My grandma taught me how to sew when I was a young girl – close to 40 years ago. I’ve been sewing ever since. I grew up in Tulita and Norman Wells and in 1963, my parents moved to Deline. In 1969, I got married and started sewing clothing for my own family. I enjoyed that very much.
I can make anything really, but mostly focus on canvass mukluks, duffles and mitts. I don’t draw my own patterns but enjoy mixing up my beads to make patterns colourful and pretty. My son is a really good artist and I like using his designs to sew with.
I usually use rabbit, muskrat and beaver fur. For me it is important they are soft and easy to sew with as I’m getting bad arthritis in my fingers. I can’t sew for a long period of time anymore! But if I put my sewing down for a couple hours, then I can pick it up again and keep going, so that still makes me happy.