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Offline aktundra

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DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:28:54 am »
I'm fairly new to Wintertrekking.com. I joined in 2013 and have used this site as an excellent resource...  I don't post much, but this forum seems dead. I enjoy fur sewing projects. I started a blog about 6 years ago, but really never kept it up. I should do a better job, as I still sew at least a couple of pairs of mittens, hats, and ruffs every year. I've also tried mukluks, slippers, and my favorite wool/fleece bandana.

https://akcub.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/diy-alaska-fur-beaver-mittens/

https://akcub.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/diy-alaska-fur-trapper-hat/

Here are some of my projects from over the years:

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I've done leather outers, fur outers, and wool outers. I really love the pendelton wool. They are fun colors, feel good, and are soft. The kids love them too.
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Here's my hat on top of my DIY packraft project... sometimes too many projects. But it keeps it interesting when you wait for the rivers to freeze to go play.
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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 12:43:52 pm »
beautiful work! they look very warm.
thanks for sharing.

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 06:04:19 pm »
Nice!  love the colors.  Great job!  taking orders? :)

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 06:43:20 pm »
Coldfeet - I take lots of orders! Just not paid orders  ;D

I have a lot to perfect before I'm taking orders! I enjoy making fur products, and just starting thinking I better get busy for Christmas presents.

I use patterns from Edna's Skin Sewing book and the UAF CES http://cespubs.uaf.edu/publications/?cat=&s=clothing   I've adapted these over the years to what I like and fits best. Mittens are probably the hardest to get "right" with the thumb.

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2018, 06:48:29 pm »
Some very nice looking stuff, and I really like this Pendleton hats.  I looked over your blog quite thoroughly.  I sewed up my own ruff a couple years ago, then just this year did some beaver mittens and really liked doing both. I'm very tempted to get another beaver and do a hat.  Your projects are getting me motivated to try.

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2018, 07:02:42 pm »
Thanks Jawax!

I love this website and am always looking for projects and motivation. The blog needs some updating and I could certainly make it better. When I started sewing, I only had Edna's book and lots of friends with nice fur hats and mittens. I  wanted to make an online reference so people could see how easy it is.

I'm always asked on the blog for pictures wearing. Here's 3 of the hats I made for Christmas last year. With 6 nieces and nephews I'm a busy auntie. I want the kids to stay warm though and don't think there's any product out there better than fur!

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2018, 09:41:39 pm »
I have Edna's book too.  For what it's worth, I found her section on trapper hats a bit confusing, but was able to figure out how the pieces went together better from photos on your blog. 

Keep posting photos of both work in progress and finished work. This forum isn't dead; it's just been a little slow lately. 

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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2018, 07:54:30 am »
Great looking work
I enjoyed your photos, thanks for sharing.
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Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2018, 08:10:14 pm »
Hi Jawax, I too take orders and pay the bill!   

Love your work, I'm sure those keepsakes will be in the family for a very long time.

I can imagine the kids talking about their gear during show and tell in school.