The Basket Tree – Making Ash Baskets

Basket Large Split Ash

The Basket Tree

One of the oldest crafts in Native American culture is basket making. The tribes in the northeast make baskets out of many materials including birch bark, split wood of ash trees and sweet grass, the strongest being those made from the wood of brown or black ash trees, known as basket trees.

These slow growing trees are found along streams and in bogs and swaps only in the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. The wet landscapes they grow in produce more flexible strands good for weaving.

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Pine Needle Basket Kit

Pine Needle Basket Kit
Pine Needle Basket Kit

This Basket Kit allows you to make a fragrant pine needle basket. Each kit contains materials needed to make a 4″ – 6″ Pine Needle Basket. Additionally, the instruction booklet describes eight basketry stitches for you to try. So, follow the directions to learn how to coil and stitch the Long Leaf Pine Needles.  Then create a Pine Needle Basket of your own design!

Native Americans from Southeast Coast of North America traditionally made Pine Needle Baskets.  Native Americans from other parts of North American make coiled baskets with other materials.  They used baskets as storage containers for foodstuffs and supplies. In more recent times, they made baskets to sell.

The Kit includes:

  • Long Leaf Pine Needles
  • Natural Raffia
  • Coiling Gauge
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Fully Illustrated Instruction Booklet

You will also need: water, a pot to boil or soak needles, a towel, a ruler, and a pair of scissors.

We recommend this kit for ages 12 +.  Adult assistance may be needed to help children with this kit.

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Basket Round Ash with Red

Basket Round Ash with Red
Basket Round Ash with Red

This antique Round Ash Basket with Red splints will make a nice addition to your collection. The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket.  You can still see the color on the exterior of the basket. The square bottom is stamped E.A.L.H and measures approx. 5″ x 5″.

This Basket measures 4.5″ tall.  The top opening measures 9″ in diameter.

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Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands
Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands

By Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh & William A. Turnbaugh. 176 pgs. Hardcover.

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands is a profusely illustrated review of Northeastern ash & sweetgrass baskets. This volume considers manufacture, decorations, and types of baskets from carrying baskets to vases to cradles.

Indian Basketry of the Northeastern Woodlands is essential for the collector and informational and entertaining for the history or basket enthusiast. This book includes a list of American museums that have collections of Northeastern baskets.

Color photographs.

ISBN 9780764347290

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Basket Ash Multicolor Round

Basket Ash Multicolor Round
Basket Ash Multicolor Round

Give this Multicolor Round Ash Basket a special place in your collection!  The basketmaker used Ash splints in Red, Yellow, Green and Blue for the colorful design.  He or she covered the outside of the Basket with curls.  For the lid, the basketmaker wove Sweetgrass strands among narrow Ash Splints.  A small loop of wrapped Ash Splints make a handle for the lid.

The colors have faded on the outside of this Basket, but you can still see the brilliant colors on the bottom and the inside.  Other than the faded colors, this Basket is in very good condition with minimal splint breakage. It measures about 3″ tall x 4″ in diameter.

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Basket Round Ash with Handles

Basket round Ash with handless
Basket Round Ash with Handles

This Basket Round Ash with Handles features red, blue and green splints.  The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket.  You can still see the color on the interior and bottom of the basket in a beautiful colorful design.

This Basket measures 8.5″ tall.  The top opening measures 12″ in diameter. The handles are 2″ tall and 3″ wide.

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Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design

Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design
Basket Fancy Ash Wave Design

Give this Fancy Ash Basket with a Wave Design a special place in your collection!  The basket maker used Green dyed Ash splints of many sizes and braided sweetgrass to make the design. He or she covered the sweetgrass on the outside of the Basket with ash splints.  For the lid, the basket maker wove small ash splints in the center, surrounded by sweetgrass wrapped in larger ash splints. A small loop of wrapped Ash Splints is attached to the front and top of the basket.

This Basket is in very good condition with minimal splint breakage. It measures about 3″ tall x 6.5″ in diameter.

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Basket Ash Large Lidded

Basket Ash Large Lidded
Basket Ash Large Lidded

This antique Large Ash Lidded Basket features blue splints throughout the design on both the sides and lid.  The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket along with a maple branch on the side of the rim. This antique piece is in good condition with some breaks in the splints around the basket and lid.

This Basket measures 10″ tall.  The top opening measures 14″ in diameter.

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Basket Antique Makah Lidded

Basket Antique Makah Lidded
Basket Antique Makah Lidded

This Antique Makah Lidded Basket is in good condition.  The basket maker used Red and Blue dye to create the geometric design around the sides and the lid.  Makah Natives used Bear Grass and Cedar bark to make their Baskets. The color of the designs has faded on the outside, but you can see the original brilliance of the blue on the inside of the the lid.  You will notice that the inner rim of the Basket has some damage but it is hidden when the lid is on.

This basket measures 2.5″ tall with the lid and 4″ in diameter.   It will make a nice addition to your Basket collection!

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Basket Antique Pima 3 Inch

Basket Antique Pima 3 Inch
Basket Antique Pima 3 Inch

Add this lovely Antique Pima Basket to your collection!  It features a variation of the stair step design.  This Basket comes from the early 20th century.

The Pima Indians live in Arizona. They create Baskets with coiled bundles of grass or fibers. They weave these closely together with willow shoots (natural “white”) and devil’s claw (black) fibers. They generally start their Baskets with a black center.

The Basket stands 3″ tall. The top opening measures 5.25″ in diameter. The bottom measures 4″ wide in diameter. It remains in very good condition with no breaks in the fibers.

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Basket Choctaw Style

Basket Choctaw Style
Basket Choctaw Style

This Choctaw Style Basket is made with natural as well as pink and purple dyed strips of river cane also know as swamp cane. This basket is well made with nice weaved patterns. There are some breaks in the strips along the rim, but overall this basket is in good condition. The bottom is constructed with a tight weave and the dyed strips on the sides have little to no fading in color.

The basket measures 6.25″ tall and the opening measures approx. 6.5″ in diameter.

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Basket Makah Style with Cover

Basket Makah Style with Cover
Basket Makah Style with Cover

Add this lovely round Makah style Basket to your collection. The basketmaker used geometric designs on the cover and side.  It comes with a tag that says ‘Makah’ on it.   Makah Natives use Bear Grass and Cedar bark to make their Baskets.

This Basket stands 2.25″ tall with the lid on. It measures just about 4″ in diameter. It is well made and in very good condition.  The colors on the outside have faded some.  Display it in your Basket collection, or use it to store small items.  One of a Kind!

