I am so excited to share my newest design with all of you! Woven leather moccasins with abalone shells!
I was looking for a way to incorporate more West Coast design into my moccasins. After doing some research I discovered that my people did not wear moccasins because it is too damp on the West Coast and the hides would rot, so people mainly went bare foot. But, weaving cedar bark was common, not just for baskets, but for hats and clothing as well, so I decided to take that idea and translate it into moccasin designs. Weaving the leather and adding abalone for a very West Coast flare.
I was floored when I heard about it, and actually didn't share this information with anyone, because apart of me didn't believe it would actually happen, but it did!!
So finding out my moccasins would be on The Shopping Channel was exciting enough, but then to tune in and see that Canadian fashion icon and host of Fashion Television (which I watched avidly growing up) Jeanne Beker was the host!!! That just blew my mind! I was in tears!
Here is Waneek saying some very lovely things about my moccasins.
Here they are! On live TV!!!
This is me watching my mocc's on TV with tears running down my face, which is why I refused to look at the camera.
Life continues to amaze and bless me with so many wonderful gifts! I am looking forward to the next big, beautiful and wonderful thing to happen :)
I received a custom order last month for a Saami style moccasin. I was fairly nervous as I have never made this style and was a bit intimidated. I spent A LOT of time in my head planning it out before I actually cut the pieces.
I'm the type of person who likes to think things through for a long time and then just jumps in. No practice pieces.
In the end, I think they turned out all right. I'm fairly happy with them.
This year is off to a busy start! Many pairs of moccasins, both adult and baby, have been made. I also learned how to bead moccasins, and both pairs of moccasins that I sent to Manitobah Mukluks sold! Each pair sold within a day apart, so now it is time to send more:)