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Topic: Porcupine quill / birch bark basket weaving  (Read 3440 times)
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« on: July 28, 2011 10:21:25 AM »

I really have no idea where this should go... After searching for anything similar, I'm really just not sure, so I'm putting it with weaving.  I'm looking for how to make porcupine quill baskets.  I've stared at the ones my friend's mom has and they really don't look hard, it just looks like something you have to know the how-tos for and then go at it and experiment... except I've looked up making birch bark baskets, which are the inside part that I can't really see since the porcupine quills cover the outside part (and I'm not even sure what they're set into to be honest).  I've looked at a few websites for Native American crafts, and I found stuff on dying quills or weaving giant baskets... but the ones I want to make are pretty small, and when I look at the baskets shown online and the inside of these baskets, it looks like whatever technique is used is either different or it's somehow lined differently.

My friend, her mom, and I are all looking for someone who knows how to make these things.  I guess several years ago an older woman in the Leelenau Penninsula (Michigan) was advertising to teach anybody who wanted to learn, but we can't find any information on her.  For specific sites on porcupine quill baskets, I can only find ones that sell baskets, which is cool and I understand because they sell for an absolute ton, but it also means I'm pretty much at a loss on where to look.  Same with the Odawa culture center up there, they sell them, but don't have anything on how to make them, at least not that we found.  (Correct me if I'm wrong and I will totally go back!)

If anybody knows a site, a person, whatever, you will make my year!  And if I'm posting somewhere completely wrong, I'm really sorry.  Please move this post to the correct forum.


« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011 10:14:28 PM »

Porcupine quill and birch bark basket weaving.

Have you tried search the public library? There are a lot of books about that kind of weaving and if you're lucky you might find one near you to borrow.

We're talking about basket weaving program in our local weaving guild. I'll let you know what I find when I do some searches over the next couple of days.

Have a good day!
Franco Rios

« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011 01:08:52 PM »

I haven't, but my friend who is also looking said she and her mom both had.  I did manage to find information though the other day!!


I was looking at nativetech, because they have a lot of info, but I couldn't find this page for days.  Maybe I'm just a flake.  I had a page from them on how to dye the quills, but I completely missed this page!

http://www.nativetech.org/quill/quillbark/quillbox.html is the page on the actual boxes - I guess they're not woven.  They didn't look woven when I was looking at the ones my friend's mom has.

If you do come across anything in your searches, please, do let me know.  Thank you so much for replying!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2011 08:36:42 PM »

I think I found one on nativetech!

Quill plaiting

And try this index on nativetech

Have a good day!
Franco Rios
« Last Edit: August 05, 2011 08:39:21 PM by francorios » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011 07:13:47 PM »

Thanks.  I got some bark off fallen trees, now I just need quills then I can play! I'm excited.
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