I order some 1/2 inch tin cones from Crazy Crow, – they come in, and are the wrong size – mislabeled. It’s June, and Rex Reddick, my buddy and owner of Crazy Crow is coming to New York to sing at a dance in 4 days, so I call them – he brings the right cones to Red Hook, NY. and we swap. Much cheaper than doing all the mail routine.
Next, I have started looking at the strips around the loomed piece and figure out that they are done by bias weave, sometimes also called side stitch, so I start in on the widest piece, get it done eventually, and then do the other two pieces. Other craftwork projects get in the way, by now it’s summer and time for powwows and National OA stuff, but I get the loomed piece done for the third time – and get it right, so I get it mounted on the leather.
When I go to mount the bias weave pieces, I discover that they have to be started and finished – on the work/project itself, so I proceed to do that.
Wrapping Things Up . . . Six Months Later!
With everything else going on, I get them done about 3 weeks later, line the bag with some old time cloth, add the tin cones along with some red deer tail hair, and today – Labor Day, 6 months after I started this project, I have a finished Iroquois Glass Wampum Bandolier Bag of which I’m very proud.
My Iroquois headress – a Gustoweh, is finished, and I have been acquiring small silver work to add to my assumsion sash. Next will come a shirt, apron and leggings, and I will be getting close to having Iroquois clothes. I have learned a lot in the process, and am still learning. We never quit learning new things. Hope you enjoy my story.
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