop, where our guests were able to make a hole range of items from Reindeer leather, including pouches, armbands, knife sheaths and necklaces.
It is a very cold spring we experiencing. Today it has only been 1 degree C, with snow showers. There are not many summer migrant birds that have arrived, though just now we do have a lot of Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in the garden.
I am still not working a currently await a date for an operation on my hernia. While at home I decided to make a new sheath for a knife I made for Emma a while back.
Emma designed the sheath herself and helped make it.
This is something that I have not made myself, but we have as a Christmas decoration where I work…… It’s house made out of Birch bark, with a Horse-hoof fungus as a balcony and cotton wool as snow.
Take broader leaves and fold over the shoulders to form clothing and tie in place around the waist.
Fold the broad base of a leaf over the head to form a hat and tie in place.
Here’s a view from the back
Now the basic doll is complete. Use your imagination to create different types of dolls. Here are some of mine;
Including a Christmas Angel
The leaves of Cattail/Bull Rush/ Reed Mace (typha latifolia) are used to make these dolls.
Unfortunately Reed Mace does not grow up here in Northern Lapland, so I’ve not been able to make them since moving here. In the UK I gathered the plants during August, separated the leaves and laid them out to dry for several days.
Take one or two leaves and roll it up into a ball to form the head.
Take more leaves and fold over the head, ensuring it is completely covered. Remove the outside edge of a leaf and use this is simple cord to tie under the head to hold these leaves in place.
Gather up 2 -3 leaves together and a third of the way along, twist them and continue to twist as if making cordage.
Then do the same from the opposite end to form the arms.
Separate in half the leaves wrapped over the head and insert the arms between them.
Now cross leaves over and under the arms and around the body to help form the dolls shape and secure everything in place.
Fold some leaves over the shoulders and tie these leaves in place both around the breast and at the bottom.
I have not forgotten about the Cattail Doll tutorial, but I thought I would write about a pair of merino wool felt boots I made for Kelly yesterday.
You can read how to make felt shoes in one of my previous tutorials;
The materials required were; merino wool, soap and warm water
I drew around one of Kelly’s feet to obtain a pattern and then added 1cm around the circumference of her foot. In addition to making the two shoes, I also made a strip of felt. I sewed this strip of felt around the shoe opening using a blanket stitch to form a boot.
I am very pleased with the end result and have decided to make a pair for myself also.