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American Indian Baskets

American Indian Baskets
American Indian Baskets

Building and Caring for a Collection. By Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh & William A. Turnbaugh. 272 pgs. Hardcover.

Profusely illustrated discussion of Native American basketry reviews basket making methods. It also advises the reader on what to look for when purchasing old baskets.

You will see examples of different basket styles throughout North America. There is also a helpful section on baskets from other countries, commercially made baskets and others that might confuse a collector.

ISBN 9780764344046

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Basket Ash Green Lidded

Basket Ash Green Lidded
Basket Ash Green Lidded

This Green Ash Lidded Basket features green splints and braided sweetgrass throughout the design on both the sides and lid.  The basket maker used wide and narrow splints to create this basket along with a maple branch on the side of the rim. This piece is in excellent condition wand will make a nice addition to your collection!

This Basket measures 3.25″ tall.  The top opening measures 7″ in diameter.

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Basket Fancy Ash with Handles

Basket Fancy Ash with Handles
Basket Fancy Ash with Handles

This antique Fancy Ash Basket with Handles will make a nice addition to your collection! The basket is constructed with ash splints of different widths and curls around the sides. The basket maker added handles to both sides of the basket. There are some breaks in the splints in the design and one handle is lo longer fully attached.

The basket measures 16″ long and 14.5″ wide. It stands 5.5″ tall at the rim and the handle adds an additional 1.5 ” to the height.

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Basket Ash Rectangle with Handle

Basket Ash Rectangle with Handle
Basket Ash Rectangle with Handle

This antique Split Ash Rectangle Basket with Handle will make a nice addition to your collection! The basket is constructed with a bentwood maple handle and rim. The basket maker used a variety of split ash widths to create the design. The basket is in good condition with very few breaks in the splints.

The basket measures 12.75″ long and 8.25″ wide. It stands 7″ tall at the rim and the handle adds an additional 4 ” to the height.

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Basket Ash Large Square

Basket Ash Large Square
Basket Ash Large Square

This Large Square Ash Basket  will make a nice addition to your collection! The basket is constructed with split ash in natural and a dyed red color. The basket maker used a variety of split ash widths to create the design. The basket is in good condition with very few breaks in the splints.

The basket measures 12.25″ long and 12.25″ wide. It stands 5.75″ tall.

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Basket Antique Ash with Curls

Basket Antique Ash with Curls
Basket Antique Ash with Curls

This Antique Ash Basket with Curls will make a perfect addition to your collection!  The basket maker used natural Ash Splints of different widths in the design. Aside from a few breaks in the splints, this Basket remains in good condition.

This Basket measures 4.5″ tall and 11″ in diameter.

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Basket Fancy Lidded Ash

Basket Fancy Lidded Ash
Basket Fancy Lidded Ash

This Fancy Lidded Ash Basket will make a perfect addition to your collection! The basket maker used natural colored Ash Splints in varying sizes, and added two rows of curls to the design.  The bottom of the basket has Micmac written on it and is signed by Jeremy Lewis. This basket is in excellent condition!

The Basket measures 10″ tall with the cover on. The cover measures 6″ in diameter and 2″ high.

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Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Sewing Kit

Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Sewing Kit
Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Sewing Kit

This Sewing Kit Basket made with Ash & Sweetgrass comes with a thimble, and an attached pincushion and thimble holder!  The basketmaker used braided Sweetgrass and Red Ash Splints to create this round Basket.  The lid has a small yarn bow in the center. The Pincushion is made with red velveteen and ash and still has three pins. The thimble holder is made of sweetgrass with the same red velveteen fabric lining the inside and rim.

You will see minor split breakage on the bottom.  Otherwise, this Basket is in very good condition.

The Sewing Basket measures 8″ in diameter and stands 2.5″ tall with the lid on.  The pincushion measures 2.5″ in diameter and the thimble hold is 1″ in diameter.

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Basket Yarn Holder Hong Kong Cord and Ash

Basket Yarn Holder
Basket Yarn Holder Hong Kong Cord and Ash

This beautiful handmade vintage Ash and Hong Kong Cord Basket was made to hold yarn while you knit. The removable lid has a hole in it for the yarn to feed through. The lid is damaged with breaks in the ash splints. The handles are made with braided Hong Kong cord. The Hong Kong cord was dyed red and the inside of the basket shows the bright color it was originally.

The Basket measures 7.5″ high with the lid on. The lid measures 5.5″ in diameter. The bottom measures 4.5″ in diameter.  The hole in the lid measures 1.25″ in diameter.  The opening of the Basket itself measures 5″ in diameter.

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Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries

Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries
Basket Oval Sweetgrass with Quilled Cherries

Add this delightful Sweetgrass Basket to your collection!  The basket maker started with a Birchbark bottom and made the sides with rows of Sweetgrass.  The lid has a  Birchbark center surrounded by rows of Sweetgrass.  The basket maker created a Cherry design with Red & Green Porcupine Quills.  Additional Green and Light Blue Quills outline the edges of the lid  and the top of the Basket.    The lid attaches to the bottom with a thread in the back.  Two strands of fiber allow you to tie it closed at the front.

It measures 7.25″ long x 5.25″ wide and stands 2.5″ tall.

This Basket came from a collection and is in very good condition. You will see minor Quill loss in the design and the edges.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions

Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions
Basket Large Sewing with Pincushions

This Large Sewing Basket comes with two Pincushions!  The basketmaker used braided Sweetgrass and Dark Green Ash Splints to create this round Basket.   A piece of braided Sweetgrass with decorative curls serves as a handle on the slightly concave lid.

Inside you will find two Velveteen Pincushions with Sweetgrass & Ash Splint bases.  One has brown Velveteen and measures 2″ in diameter. The other  has lost its Velveteen nap and measures 3″ in diameter.

The Sewing Basket measures 9.75″ in diameter and stands 3.5″ tall with the lid on.  You will see minor split breakage on the bottom.  Otherwise, this Basket is in very good condition.

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Basket Antique Split Ash

Basket Antique Split Ash
Basket Antique Split Ash

This Antique Split Ash Basket will make a nice addition to your collection. You can still see the remnants of the handle that was once on this berry basket. The basket maker used split ash of varying widths in the design. The basket measures 6.25″ tall and 8″ in diameter.

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Basket Tan Woven Round

Basket Tan Woven Round
Basket Tan Woven Round

This Round Woven Tan Basket is made in the Cherokee Style with a double weave. The basket maker used natural river cane to weave one basket inside another giving it two walls.

The basket measures approx. 8″ in diameter and 5.25″ tall and is in good condition.

