Taught by Debra Carus from Elentari Handverk

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Sami Inspired Beaded Necklace

April 9, 2022, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Nordia House




Learn a special braiding pattern to create a Sami inspired necklace in this class. We will use the traditional coiled pewter/silver wire to complete a braid pattern, adorned with colorful beads and a clasp. Unlike the Sami inspired bracelets, we will not sew this completed braid to the reindeer leather, but instead it will stand alone. No experience necessary and all materials are provided.


Sami Inspired Bracelet

August 13, 2022, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Nordia House




Learn the ancient techniques invented by the Sami people to create your own reindeer leather and coiled wire embroidered bracelet. Essential skills learned to include basic braiding, hand sewing with simple stitches. No experience is necessary, all tools and materials will be provided in class.


Advanced Sami Inspired Bracelet

December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Nordia House




Build on the essential techniques of this Sami invented handcraft and make either a 4, 5, or 8 strand braid, incorporating silver beads or leather strips in contrasting colors. Then, stitch the braids to reindeer leather and finish your bracelet with a reindeer antler button. Participants should have basic braiding skills.


Meet your instructor, Debra Carus

Local artist and goldsmith Debra Carus creates fine jewelry with gold, silver, precious gems and glass enamels. Drawing heavily upon her Norwegian heritage, she uses traditional jewelry methods like filigree (used in the Norwegian bunad jewelry called solje) in modern, updated pieces. She also favors Scandinavian motifs and mythology, incorporating stories and runelore into her custom work. Debra also uses Scandinavian gems and minerals, and loves to highlight her work with luminous transparent glass enamels reminiscent of Norwegian artists of the late 19th century.  Debra is a passionate teacher, sharing her methods with beginners to advanced professionals in her classes all over the Pacific Northwest.

Refunds: All ticket sales are final.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

Our thoughts go out to those who have been personally affected by the pandemic. Nordic Northwest is concerned and cares about the health and well-being of each guest at Nordia House and we are taking all the precautions we can during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We cannot eliminate all risk, but we are following Oregon mandates and guidelines.  Here is what we are doing to make your visit enjoyable and as safe as possible and how you contribute to your own safety and the safety of others.

  • Face coverings are required when indoor & when physical distancing is not possible outdoor - except for when guests are actively eating or drinking and unless the individual is: under 5 years of age; has a medical condition that makes it hard to breath or has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering. If you do not have a face covering on, you will be asked to kindly leave.  

  • At Nordic Northwest events we will physically distant seating.  Each workshop participant will have their individual work table.

  • At most Nordic Northwest events and whenever possible we will offer guests the option to join in person or through live streaming, giving guests the choice to participate in Nordic educational and cultural programming in the format you feel the safest.

  • When visiting Nordia House maintain social distancing in lobby areas and when visiting the Exhibit.

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting.  Hand sanitizer is available at our events and at Nordia House entrances/exits.

  • Stay at home if you’re feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick.  Follow Oregon quarantine mandates if you have a confirmed COVID-19 case or you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • Follow local and national health guidance.


Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.