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Debbie McNeely

Fort Good Hope
(867) 598-2938
Box 160
Fort Good Hope, NT X0E 0H0

Artist Story

I love getting up early, sitting there having coffee and sewing when it is quiet. I feel really good to be by myself, thinking about next thing I am going to make.

When I was younger, I was in the bush all the time. I love being with family. I started beading by helping my mom, Marie Tobac, bead for my older brothers. She showed me a lot. I made jackets, slippers and fancy mitts for them. Now sewing lets me be with my kids and grandchildren.

I also learned a lot from other ladies in the community, too. We all sew here so everyone gets together and learn from each other. I like doing smaller projects.I choose my beading colours carefully and it takes a long time. I keep looking at the beads and if I don’t like it, I will take it out and do it again until I get it right. I like to use the smaller, delica beads.

I’m an instructor for Aurora College and have been teaching in a sewing circle there for about two years now. There are classes for anyone who wants to come. A lot young girls are starting to come out and sew. I think the next generation will be good if they keep trying. A lot of older people who never did this will also come out and learn.  A sewing circle is important because it helps people learn from each other. Everybody learns new things with each other so that is good.


Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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