I make vests, mukluk, mitts as well as slippers, and I love to decorate every item I make with beadwork! My mother and my sister taught me how to bead when I was about 15 years old. I learned how to make slippers first, and I continued to practice from there. I started by making slippers for my own family, and eventually for my kids as well. Everyone in my family has received their own handmade slippers and mitts from me and that makes me really happy!
I have been making my artwork since I was a teenager, and at the beginning, it was really hard to learn. I can’t remember how many times I took some of my first projects apart just to redo them the right way.
I draw my own designs. I also make my own patterns, which I cut myself. I particularly like to draw flowers because I find them so beautiful. Red, blue and pink are some of my favorite colors to work with. I will use either shiny or mat beads, depending on the design I am working on.
Sewing makes me feel good and it keeps my hands busy. I love to work on productive projects, and I also really like to see how they turn out when they’re done.