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Traditional Crafts

Beaded Buckskin Shoulder Bag

Course Overview

Traditional beadwork is widely practiced in Grand Portage, Minnesota, where for generations it has enlivened the lives of Anishinaabe people. Growing up in a family of beadworkers, Marcie learned by watching her mother, and today is a traditional artist specializing in Anishinaabe beadwork. She also operates her own gallery and exhibits her work throughout the country. In this class, students will make a beautiful buckskin shoulder bag from deerskin, wool fabric, and cotton fabric. Students will learn traditional Anishinaabe-style bead embroidery to create designs on wool fabric and beaded edgings on deerskin. This class will also cover leather hand-sewing. Marcie will provide most of the materials needed for creating the bag.

Required Tools

  • Matches
  • Scissors
  • Common pins
  • Pliers

Optional Tools

  • Reading glasses or magnifier
  • Participants who like to take detailed notes may want to bring their own supplies for writing and drawing. Otherwise pens and pencils will be available.  


Thu, Nov 7th, 2024  –  Sun, Nov 10th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $375.00
Materials fee: $120.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Marcie McIntire
Marcie McIntire
Grand Portage, MN

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Beaded Buckskin Shoulder Bag