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Basket Penobscot Style with Twists

Basket Penobscot Style with Twists
Basket Penobscot Style with Twists

This Penobscot Style Basket with Twists will make a nice addition to your collection. The basket maker used tan and brown split ash and made an unusual designed bottom. The basket has nice oak loop handles.

The basket measures 6.25″ tall and the opening measures 4.5″ x 5″.

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Basket Sewing Light Purple

Basket Sewing Light Purple
Basket Sewing Light Purple

Add this beautiful Light Purple Sewing Basket to your collection or use it to store crafting supplies! The basket maker made it with braided Sweetgrass with natural and dyed Ash Splints.  The color has faded on the top of the lid, but the bottom and inside of the basket still has the beautiful purple ash splints.

This Sewing Basket measures 9″ in diameter. It stands 2.5″ high with the lid on.  It is in very good condition with no breaks in the splints and very minor breaks in the braided sweetgrass on the inside of the lid.

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Basket Sewing Sweetgrass and Ash

Basket Sewing Sweetgrass and Ash
Basket Sewing Sweetgrass and Ash

Add this Sewing Basket with Sweetgrass and Ash to your collection!  The basket maker used Sweetgrass, twisted fibers and Red Ash Splints to create this round Basket.

The Sewing Basket measures 8.75″ in diameter and stands 3.5″ tall with the lid on.  This piece is in excellent condition with very little fading or splint breakage.

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Berry Basket Etched Birchbark

Berry Basket Etched Birchbark
Berry Basket Etched Birchbark

This charming Berry Basket will make a welcome addition to your collection!  The artist  made the Berry Basket with two pieces of Birchbark.  He used spruce root to hold it together.  He etched floral designs on the outside.   A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   A bent spruce branch stabilizes the top.  Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying/storage handle.

This Berry Basket stands about 8.5″ tall.  The bottom measures approximately 4.5″ in diameter.  The top measures 7″ in diameter.   We got this Basket from a collection. It is in good condition. You will see the bark on the bottom has dried and shrunk so there are gaps at the bottom.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Southwestern Style Diamond

Basket Southwestern Style Diamond
Basket Southwestern Style Diamond

This handwoven Early Southwestern Style Basket with Diamond design is made with coils of grass, yucca and devils claw. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6.25″ in diameter and stands about 7.5″ tall.  It is in good condition with a few broken pieces on the rim. The basket has a wonderful patina. Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Birchbark Square Alaska Style

Basket Birchbark Square Alaska Style
Basket Birchbark Square Alaska Style

Add this Square Birchbark Alaska Style Basket to your collection or use it as an attractive storage container!  The crafter used one piece of natural birch bark to make this basket and added a geometric pattern using the brown inside of the bark along the sides. Then the crafter bound the rim with spruce root. This basket is in good condition and has a tag with the crafter’s name on it.

The basket measures 5′ x 5′ at the opening and stands 3″ tall.

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Basket Southwestern with Lid

Basket Southwestern with Lid
Basket Southwestern with Lid

This beautiful vintage handwoven Southwestern Basket with Lid is made with coils of grass and yucca. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 9″ in diameter and stands about 3″ tall.  The basket has one strong handle. The lid measures 10″ in diameter. This piece is in good condition with just a few breaks in the coils.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Curled Feet

Basket Ash and Sweetgrass Curled Feet
Basket Ash & Sweetgrass Curled Feet

This Basket Ash with Lid will make a perfect addition to your collection! The basket maker used predominately light color Ash Splints, then added a band of sweetgrass on the edge of the cover. The curls are made of ash that has been dyed red and the cover has a delicate 1″ loop on the top. This basket is in excellent condition!

The Basket measures 7″ tall with the cover on. The cover measures 8″ in diameter and 2″ high.

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Basket Southwestern Five Figures

Basket Papago Five Figures
Basket Southwestern Five Figures

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Basket with Five Figures has an interesting open weave rim.   The basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark rim and pictorial design of the human figures. The figures have their arms down to the side and a head cover.

The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6″ in diameter and stands about 6.5″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass

Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass
Basket Lidded Ash Sweetgrass

Add this beautiful Lidded Sweetgrass & Ash Basket to your collection or use it to store crafting supplies! The basket maker made it with braided Sweetgrass and dyed Ash Splints.   Most of the color on the splints has faded on the outside, but  peek inside and you will find Blue & Green splits.

This Basket measures 7″ in diameter and stands 3″ high with the lid on.  It is in very good condition with few breaks in the splints.

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Basket Southwestern Lidded

Basket Papago Lidded
Basket Southwestern Lidded

This beautiful handwoven Lidded Southwestern Basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark staircase design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 5.25″ in diameter and stands about 4″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Southwestern 5 Inch

Basket Southwestern 5 Inch
Basket Southwestern 5 Inch

This beautiful handwoven 5 Inch Southwestern Basket is made with coils of  grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 5″ in diameter and stands about 3″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Antique Salish Style

Basket Antique Salish Style
Basket Antique Salish Style

Add this Antique Salish Style Basket to your collection! This cherry basket is made with coiled cedar bark on the bottom and the design is made with white bear grass, wild red cherry bark and black mud-dyed cherry bark. The basket stands 8.5″ tall and measures 13.25″ x 11″.

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Basket Mini Nootka Style

Basket Mini Nootka Style
Basket Mini Nootka Style

Add this delightful miniature Basket to your collection!  This Beargrass Basket features a brightly colored Fish design on one side and two Paddlers in a boat on the other.  It comes with a tag that says NOOTKA BEARGRASS 1967.  This little Basket stands just 1 3/8″ tall with the lid on and 1.5″ in diameter.  It is in excellent condition.

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Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern

Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern
Basket Southwestern Geometric Pattern

This beautiful handwoven Southwestern Basket with Geometric Pattern is made with coils of grass and yucca and then devil’s claw on the dark pictorial and rim design. The flat round base is very sturdy. It measures 6.25″ in diameter and stands about 4.5″ tall.  It is in very good condition.  Use it for decorative storage or add it to your Basket collection!

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Basket Oval Sewing

Basket Oval Sewing
Basket Oval Sewing

Add this beautiful Oval shaped Sewing Basket to your collection or use it to store crafting supplies! The basket maker made it with braided Sweetgrass and dyed Ash Splints.   Most of the splints are Dark Red, but turn it over or peek inside and you will find Blue, Orange, Teal and Purple splits around the center.

This Sewing Basket measures 10.5″ long x  7.75″ wide.  It stands 3.5″ high with the lid on.  It is in very good condition with no breaks in the splints.

