There are a times for laughter and times for tears🌸

My daughter picked two colors and in my heart I knew it would be turquoise and some kind of red. 


The traditional colors I have seen are usually red, blue, black and white.  Front shields are usually five lines of beads like above.  The straps are also usually five as well.  


I picked thirteen for lines of beads for the shoulder straps – at her age is when I decided to make my first daughter her parka.  I don’t remember what age I was when I received my parka but I believe it was completed in 1992 – 1994. 


I sit in the corner couch under the light and work.  My daughter says, “your artsy cute corner.”  


Above is the shield that is the center piece front and back.  I am semi satisfied – mostly due to a recent visit to the UAF Museum of the North which will be a later story due to significant discovery.  I am at awe with findings that I want to share with great detail!  


Above is full center piece in one.  I will leave pictures as they are – so you can see them by the entirety. 

Sad tears are falling

Before the snow came falling down my flowers were still blooming.  They are not lilac but it is close enough color to honor my dear sister/cousin Dawn Blythe Egoak.  We love you and will miss you.  🌸 Dawn’s family, relatives and her many friends are hurting – please pray for them.  She was full of love for her children and had memorable stories that’ll remain with us.  Love you Dawn. 


Thinking of beads 🌸

Choices are hard but once a definite choice shows up – it gets easier.  Having natural colors is most common choice; so I picked these colors.  The hard part is which color?

Deciding colors
Oh, it snowing in Fairbanks Alaska.  I didn’t run from the cold- I ran to the beads at “Beads & Things.  ❤️🌸

Quick peek of Shield process

I thought I would give a quick peek of the shields I am working on; it’s still calfskin- since I am past the mark of where I am nearly at – I thought I’d still with what am making.  With the child parka I will make out of caribou and squirrels. 

My glasses on my nose and zooming into vision

I can see clearly now 🎼.  Light and microscope helping with the progress.  

My shield “❤️Jesus first”

The tassels will be half inch wide.  Here is a mess to get them going;

Tassels prep

Now the good news; eldest daughter going to state tennis tournament 😆❤️🌸

🌸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 🌸