Blanket Strip On 12 foot Blanket
This 12′ long Beaded Blanket Strip will make a superb addition to your collection! It consists of 2 Broadcloth Blankets, each 6′ long, sewn together with an 8′ long Beaded strip.
The crafter sewed a Red and a Navy Blue 8 band Broadcloth blanket together to create a 12′ long blanket. Then he created the 8′ long Strip featuring three 9.5″ Rosettes with White, Turquoise and Red Seed Beads using Lazy Stitch on a separate backing. He then sewed the entire Strip to the Blanket (twice). The crafter added the Turquoise edge beading to the Strip after he sewed it to the Blanket.
To the bottom edge of the Blanket, the crafter created a beaded rolled edge with multi-colored Seed Beads. The center colors attempt to match the stripes of the Broadcloth. At one end, he beaded the initials JBH in Red Seed Beads.
The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. They often cut Buffalo hides in half when they tanned them. So Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when a Braintanned Buffalo Hide was sewn back together. Eventually, Native American crafters began to use wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.
This Blanket measures 12′ x 5′ 9″ overall. The Beaded Strip measures 8′ long x 7.5″ wide. The Rosettes measure 9.5″ in diameter.
You will find this Blanket Strip in good condition.
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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet North American Plains Indians Hide Dressing and Bead Sewing Techniques.