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Traditional Crafts

Gifts of the Porcupine: A Quillwork Intensive

Course Overview

Using porcupine quills, students will learn to sew them onto home tanned hide. This class is not designed for a finished product. It is about having fun, visiting and exploring the porcupine quill itself. This two-day intensive is designed to honor the porcupine. Porcupine quills have been used by Anishinaabeg and many other Indigenous nations as a traditional material to create. Quill harvest, creating color, and use of leather will be discussed and practiced to give a full, start to finish learning experience. 

We will be sitting down for this activity. We will be doing hand sewing. Hand eye coordination is necessary for threading a needle. Previous sewing experience is great but not necessary. 

Youth ages 16 and up may attend if accompanied by an adult.


Sat, Oct 7th, 2023  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2023

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-4pm each day
Tuition: $230.00
Materials fee: $20.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jean Marshall
Jean Marshall
Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

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Gifts of the Porcupine: A Quillwork Intensive