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Baskets Sweetgrass and Ash Vases Set

Vases sweetgrass and ash set of three
Basket Sweetgrass and Ash Vases Set

We offer these three small Baskets Sweetgrass and Ash Vases as a set.  You will find them each uniquely made with braided sweetgrass, woven ash splints and Hong Kong cord. The crafter dyed the ash splints red and blue.  Though it has faded on the sides, you can still see the color on the bottom. Each basket surrounds a glass vase and remains in good condition.

Urn shaped ash and sweet grass plaited vases were made in the early 1900’s and were sold in the White Mountains, interior lakesides and coastal resort areas.

From left to right, the tallest vase measures approx. 5″ tall and 4″ wide at the largest section and the base measures 3″. The basket maker used a cross stich with the ash on the the rim. Most of the color has faded on the piece, but can still be seen on the bottom.

The two smaller vases measure approx. 4″ tall and 4″ wide at the largest section and the base measures 3.5″. One has the more color remaining than the other and both have a cross stich on the rim.

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Baskets Southwestern Set of Two

Baskets Southwestern Set of Two
Baskets Southwestern Set of Two

This beautiful vintage handwoven Set of Two Southwestern Baskets is made with coils of grass, with darker strands on the rim and throughout the design. The cup holder basket fits six drinks and has a very sturdy base and handles. Each ring measures approx. 2.75″ in diameter and 2″ deep. The entire piece measures 9″ in diameter at the base.

The larger matching serving tray 14″ long and 11.5″ wide at the base. The handle is 7.5″ tall. The tray has some small breaks in the woven grass but is still in good condition.

Papago weavers, also known as Tohono O’odham made this style basket to appeal to tourists traveling in the Southwest in the early 1900s.

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Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

Kunu's Basket: A Story from Indian Island
Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island

By Lee Decora Francis.  Softcover. 34 pgs.

Young Kunu wants to make baskets like his father and grandfather.  But when he tries to make one himself, he discovers how difficult it is.

His grandfather teaches him the skills of basketmaking and Kunu makes his own pack basket.

Full color illustrations.

ISBN  9780884484615

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Basket Birchbark Container Round

Basket Birchbark Container Round
Basket Birchbark Container Round

Add this beautiful Round Birchbark Container Basket to your collection! The artist etched the design on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green.  As it dried, the image darkened.  The artist used spruce root to hold it together.

This basket stands 5.75″ tall and 6.5″ in diameter. We got this piece from a collection and you will see some marks on the bark. It will make a lovely display piece!

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Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style

Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style a
Basket Birchbark Alaskan Style

Add this beautiful Alaskan Style Birchbark Basket to your collection! The artist etched the botanical design into the bark and used spruce root to hold it together.  This basket stands 4″ tall.  The rectangle bottom measures 2.5″ x 4″.

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Birchbark Story Basket Smoking Rabbit

Birchbark Story Basket Smoking Rabbit
Birchbark Story Basket Smoking Rabbit

Add this Birchbark Story Basket with Smoking Rabbit to your collection! The artist etched leaves and a Wabanaki pipe smoking rabbit on the back of the birchbark while it was still green. He or she used spruce root to hold the basket together. The Container stands 4.5″ tall and 9.5″ in diameter at the top. The base measures 7″. This Container came from a collection. It is in good condition. One of a Kind!

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Basket Elm Bark Container

Basket Elm Bark Container
Basket Elm Bark Container

Traditional crafter Jennifer Lee made this Elm Bark Container Basket. The elm bark is laced together with spruce root cortege and a braided hemp shoulder strap. The inside of the basket is signed by the artist.

The container measures 20″ long and 6″ wide at the widest part at the bottom. The opening is 5″ in diameter.

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Bead Lot Basket Beads

Bead Lot Basket Beads
Bead Lot Basket Beads

You will find an assortment of Blues and Greens perfect for your next project in this Lot of Basket Beads.  There are a few other colors and styles mixed in.  Most of the tube shaped Basket Beads measure 0.75″ long.  This Lot weighs approximately 2 ounces.  One of a Kind!

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Basket Birchbark with Etched Bears

Basket Birchbark with Etched Bears
Basket Birchbark with Etched Bears

This Etched Birchbark Basket features Bears on the cover and sides. The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green. As it dried, the image darkened. The artist etched Bear images on the cover and both sides of the container. The artist used spruce root to hold the container together. He made the cover with two pieces of Birchbark. The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container. You will see holes on either end with Leather Lacing that serves as a handle.

This Birchbark Basket stands 5.5″ tall. The bottom measures 5″ x 4″. The cover measures 6″ x 4.75″. We got this container from a collection. Structurally it is in very good condition. It will make a lovely display piece! One of a Kind!

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Painting Kachina Basket Dancer

Painting Kachina Basket Dancer
Painting Kachina Basket Dancer

This framed painting of a Kachina Basket Dancer was painted by Victor Trujillo.  Victor is also known as Tehn Tsa which means ‘White Aspen’.  He lived in the Taos/San Juan Pueblos and created many paintings during the 1970s and 1980s.  He went on to carve Kachinas.

This painting is called Kachina Basket Dancer.  Tehn Tsa painted it in 1982.  It comes matted  in a frame under glass with information written on the back. The frame measures 15.5″ x 12.5″.  The art measures 9.5″ x 7.25″.

The Wandering Bull, LLC has had this painting since the 1980s.  It has been displayed for most of that time. The frame shows a little wear, but the art is intact.

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Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy

Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy
Birchbark Basket with Etched Daisy

This Etched Birchbark Basket features a Daisy on the cover with birds and floral designs on the sides. The artist etched the designs on the back of the Birchbark while it was still green. As it dried, the image darkened. The artist used spruce root to hold the container together. He made the cover with two pieces of Birchbark. The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container. You will see holes on either end with Leather Lacing that serves as a handle.

This Container stands 4.25″ tall. The bottom measures 3.25″ x 3.5″. The cover measures 4″ in diameter. We got this container from a collection. Structurally it is in very good condition. It will make a lovely display piece! One of a Kind!

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Basket Birchbark Etched Container

Basket Birchbark Etched Container
Basket Birchbark Etched Container

Use this Birchbark Basket Etched Container for storage or add it to your collection. The artist etched leaves on the sides with some oval designs around the opening on the back of the birchbark while it was still green.   A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.   He or she used spruce root to hold it together. A piece of  Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle and is still attached on one side.

The Container stands 5″ tall.  The bottom measures 10.5″ x 5″. This Container came from a collection. It is in good condition. One of a Kind!

