🌸Pink for cause #3; We caribou’t you🌸

After working on this side project; trimmed and shaved caribou hide – I am debating to switch from calf skin to the authentic caribou hide for the Qaliq women’s parka.  I really like the natural caribou color with the squirrel!  

I am thinking that it’ll be best to stick with caribou on the parka project!  I am going to do it!!!!

I think trimmed caribou is soft and amazingly workable!!  I have been aiming to get this art piece done before tomorrow but I don’t think I will but some how way or other I will! 

“We caribou’t you!”

“We caribou’t you!” The title of this art piece is to honor all the fighters and those who lost the battle to breast cancer – I know it’s not much but I want to give back to what was gifted to me.  

This will be donated to an event that is here is Fairbanks; BCDC 2017 Gala, Bra-HA-HA FUNraiser at the Westmark Hotel on September 30, 6 pm!  

Yupik traditional women’s parka is made from squirrels and caribou and all other trims by wolf, wolverine, and land otter.  Red simplizes life.  This art piece has many options; wall hanging, part of a purse, or sewn onto a quspeq or sweater or made into a decorative bag.  I have decided to leave it as it is for now – maybe tomorrow I will add an alder stick to help for hanging on the wall.   
I have really enjoyed this side project.  Quyanaqvaa Agayun Jesus!❤️🌸

🌸Pink for a cause #2

I had the most fun adventure with this side project.  Every piece is a process; hunting, gathering, tanning, dyeing with alder, cutting the materials, measuring by sight and fingures, and sewing.  

Caribou & Swan

I started off with trimming the caribou hair with my husband’s hair clippers and with my well used scissors.  

Dyed seal skin

Materials; swan feet leather, caribou hair and trimmed caribou hide, land otter hide, wolf hide, my own experiment dyed seal skin and some collected beads. I didn’t add any pink yet – I thought I would but I want to keep the Yupik traditional colors with this art piece.  

Otter & Wolf

These three pieces are meant to be together as one piece.

Collected Beads

I still have to add squirrels and possibly two strips of trimmed caribou hide and a stick of alder hung by caribou sinew.  I will post the final decorative art piece by tomorrow evening or Friday.  ❤️

Piurci 🌸

Caribou cowhide cotton = squinting

In replace of caribou hide – I am using cowhide for the shield and in replace of caribou hair some use cotton, in a minute you will see what I mean and by the end of this story hope you’re not squinting 😆.

I have been challenged to deal with loose hair that has to be white like cotton!  I disliked (past) dealing with the loose in all directions fur – hair more like a bad hair day with a deadline.

Tried to be creative but dissatisfied
The other day, I seen a row of white folders neatly set with black divider in between each folder and I said out loud,  “I like the set up.”  Eeee I said it out loud.  What?  I realized it have been sewing pieces of black and white.  My first line of sewing was like a nightmare, hair sticking up!  Fluffy!  I thought I should be creative!  I doubted myself and asked my friends online and they all agreed that it wasn’t it.  I am so glad I get feed back!!!

Caribou line sewn, first try
I started all over!  I just got to get through this sloppy stage hand sewing, and My uncle said, ‘sloppy is good.’  My black thread wasn’t cooperating and the caribou hair didn’t care.  I thought of wax, need something sticky or tape or just wrap it and sew it, oh lick it!  I put the caribou hairs in my mouth and smoothed it out – tasted salty and spat out a few strands – it worked!  Just like when your child’s hair on picture day, smooth it out.

Ok, I did my first line like it’s supposed to be done, not exactly!  It was like a bang cut uneven!  My friends said keep trying.  My mom said, you’ll get better and you’ll enjoy it soon.  A friend said, trial and error makes excellent learning.  I have had nothing but positive comments and they all inspire me!  I get frustrated and complain like an out of control bad hair day person!

Don’t give up-keep sewing & find the cotton

When I contemplate while sewing and writing about my experiences – I thank God that he ordered rest!  Resting is important and this summer I had a hard time resting and it is rolling over to fall.  Lately, I sit and sew to rest.

Caribou lines
I want to thank Mr. & Mrs. Hickman  owners of Alaska Precision Taxidermy for donating caribou mane for my project.  I was surprised with the generousity of shareing, as I was looking all over Fairbanks for caribou hair.  Quyana!

Black Fish Tail

Front and back tassels
As soon as I received the caribou hair, I went straight to sewing.  Out of frustration I sewed cotton string on the second try – to my surprise the caribou hair and cotton look so much alike.  I am still working on the lines as you will soon see the process and measurements.  After the squires will be the shield and then the shoulder straps.  I am calling it straps as it rests on the shoulders to the back and front – almost like suspenders.  By the time I am done with this area I should have bifocals to help me see better.

squinting selfie = self portrait
I have enjoyed the process after all 🌸
Check back again for the shields, straps, otter and wolf parts to the Qaliq.  Piurci!