Em Quesnelle

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Oh, and if you do consider going that route:
-you'll probably want to stipulate what the raw alpaca fleece is, or is not, to be washed with.
-you may want to buy the sinew yourself and provide it to your chosen craftsperson, as is not unheard of for people to use dental ribbon floss as a sinew...'substitute'.
For winter footwear, I second the recommendation for brain tanned moccasins. Specifically, sinew stitched. Add a crepe rubber sole and a felted alpaca liner and you've got something very warm, durable, incredibly comfortable and mighty Husp-y, I'd say.

Mine are in the Kainai tradition, leather and pattern-wise anyway. (We also do a urine-cure on the leather, which I don't always mention conversationally when people comment on the colour of Blackfoot natural white hides - but this is Permies, so there you have it. Pee.)

The crepe rubber could definitely be argued against in term of sustainability/regionality these days, considering how far it would have to travel now but, I inherited a couple of very old sheets of it. Last winter was my first experiment with felted alpaca fibre, and while certainly not "traditional", definitely 'toasty'. I tried alpaca because wool of all persuasions -even merino- makes me squirm in an itchily intolerable way. For whatever reason, alpaca does not. A fibre artist friend suggested it could have to do with a lack of lanolin. (In the alpaca. Not me.)

Two caveats with this footwear; sneakiness and grippiness. Factors: high.

They are so quiet outdoors, it is easy to terrify.
They are so adherent indoors, it is easy to stick.

...And squeak, squalch, and peel away with other gummy-type sounds. That mostly seems to happen with commercial flooring though so, while embarrassing for me at the flea market, not likely problematic for you on the range.

A local fibre arts guild could help track down someone to create felt from regional animals. Of the different tribes down your way you'd likely be able to find someone who crafts moccasins in one 'old' way or another.
Thank you for the warm welcome, both. I'm definitely looking forward to learning from and sharing with you all.

Work takes me into the Lloyd area a couple of times a year. Maybe I can take you up on the offer of that visit one of these times!
6 years ago
Incredibly excited to have started the process to register for the Bozeman event. Just waiting to hear how to proceed with payment drawn from a Canadian account, and a few other little questions about facility, food, etc.

What I noticed when I double-checked the registration page this morning (like a former teenager nervously waiting for a phone call...check the line...is it working?) is that it appears more spaces have been added to the Bozeman Workshop.

People, can we get a WOO?
Then, can we get a HOO?!

Nice work!

If there are any other Albertans or folks along I85 who are interested in maybe pooling down, message here and I'd love to see if we can work something out. My brother; he loves a valid reason to bust out the bus.

To all of you who have lost blood, sweat, maybe tears, and likely humanure to making this event possible...I extend my most sincere thanks.

-Em
6 years ago
Excellent. Now that I've overcome that whit of technical difficulty, I'll mention a bit more.

I come to sustainability like most of us did. Circuitously. (Which is so perfectly fitting, is it not?)

My brother and I have decided to take...stewardship...of a portion of family land. The nature of this particular parcel has an ethno-political story all its own; another thread in another time, perhaps.

A third of the land is the stuff rural naturalists' dreams are made of. (At least mine are.) Coulee topography. A creek. Springs and wells. Indigenous prairie flora and fauna.

Two thirds, alas; the stuff of atavistic regret, or retrograde shame...or, as it turns out, hope. Hope that fifty years worth of continuous unchecked agronomic extortion can be brought to bear natural life. More that life.

I'm on a bounty-making mission. No acre left behind.
6 years ago
I tried posting the other evening but it was a no-go. I'm working from a mobile device so, mayhap I've got a bit of incompatibility...here goes:

Hello from deep south western Alberta!

I've been wallflowering around the site for a little while now. I'd like to say, thank you very much! Thank you host, stewards, regular contributors and community members all, for this beautiful bounty of information on bounty beautiful.

My Regards,
-Em
6 years ago