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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fur Blanket on: January 18, 2012 12:28:57 PM
Hi Lady4',
    I've not finished the back yet. I'm planning on using a black sheet for the backing, stitching it to 3 sides so that I can still get inside to do maintenance.

    It is very warm & thick. It's surprisingly heavy. We mostly use it on the couch when we're reading or watching TV. It's nice to sleep under but by morning we're pretty hot under it.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fur Blanket on: January 13, 2012 05:57:56 PM
900 views! thanks for the attention y'all

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fur Blanket on: July 28, 2011 03:54:18 PM
Thanks Jenny,
Shootin' 'em wrecks the pelts....

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fur Blanket on: July 18, 2011 02:49:48 PM
 Cheesy Thanks Jan', It feels as good as it looks, it defies description.

Many thanks to my pals at The Alaska Fur Exchange (http://www.alaskafurexchange.com/)
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fur Blanket on: July 17, 2011 10:19:47 AM
Hi J-1982,
    I bought them at a store called 'the alaska fur exchange' here in Anchorage. I'm a shooter but not a hunter. I'm not an animal rights guy by any means but I don't like shooting at live targets. The blanket's made of 10 coyote pelts that were whole and and already tanned. I cut off the heads, tails and legs to leave a rectangle 12" by about 30", using as much of each as possible.
It is very cozy and very warm. My wife and I tried it out and could be under it for only a few minutes (its about 70 deg here in AK summer), but I'm sure it will be nice in our -20 winter....

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fur Blanket on: July 16, 2011 11:37:40 PM
Hi All,
   I just finished this project and I wanted to share it. I've been wanting a real fur blanket since we moved to Alaska in 2008 but the cost is prohibitive. My Wife suggested that I make one and since I retained simple stitching skills from US Navy Basic training I decided to give it a try. The furs cost a total of $1600. (professionally made fur blankets start around $2000 and the nice ones can be much MUCH more)
The construction took from April 2010 until July 2011 but most of that time was waiting to buy the hides. Actual time spent was probably only a few days. It's amateurish for sure but it is very warm and thick and looks awesome!

17  COOKING / Dessert / Re: my firefly dinosaur wash cake on: July 16, 2011 11:36:00 PM
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shiny! on: July 16, 2011 11:34:29 PM
way cool
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Hero of Canton... the man they call Jayne! on: July 16, 2011 11:31:46 PM
we need to go to the crappy town where I'm a hero!
keep flyin'!
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Firefly Tall Card game on: July 16, 2011 11:30:22 PM
 Cheesy love it!
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