I finished the last fringe on those 8 samples I’ve been making for the Manitoba Museum. This project has been sponsored by Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism, by Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, and by the St Boniface General Hospital.
They were woven using a fine 2/8 worsted wool (with one exception). I’ve been working on this since September of 2007
The 8 samples, again, close up, include
The Nested Chevron, or W Pattern:
W, or Nested Chevron Pattern
The Double Arrowhead Pattern:
Two arrowhead patterns, outlined in beads
The Flame Pattern:
The ‘oblique’ or ‘bias weave’ or ‘Woodlands’ Pattern:
White glass beads, worked on a background of red threads in the 'oblique' or 'biasweave' method are associated with groups of the Eastern Woodlands
The arrowhead and lightning pattern, in this color sequence, seen in collections all over North America is classic of those created for the fur trade in Assomption, Québec
(I worked this ‘classic Assomption’ in Silk, as silk was sometimes used in these sashes.
Variation of the Assomption Pattern
The sash belonging to Métis leader Elzéar Goulet of arrow-and-lightning pattern was very loosely woven.
And another Variant
Sash worn by Lord Strathcona features the arrow-and-lightning motif, two lightning pieces joined by a seam up the middle
And lastly the Chénier Pattern
Sash pattern famous for its association with a medical doctor, Jean-Olivier Chénier, killed in 1837, wore a sash of this pattern