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Moccasin-Making & Bead Embroidery in the Aniishiinaabe Style

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 co-sponsored by the Grand Portage National Monument. The course begins with an overview of the Grand Portage National Monument’s historic collection of footwear and bead embroidery. You then design a pair of moccasins to make, choosing from either a baby or child’s moccasin pattern or an adult-sized pair.  Using quality tanned hide, 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.  The class will take place in the cultural heritage classroom at the Grand Portage National Monument Visitor Center in Grand Portage, Minn. (35 miles northeast of Grand Marais). 

Course Details

Length: 4 days