Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Quilled Headstall Strips

I was recently hired to reproduce some artifacts collected by the Catholic priest Father Pierre-Jean De Smet for a museum installation.   These bridle strips are the first of these projects.    The originals were collected by De Smet in 1859, although the makers of them are not identified.  They could be early Plateau or Plains manufacture according to the museum catalog.  

When I get these done I shall give more information about Father De Smet.   

The quills I am using are all natural dyed, including indigo for the blue and cochineal for the darker red.  The hide is a heavy smoked brain tanned elk.

So if I get my quilling "Zen" on, I hope to have these finished by next week.


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