This is what we'll be making, a Katarina Braid Bracelet without backing:
All materials you need can be bought from Luletråden.se. They also have kits for you with everything you need to make your first bracelet.
Making the Braid
* 1 strand of 1/4 inch thick leather
* 8 strands of pewter threads
* A small strand of synthetic sinew (split up the full fat strand into 4 or so thinner strands)
* Safety pin
First tie your pewter and leather strands together with the sinew, and attach it all to a safety pin that you pin into a pillow/your jeans or whatever you feel comfortable braiding from. Separate your strands into pairs of two and place two pairs on each side of the leather. Fold the leather strip out of the way in the middle.
Take the right most pair of threads and place it over the other.
Take the left most strand and place it under the other one.
Place the left strand you just moved and cross it over the right strand we moved in step 2. Pull it together tightly. The tighter your braid is, the better and more even it will look (until a point where you start breaking the pewter strands and making stuff all edgy and weird looking of course).
Let down the leather strand and repeat the same process but on top of the leather, see below:
Repeat until you run out of leather or pewter, tie off the end with sinew.
Making the Bracelet
We now have a pretty braid! Measure your wrist and cut the braid to 1/2 inch shorter if you want a tight bracelet, or 1/4-1/2 inch longer if you want it loose, hanging down. This measurement is including the tied off ends and little leftover pieces at the end.
* 2 leather squares, twice the width of your braid and about 3/4 inch long.
* 1 1/16 inch wide and 5 inches long cut leather piece
* Synthetic sinew in suitable color
* All purpose glue
* Leather cutting needle
* Button of your choice, for example a beautiful reindeer antler button
Place one of the lather squares on top of your braid, make sure you place it on the right side of your braid, not the underside. Using one of the sinew threads you used to tie off your braid (or if they're too short attach a new, longer one by tying it over the old knot), thread your needle and with three stitches in the same holes around the leather and the braid on the backside. Make the stitch just slightly smaller then your braid, see below.
Tie it off carefully and tightly with a triple knot. Do this for the other side of the braid too.
Attach your button in the normal way, also with one of the sinew threads to one side. Before you tie it off, stick your needle through between your button and the skin on the topside like the picture shows, spin the thread at least three times to elevate the button from the skin, making it easier to put the bracelet on and off.
End with a loop knot and bring the thread out on the underside.
Tie the thread with the other thread on the backside.
Now we're going to make the little loop for the button. Take your strand of leather, wet it thoroughly with water and ask a friend for help. Spin the thing in different directions.
Fold in half and when you let go of the folded end, it'll snap together nicely.
Tie it into a loop with a piece of sinew.
Tie it to the opposite end of the braid from the button, and make sure you tie it tightly because it'll take some strain.
Dab some glue on the whole thing and sew it closed.
When you come to the end, do a double stitch and stick it all the way through, this way it'll get glued in with everything and there's no risk of it coming undone.
Do the same thing to the button side, and press slightly with your fingers so you don't get a gaping hole at the end but a nice closed end like on the pictures above. And voila! You have a sami bracelet!