October 1st, 2019
I have filled my parents in on my inquiry project. My father has sent me a copy of the Métis ancestry document and my mother has sent me a book. “Medicines to Help Us; Traditional Métis Plant Use” by Christi Belcourt. The book describes the medicinal uses for plants, and includes a photo of the authors bead work of each plant.
October 8th, 2019
I have started my first beading project! I decided to do a Saskatoon Berry bush to honour my home town. I have completed my first berry and started on a flower. I went to Beadwork Victoria and enjoyed picking out some colours and supplies. The woman who was working offered my advice and tips on what type of needle I should use and told me to rub some bees wax on the thread to prevent slipping.
A few tangled threads (despite the bee’s wax trick) and snags here and there, the work is slow but satisfying.
October 13th, 2019
I have been continuing to work on the white flower of the Saskatoon Berry and have been less and less happy with how it is turning out…
I watched a YouTube video on Métis Beading. Specifically, on a technique called the two needle flat stitch. I have decided to start over …