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Anishinaabe-Style Bead Embroidery and Moccasin Sewing Online Course

Course Overview

Discover the designs, color, styles, and technique of traditional bead embroidery as you work with Ojibwe cultural specialist and Grand Portage band member Marcie McIntire, sewing and decorating a pair of moccasins in this course. You will design a pair of moccasins to make to fit your own feet! Using quality tanned deerhide, Marcie will teach the steps required for assembly and help you design a pattern to finish your pair of moccasins with bead embroidery. Your materials fee includes the fabric, interfacing, beads, needles and thread. As time allows, additional beadwork projects will be included.

In this online course, we will meet once per week for five weeks as we progress through the steps of designing, beadwork, sewing, and finishing your mocassins. In addition, the instructor will provide a pre-recorded video for you to watch in advance of the first course session to get you started with designing your beadwork patterns and motifs.


  • Important instructions about connecting with the instructor to provide your foot size and bead color choices will be provided after registration; please take note and respond in a timely fashion.
  • In order for the instructor to have enough time to mail kits to all students before the first class session, the deadline to register for this course is October 1st.

This course offers students the opportunity to work with Marcie McIntire, an Aniishiinaabe beadworker. Marcie was exposed to beadwork from a young age not only from attending powwows, but also by her mother, Ellen Olson, a well-established beadworker. Marcie's grandmother was also a beadworker, and Marcie believes that beading was a family tradition at least back to the 1850's. In 1969, an early point in her artistic career, Marcie took a tour of a Red Lake museum. It was only a 15-minute tour, but the beadwork covering the museum walls made a lasting impression on Marcie. In addition, the beadwork and birch bark work at the Grand Portage National Monument served as an inspiration.


Thu, Oct 15th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 1-4 pm each Thursday for five weeks
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $350.00
Includes materials fee of $100.00
Tuition Note: Materials fee includes shipping within the U.S.

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Each student will be shipped a package of materials prior to the first class date that will include:

  • beads (you'll send the instructor your color choices ahead of time)
  • thread
  • needles
  • tanned deerhide cut to your foot shape (you'll send the instructor your foot size ahead of time)

Please gather at home:

  • sewing (or sharp) scissors
  • paper cutting scissors
  • a cereal box or other paperboard to use for making templates
  • a laptop or tablet with reliable internet connection
  • a space with good lighting to be able to see small beads

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.