Blanket Strip – 1830s Style
This Pony Beaded Blanket Strip – 1830s Style features 7″ Rosettes. Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this Blanket Strip in an 1830s reproduction style. He beaded the rosettes on Braintanned Deerskin Leather. Twisted Braintanned Deerskin tassels hang from the center of each rosette. Each tassel has a selection of Trade Beads hanging on it. Andy then attached the strip to a large red Hudson Bay wool trade blanket to create this fabulous reproduction Beaded Blanket Strip.
Craftsman Bullock beaded this strip with 8/0 Pony Beads. For the rosettes he used Reproduction Pony Trader Blue, Cheyenne Pink, Mustard, Cobalt Blue and White Pony beads. He composed the remainder of the strip with 9 rows of lazy stitch beaded with 8/0 Pony Beads in Mustard, Cobalt Blue, White Center Red and Pony Trader Blue.
The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.
The beaded portion of this Blanket Strip measures 55″ long. It includes a total of 4 rosettes, each measuring 7″ in diameter. The blanket itself measures approximately 69″ x 60″.
One of a Kind!