Leather crafts

I’ve guided a couple more groups this week while working at Solberget.

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We visited Arctic Circle and ate lunch.

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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.

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I was really impressed!

Back working at Solberget again

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.

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Once we reached the top, we made fire and cooked sausages over the fire, before making our way back down again.

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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.

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A new sheath for Emma’s knife

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.

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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.

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Emma designed the sheath herself and helped make it.

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Cattail Dolls-2

Take broader leaves and fold over the shoulders to form clothing and tie in place around the waist.

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Fold the broad base of a leaf over the head to form a hat and tie in place.

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Here’s a view from the back

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Now the basic doll is complete.  Use your imagination to create different types of dolls.  Here are some of mine;

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Including a Christmas Angel

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The leaves of Cattail/Bull Rush/ Reed Mace (typha latifolia) are used to make these dolls.

Cattail doll with broom-2 (Small)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.

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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.

cattail dollGather up 2 -3 leaves together and a third of the way along, twist them and continue to twist as if making cordage.

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Then do the same from the opposite end to form the arms.

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Separate in half the leaves wrapped over the head and insert the arms between them.

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Now cross leaves over and under the arms and around the body to help form the dolls shape and secure everything in place.

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Fold some leaves over the shoulders and tie these leaves in place both around the breast and at the bottom.

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A pair of merino wool felt boots for Kelly

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;

http://naturallore.wordpress.com/2009/01/06/felt-shoes/

The materials required were; merino wool, soap and warm water

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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.

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I am very pleased with the end result and have decided to make a pair for myself also.

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