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Antique Whimsy Lot

Antique Whimsy Lot
Antique Whimsy Lot

Four unique Antique Beaded Whimsies come with this Lot.  You will get a Mini Purse, a Pincushion like ornament and two Wall Pockets.

These are classic examples of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these Whimsies for the tourist trade.

The Mini Purse comes in Dark Red fabric over a cardboard base with Clear Pony Beads and Basket Bead designs.  The front flap features a Botanical design and the back has a Bird design.  It measures about 3.75″ long x 2.5″ wide.   The fabric has deteriorated and it has suffered noticeable bead loss.  Only one of the closure clasps remains and one of the loop tassels has fallen off.

The Pincushion Ornament features a rounded top and a pointed bottom.  The crafter used Red fabric for the front and what may have been Blue on the back.  He or she bound the edges with bias tape.  On the front, the crafter created a medallion design in Clear and Transparent Green Seed Beads and Blue Basket Beads.  Below this, you will find White Seed Beads spelling NIAGARA FALLS 1924.  A loop of assorted Seed Beads at the top allowed the Pincushion to hang.   This piece measures about 4.5″ x 4.5″ at its widest points.  You will see some bead loss in the word ‘FALLS’ and the Fabric has faded in color.  Otherwise, this piece remains in very good condition for its age.

The smaller Wall Pocket has lost most of its Red Wool Fabric and edging.  Most of the Clear Seed Bead and Basket Beads that form the Botanical designs remain.  The back fabric is intact.  It measures about 6.5″ tall x 4″ wide.

The larger Wall Pocket features a deep Wine colored velveteen on the front.   The Clear Seed Beads of the floral medallions remain mostly intact, but the Basket Bead centers have come off of most of them.  You will see further bead loss around the edges and some of the Clear Seed Bead tassel loops have come off.  If there was a hanging loop at the top, it is no longer present.  The back fabric shows spotting and small holes. The front pocket retains its shape, the cardboard has not collapsed. This Wall Pocket measures about 8.5″ tall (not including the Beaded Tassels) x 5″ at the widest point.

We are selling these Antique Beaded Whimsies as a lot.

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Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy

Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy
Antique Wall Pocket Whimsy

A crafter created this Beaded Wall Pocket Whimsy around 1900. It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This whimsy comes in the shape of a wall pocket. The artist chose Clear Seed Beads for most of the 3 dimensional design. He or she also used Transparent Amber Seed Beads and Silver lined Basket Beads. The bottom and side feature loops of Clear and Silver lined Basket Beads. The design features Floral motifs on the top and a Bird on a branch on the pocket.

Polished cotton in a reddish color covers the front and a neutral colored fabric covers the back and the inside of the pocket.

This Whimsy came from a previous owner, but it remains in good condition. You will see some bead loss and places where the fabric has torn or worn away.  Additionally, you will see staining and discoloration on the fabric on the back and inside the pocket.

This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx 8″ tall  x 6″ wide not including the Basket Bead loops.  The pocket extends about 4″ from the back of the Whimsy.

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Wood Bowls

Maple Wood Bowls
 Wood Bowls

Our Wood Bowls make perfect serving and storage tableware for Living History Re-enactors. These bowls are made with natural hardwoods.  Furthermore, our Bowls are oiled to prevent cracking. You will find them sanded smooth inside and ready to use.

The natural beauty and functionality of our these wood bowls will make them useful and attractive in your home, too! The natural wood looks warm and sturdy.  And because they are wood, unlike ceramic, they will not easily break!  Use one for a table centerpiece or to hold fresh fruit. You can make also one into the ‘basket’ part of a gift basket for an exceptional presentation!

Whether you are using them for your historically authentic camp, or as an alternative to baskets or ceramic bowls at home, you will be pleased with the looks and quality of these bowls.

Hand wash only.

Choose from 3 sizes:

  • 6″ diameter
  • 8″ diameter
  • 10″ diameter

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Whimsy Watch Pocket Raised

Whimsy Watch Pocket Raised
Whimsy Watch Pocket Raised

This Beaded Antique Raised Watch Pocket Whimsy has a raised pictorial design made with with clear, yellow and blue seed beads and gray basket beads on red cotton fabric. Three tassels hang from the center of the floral design and are made with clear seed beads and blue basket beads. The polished cotton that covers the back has some staining but does not have any tears. The red cotton fabric has worn away on many spots on the front of the piece.

It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This whimsy comes in the shape of a wall pocket that holds your pocket watch.  This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx. 7.75″ x 4.5″ not including the Basket Bead loops.

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Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique

Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique
Whimsy Watch Pocket Antique

A crafter created this Beaded Antique Watch Pocket Whimsy with red, clear and blue seed beads on red cotton fabric. Polished cotton covers the back. The eight remaining tassels are made with blue and brown basket beads and clear seed beads. Although one tassel is missing, the piece remains in good condition with very little bead loss on the pictorial design.

It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This whimsy comes in the shape of a wall pocket that holds your pocket watch.  This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx. 3.5″ x 2.75″ not including the Basket Bead loops.

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Whimsy Pin Cushion Purple

Whimsy Pin Cushion Purple
Whimsy Pin Cushion Purple

A crafter created this Antique Purple Pin Cushion Whimsy in a spade shape. The artist used clear, transparent yellow, blue, green and red seed beads with gray basket beads to make the raised pictorial design on purple velvet fabric. They also used turquois and dark green basket beads on the tassels. The whimsy is in good condition with little bead loss and fading on the purple fabric. Red fabric once lined the sides and can still be seen on the back of the piece. The polished cotton back has some staining.

This whimsy is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded

Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded
Whimsy Pin Cushion Beaded

A crafter created this Antique Beaded Pin Cushion Whimsy in a spade shape. The artist used clear, transparent yellow, green and red, blue and navy blue seed beads with gray and blue basket beads to make the raised pictorial design. They used basket and seed beads to make the tassels. The whimsy has some bead loss and fading on the fabric. Red fabric lines the sides with clear beads. The dark brown polished cotton back has some fading. A previous owner used this cushion, and it still has a pin in it.

This whimsy is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.  This Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures about 8″ long x  7″ wide. The thickness is about 3.5″.

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Whimsy Pin Cushion Heart

Whimsy Heart Pin Cushion
Whimsy Pin Cushion Heart

A crafter created this Heart Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Gray Basket Beads. Three tassels made of seed and basket beads hang from the bottom. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Whimsy comes in the shape of a heart. The front shows a dark blue fabric. Crafters often create Whimsies with velveteen, but we can see no nap left on this fabric to suggest it was velveteen.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back. You will see some staining on the back and edges, and minimal bead loss.

