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StitchHissianAK
« 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!



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MadMadamMar
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011 11:40:45 PM »

Cool!  Or rather - warm!
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011 08:09:50 AM »

that DOES look incredibly cozy!

Did you buy all the hides? Or did you hunt for them?
I'm not huge on fur, but it would be pretty cool to actually use everything from a hunting trip...
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #3 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....


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Jannapy
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011 09:41:57 AM »

Oh I love this!  I can imagine how soft and cozy it must be!
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #5 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/)
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jennique
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2011 11:22:56 AM »

Fabulous! Good on you. Alaska, eh? If you did some hunting you could get your furs for free!
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~~jenny
StitchHissianAK
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2011 03:54:18 PM »

Thanks Jenny,
Shootin' 'em wrecks the pelts....

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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012 05:57:56 PM »

900 views! thanks for the attention y'all

Stitch'
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lady4feet
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012 04:24:09 PM »

It looks so cozy, did you finish the back at all or is it just the plain hyde?
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #10 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.

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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2012 09:09:31 AM »

 Grin 1500 views! Thanks Everyone for the interest.....
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2012 09:33:05 AM »

   I've still not backed this blanket despite it's being in use for a year now. I'm not quite sure how to go about it. I'd love to hear from anyone who's done something like this with advice on how to go about attaching a backing and about what material would be best to use.
Thanks!
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2012 12:35:52 PM »

 Grin Yahoo, 2000 views! Thanks Everybody.
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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2013 10:06:23 PM »

Just a quick update on this project. I gave up on backing it myself. A local furrier is going to do it for me. I'll post pictures when I get it back...


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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2013 07:01:56 PM »

Finished at last. We had the backing put on at The Alaska Fur Gallery...

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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2013 08:22:46 PM »

better pic
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2013 01:40:41 AM »

Awesome!  Loving the coyote fur too.  It's a nice fur to work with too! 
What color did they back it with?  Black like you wanted? 

I'm really bummed that I didn't see your post at first or I could have offered thoughts on backing it yourself.  Smiley

It's gorgeous, and just perfect for winter!  I'm up in Fairbanks, and love fur.  It really helps when it hits -40.  I have a wolf on my couch right now.
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2013 12:27:25 PM »


Hi Lestissa

Awesome!  Loving the coyote fur too.  It's a nice fur to work with too! 
Yes, I enjoyed working with it.
What color did they back it with?  Black like you wanted? 
We went with a rust-brown color, I'll attach a pic.

I'm really bummed that I didn't see your post at first or I could have offered thoughts on backing it yourself.
Thanks, I'm afraid I haven't the skill

It's gorgeous, and just perfect for winter!
We can't wait for the cold!
  I'm up in Fairbanks, and love fur.  It really helps when it hits -40.  I have a wolf on my couch right now.
Nice! photo?

Stitch'


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StitchHissianAK
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2014 08:12:56 PM »

4700 reads! I'm humbled. This summer in AK has been so cool, we're still using this on the weekend mornings into August...

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GinghamPolkadots
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2014 09:39:00 AM »

This is going to be spectacular for the winter!  I would love one here in KS and it's not nearly as cold!
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