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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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If you can't do it with duck tape...it can't be done!

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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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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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