The Whimsy measures 4″ long x 3.75″ wide.

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Whimsy Beaded Matchbox 1902

Whimsey Iroquois Matchbox 1902
Whimsy Beaded Matchbox 1902

This 1902 Beaded Matchbox Whimsy was made using Amber, Blue and Clear Pony Beads. The crafter beaded a raised pictorial design and the year on the front. You will also see some gray and tan Basket Beads along with brass colored sequins in the design. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels made with pony and basket beads. The tassels have some bead loss. The whimsey has a threaded loop on the top to hang it up. The red fabric is faded on the front and has worn away only in a few small sections at the bottom where the cardboard backing shows through. The silk fabric on the back of the piece stained a dark brown color.

The 1902 Matchbox Whimsey measures about 6.25″ at the widest section and 8.25″ tall not including the 2″ tassels. Each pocket is 2″ x 1″ at the opening.

This is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Deer Bone Needles

Deer Bone Needles
Deer Bone Needles

We have several packages of natural Deer Bone Needles available. Our crafter made them from Deer leg bones.  Each comes with a hole in the top for your Thread, Sinew or Lacing. You can use these natural Needles to sew Leather (punch holes with an Awl first) with Leather Lacing.  They will also be a nice addition to a display of historical tools for Living History Events and educational programs.

Historically, Native Americans used Bone Needles to sew Clothing, Nets, Mats and Baskets.  They have used the bones of several animals, including Deer, Buffalo and Elk to make Needles and other tools.

Many of these Needles measure about 3″ long. Some will be smaller. They are a natural product, so expect variations in size and color.

We sell these in packages of 3.  Limited Quantities!

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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet North American Plains Indians Hide Dressing and Bead Sewing Techniques.

 

Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags

Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags
Whimsy Pillow Top with Flags

A crafter beaded this antique scalloped edge Pillow Top Whimsy with Flags using clear and red, blue, green and yellow Pony Beads. You will also see some gray and white Basket Beads along with brass sequins on tan velveteen fabric. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels with Clear Pony Beads around each corner. Two flags and a raised pictorial  floral design with a eagle adorn the front of this pillow top.

The Beadwork on this Pin Cushion is beautiful, but the piece has some bead loss on the floral design and on the tassels. The velveteen has some fading and shows some wear.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

It measures about 9″ x  10″ not including the side tassels. The thickness is about .5″.

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Antique Leather Bag with Deer Toes

Antique Leather Bag with Deer Toes
Antique Leather Bag with Deer Toes

This unusual Antique Leather Bag will make a delightful addition to your collection!  The crafter created it in the early 1900s.  We are not sure about the type of leather, but it may be pigskin.  It is very thin.  The crafter decorated the simple top flap Bag with very neatly trimmed Deer Toes.  These hang on leather strips adorned with White and Transparent Green Basket Beads.  The Bag may have been intended as a Belt Bag, as there is a leather strip on the back that could serve as a loop for a belt.

This piece is in good condition for its age.  You will see that the top flap has split and the strip on the back has detached at the top.  It looks like someone tried to repair it with a piece of masking tape.  The Bag measures about 7″ wide by 6″ top to bottom. The back strip measures 3.75″ x 2″.

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Bag Reproduction Northern Plains Style

Bag Reproduction Northern Plains Style
Bag Reproduction Northern Plains Style

Carry essentials in this Reproduction Northern Plains Style Bag or add it to your collection! Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this Pipe Bag with Braintanned Deerskin Leather. On the front of the bag Andy used antique seed beads in Green, Red, White, Black and Mustard Yellow. He attached a pink conch shell button with antique trade bead tassels and bells to the flap. The bottom of the bag has basket beads in Green, Clear and Blue along with brain tanned leather tassels.

This Bag measures 8″ long x 4.25″ wide. Including the drops it measures 14″ long.

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Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion

Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion
Whimsy Beaded Boot Pincushion

An crafter created this Beaded Boot Pincushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads around the edges and tassels.  The tassels also have clear and white basket beads. The center has a raised floral pictorial design using clear, rose and yellow seed beads. The sea green cotton fabric on the front of this piece has shows significant wear, and the red polished cotton back has some fading. This Whimsy comes in the shape of a ladies’ boot. It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

The Antique Beaded Pincushion Whimsy measures 4.25″ long x 3″ wide.

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Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue e
Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue

A crafter beaded this Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Blue with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow, and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the Beaded Box is covered with either Red or Blue fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  The box has a six inch hanging loop made of two strings of clear beads. This box measures approximately 3.5″ long x 2.5″ wide x 2.5″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Beadwork Pin Cushion Shadowbox

Beadwork Pin Cushion Shadowbox
Beadwork Pin Cushion Shadowbox

This Shadowbox with Pin Cushion Beadwork will make a nice display in your home. A crafter beaded this antique scalloped edge pin cushion using clear, blue, green, yellow and red transparent beads. You will also see some clear Basket Beads in the design. The crafter added white pony beads around the edge. The pictorial raised beadwork of a bird on a branch with leaves. The pin cushion is no longer usable and the revenants are displayed in a 9″ x 11″wooden shadowbox.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy

Iroquois Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy
Beaded Boot Pincushion/Whimsy

A crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Whimsy comes in the shape of a ladies’ boot.    The front shows a dark red fabric.  Crafters often create Whimsies with velveteen, but we can see no nap left on this fabric to suggest it was velveteen.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back.

Someone added a braided Wool Yarn loop to the back of this Whimsy.  You will see a frayed place on the yarn, so you may not be able to hang it with this yarn. You will see some staining on the back, but the beadwork remains intact.

The Antique Beaded Pincushion Whimsy measures 4″ long x 3″ wide.

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Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red

Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red
Whimsy Beaded Box Gray & Red

A crafter beaded this antique  Whimsy Beaded Box around the turn of the 20th cent. He or she used transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you wil see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the box is covered with either Red or Gray fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with blue polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 2.5″ long x 1.75″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape

Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape
Whimsy Beaded Pillow Spade Shape

This Antique Beaded Spade-shaped Pillow Whimsy features Clear, Transparent Yellow, Red and Blue Pony Beads on an amber colored velveteen front.  You will also find Transparent Basket Beads in Gray, Teal Green, Red, Brown and White Lined Clear.  The crafter created three dimensional  floral designs and edge beaded the entire piece with Clear Pony Beads.  He or she added several Beaded Loop Drops to the bottom.  The back is a Teal Green polished cotton fabric.

