My grandmother, Elizabeth Barnaby, taught me to sew. She started me off with chain stitching. I had to help her make myself a pair of mukluks for Christmas so she started me off in October doing chain stitching. I don’t remember the colour, I just remember it was really ugly! When I got older, I sewed for my family because I had to. There were no snowmobile boots or mitts or anything like that when my kids were small. I had to make everything for them to wear outside.
Sewing is everything to me. I do my own drawings and always know what colours I want to use. I usually make five or six petals on flowers, depending on the size of flower – I don’t want it too squishy. I have been beading for many years so I know what works and what doesn’t. I draw really rough and when I bead I straighten it out or change it around. I never really stick to what I drawing but let it evolve as I go along. I know sometimes I am a bit too fussy but that is what makes my artwork unique. I can’t sew like another person and they can’t sew like me. I also have been tanning hides for a little over 40 years. It takes a lot of time to clean a hide but once that’s done I can just dry it and store and tan it whenever I have time.