This whimsy is a classic example of Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade. This spade shaped Pillow will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

This Antique Pillow is missing several beads from the front and some of the beaded loops have come off.  The pillow itself is in good condition with signs of wear.  It measures about 11″ long x 11.5″ wide not including the beaded loops. The thickness is about 3″. Put your restoration skills to work to to recreate this beautiful design.  One of a Kind!

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Harvest Moon Festival Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Harvest Moon Festival Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Location: MKIM 18 Highlawn Rd Warner, NH

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of fun and excitement, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, stories, games, and foods! It’s our 25th-Annual Harvest Moon and NatureFest to be held on:
Sunday, September 23rd 
from 10AM to 4PM.
Scheduled Events:
10:30 – 11:30
 Raptor Rapture with Kevin Wall of the NH Audubon
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Storytelling by Debra Ballou
2:00 – 3:00pm 
Wildlife Encounters-showing of many animals around the world
ALL DAY EVENTS INCLUDE:
  • Atlatl Throwing-Robert Goodby with Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club
  • Medicine Woods Walks with Karen Tuininga
  • Ash-Log & Pounding Tools with Linda Hartman
  • Flint Knapping with George Leduc
  • Encampment with Chris Bullock
  • Twined Baskets by Julia Marden
  • Canoe Burning by Gary Young
  • Dreamcatchers Demonstrations by Lenny Novak
  • Basket Making Demonstrations by Katie Devoid
  • Children’s Tent: Lynn Murphy with Abenaki Word Scavenger Hunt
  • Sue Cannella with Loom Beading
  • Demonstrations with Rawhide by Jan Hibbard
  • Kids Activities Tent by Nature Discovery Center
  • Wigwam Building(NEW!)
  • Face Painting(NEW!)
Native Foods prepared by MKIM Trustees and Staff will be available for purchase.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Nature Discovery Center will have free tours with paid Harvest Moon admission.
 
Admission Fees:
  • General Admission Adults $10
  • Students (6 to 12) $5.00
  • Under 6  Free
  • Members: $5
  • Family: $30
  • FREE for Native Americans
***Guest Passes ARE NOT redeemable for special events***
For more information:

603-456-2600

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
18 Highlawn Rd.
Warner, NH 03278
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Call (603) 456-2600

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple

Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple
Whimsy Beaded Box Red & Purple

A crafter beaded this Whimsy Beaded Box with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Green. Blue, Yellow, Purple and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads.

Each side of the box is covered with either Red or Purple fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink and purple polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 2.5″ long x 1.75″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

One of a Kind!

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Sweetgrass Bundles

Sweetgrass Bundles

Sweetgrass Bundles

We have fresh Sweetgrass in unbraided bundles.  Use it as material for Baskets or other crafts, or create your own Sweetgrass Braids! Sweetgrass emits a wonderful fragrance!  Some people use it for smudging.   We love it when we get a new shipment in at the shop because it smells so delightful!    You can keep your Sweetgrass fresher if you store it in a cool, dark place.

We are selling this Sweetgrass in 1 ounce and 1 pound bundles.  Limited Quantities!  You may also like our Sweetgrass Braids!

We also offer a Sweetgrass & Lavender Incense Wand.

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Whimsy Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion

Iroquois Whimsy Scalloped Pin Cushion
Whimsy Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion

A crafter beaded this Scalloped Edge Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear and colored Pony Beads. You will also see some gray-looking Basket Beads. The crafter also added Beaded Looped Tassels with Clear Pony Beads on each corner of the Pin Cushion.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a floral/botanical design. The crafter beaded the design on what may have been a tan or yellow velveteen fabric which has mostly worn away.   Polished cotton in teal blue surrounded by red bias tape edging makes up the back.  You will see holes in the back fabric and sawdust is coming out.

The Beadwork on this Pin Cushion is beautiful, but the piece has not aged well.  In addition to the holes in the back fabric, the front shows significant tears.  Much of the velveteen has worn away.  Most of the beadwork seems to be intact, but you will see that some of the edge tassels have come loose. Some of the edge beads have fallen off as well.  You will find several pins remain in this Whimsy, signs that a previous owner used it for a Pin Cushion.

It measures about 7″ x  8″ not including the side tassels. The thickness is about 3″.

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Whimsy Beaded Box Blue

Whimsy Beaded Box
Whimsy Beaded Box Blue

A crafter beaded this Blue Whimsy Beaded Box with transparent Pony Beads in Red, Yellow, and Clear to create lazy stitch edging.  On each panel, the crafter made simple center designs with Clear Pony Beads and Gray Basket Beads.  On the bottom you will see several beaded loops made with Clear Pony Beads as well as a hanging loop on the top.

Each side of the box is covered with either Blue or Purple fabric.  The crafter lined the inside of the box with pink polished cotton.  The Box is intact. You will see insect damage in spots on the fabric on the side panels and minor bead loss.  This box measures approximately 3″ long x 2″ wide x 2.25″ tall not including the beaded loops.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

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Porcupine Quills

Porcupine Quills
Porcupine Quills

Native Americans have used Porcupine Quills to embellish many items starting before contact with Europeans. They have created unique and beautiful designs on clothing, baskets, bags and other items. Quillwork is a truly traditional Native American craft.

To use Quills, the crafter softens them in water to make them pliable. Then the crafter flattens or wraps the quills to create a design.

We offer Porcupine Quills in both natural white and a selection of colors.

Choose from:

  • Natural
  • Black
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Light Blue ( only Blue 1-2023)
  • Dark Blue
  • Purple
  • Assorted

You can buy quills in 1/4 oz or 1 oz packages. Quill lengths vary between 1″- 3″.  We do not sort them, so expect to cull out quills that are too short.   Our Natural quills have been washed once,  there may be some hair.   You can wash again or use as is.  (Remember, quills are hollow and lightweight. 1/4 oz packages have over 200 quills, 1 oz packages contain over 1000 quills).

Watch our video Porcupine Quill Work to learn more about this unique craft!

For more information, view the Denver Art Museum leaflet on Porcupine Quillwork HERE!

Whimsy Beaded Pillow Purple

Whimsy Beaded Pillow Purple
Whimsy Beaded Pillow Purple

A crafter beaded this antique scalloped edge Whimsy Beaded Pillow Purple using clear, blue, green, yellow and pink colored 5/0  Pony Beads. You will also see some gray Basket Beads. The crafter added Beaded Looped Tassels with Clear Pony Beads on each corner of the pillow. This piece was made circa 1900.

It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This pillow features pictorial raised beadwork of a bird on a branch with leaves and flowers. The crafter beaded the design on a purple velveteen fabric which is still in good condition. The pillow has silk around the edges and back with is in good condition with no tears but has some staining.

It measures about 10″ x  8″ not including the side tassels. The thickness is about 3″.

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Pouch Beaded Wabanaki Style

Pouch Beaded Wabanaki Style
Pouch Beaded Wabanaki Style

This antique Wabanaki Style Beaded Pouch is a nice find! The artist added beadwork to red fabric, using a variety of basket and seed beads to create the feather design on the front and back. Colors include Clear, Transparent Red and Green and White. The artist edged  the piece with red fabric and clear bead loops. The interior of the bag is a white cotton fabric that has some discoloration. While this piece is in good condition with no holes in the bag or bead loss, the fabric does have some worn spots.

This Purse measures 4.5″ long by 4″ tall.

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Whimsy Beaded Picture Frame

Whimsy Picture Frame
Whimsy Beaded Picture Frame

A crafter created this Beaded Picture Frame Whimsy around 1900. It is a classic example of a Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenir. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This antique whimsy is a very unique shape for a picture frame. The artist chose Clear Seed Beads for most of the raised floral design and on the bottom loops and used gray basket beads. Polished cotton in a reddish color covers the front and silk covers the back and the inside of the pocket. Green fabric covers the edges. In some places you can see the paper used for the design.

This Whimsy came from a previous owner, but it remains in good condition. You will see some bead loss and places where the fabric has torn or worn away.  Additionally, one of the hanging loops on the top is broken with some bead loss. This Beaded Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures approx. 7″ tall  x 6″ wide not including the beaded loops.  The picture place measures 3.25″ x 2.25″.

One of a kind!

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Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion

Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion
Antique Whimsy Pin Cushion

A crafter created this Pin Cushion Whimsy using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a bird design surrounded by leaves in the corners. One corner still has looped tassels that probably appeared on the other corners as well. The crafter beaded the design on a tan velveteen fabric.  Most of the nap of this fabric has worn away.  Polished cotton in a tan color makes up the back.

You will see many beads are missing from the edges of the pin cushion itself. Most of the design remains intact but the beads have become very dark.  Some of the clear beads are red and yellow. You will also see Green Seed beads in two of the corners. A white paint like substance appears in a few spots on the front. A previous owner used this Pin Cushion, and it still has several pins in it.

This Beaded Pin Cushion will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures about 4.5″ square. The thickness is about 1.5″ and the filling seems to be intact.

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Antique Needle Case Niagara

Needle Case Iroquois Niagara
Antique Needle Case Niagara

This Antique Niagara Needle Case will make a welcome addition to your collection! The crafter made it with green cotton. He or she created a three dimensional floral design with a bird using Clear Seed and Basket beads.  Clear Seed Bead loops decorate the edges.  Inside you will find pink polished cotton.

The bead loss on this case is minimal.  Some of the Clear Seed Bead loops on the edge have come off. The case measures about 4.5″ x 4.5″ at the widest points.

Though it is not recommended that you use this case for needles, it will make a beautiful display piece!   One of a Kind!

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Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops

Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops
Whimsy Pincushion Berry Drops

A crafter created this Pincushion Whimsy with Berry Drops  using Clear Seed Beads and Clear Basket Beads.  It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs. Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States at the turn of the 20th century created many of these whimsies for the tourist trade.

This Pin Cushion features a botanical design. It comes with three  beaded “berry” drops. Unlike the strawberries that held sand for sharpening your sewing needles, stuffing fills these berries.  One of them has broken open. Strands of clear beads connect the three berries.

Polished cotton in a rich teal color makes up the back.  You will see obvious wear on the edges.  Some beads are missing from the pin cushion itself. The bead loss on the berries is obvious.  Only two beaded tassels that hung from the berries remain.

This Beaded Berry Drop Pincushion Whimsy will make an unusual addition to your antique or whimsy collection!

It measures 3.5″ square. The overall length measures 5.25″ long.

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Whimsy Pillowtop with Bird

Whimsy Pillowtop with Bird
Whimsy Pillowtop with Bird

This turn of the century Beaded Pillowtop with Bird Whimsy is in exceptional condition with no bead loss. The purple velvet has a raised pictorial beadwork design of a bird with flowers and leaves. The design is made with yellow, green, red, blue and white 5/0 pony beads and glass basket beads with a gray lining. The doily is backed with silk.

This Whimsy measures 11.25″ x 10.25″. The tassels measure about an inch around the sides.

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North by Northeast

North by Northeast
North by Northeast

Wabanaki, Akwesasne, Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts. By Kathleen Mundell. 120 pgs. Softcover.

North by Northeast shares the art and experiences of practicing Northeastern artisans. Mundell profiles over 35 traditional artists working primarily in Maine and New York. This book recognizes the resourcefulness and creativity of these artists.  These artists belong to the Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk and Tuscarora people.

It features basketry, beadwork, canoe making, wood carving and quilting.  The text discusses how these artisans learned their craft and how the products they create have developed over time.

This is not a guidebook, but you will find it inspiring for your own craftwork.

Color and Black & White photographs of the artists and their creations.

ISBN 978-0884483052

Indians in Eden

Indians in Eden
Indians in Eden

Wabanakis and Rusticators on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, 1840s – 1920s.  By Bunny McBride and Harald E.L. Prins.  185 pgs. Softcover.

This profusely illustrated book focuses on the resourcefulness of Native Americans living on Mount Desert Island in the 19th and early 20th centuries.   In addition to maintaining their own heritage, they interacted with the tourists (rusticators) who came to vacation in Bar Harbor.  They made and sold items like baskets, moccasins, beadwork, feathers and other items.  Some also served as fishing and tour guides.  You will read about successes and conflicts the Natives experienced during this time.

Black & White photographs & illustrations.

ISBN 9780892728046

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Rogan Antique Painted Birchbark

Rogan Antique Painted Birchbark
Rogan Antique Painted Birchbark

This Antique Birchbark Rogan features painted designs. The artist painted the light color around flowers, leaves and geometric designs.   A flower also appears on the cover. A light coat of polyurethane gives it a bit of a shine.  The artist used dyed spruce root to hold it together. A bent spruce branch stabilizes the top opening. The artist used two pieces of Birchbark for the cover.  The cover is very sturdy and you can take it completely off the container.  A piece of Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing serves as a carrying handle.

The Rogan stands 6.5″ tall.  The bottom measures 7″ x 5.5″.    The top opening measures about 6″ x 5″ in diameter. This Rogan came from a collection. It is in good condition. You will see some broken spruce root around the top and a couple of light scratches.  One of a Kind!

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