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Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing

by Edna Wilder

Paperback Price $18.95

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"An indispensable handbook of Eskimo sewing and skin preparation techniques, written in an easy, personable way."
—Native Journal

"A unique and invaluable addition to any costumer or needlecrafter."
—Midwest Book Review

"A delightful and well-written book loaded with an abundance of designs and patterns. . . . a truly delightful experience."
—Gulf Coast Stitching Guild

"Few people are better equipped to describe the techniques than Edna Wilder. The first Native instructor in the Art of Skin Sewing class at the University of Alaska, she has honed the skill of step-by-step instruction."
—Tundra Times


Still the definitive guide, Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing is packed with clear, easy-to-understand instructions, drawings, and photographs to lead readers of any skill level through the process of turning natural or man-made furs and hides into handsome, useful garments. Author Edna Wilder, one of the world's best-known practitioners and modernizers of traditional Eskimo skin sewing techniques, takes would-be skin sewers through the step-by-step work involved in constructing traditional items of clothing such as mukluks, parkas, and mittens. She also includes sewing instructions for belts, baby booties, a trapper-style fur cap, and toys.

Though natural fur and hides were the only ones known in traditional Eskimo lifeways, the book's guidance is completely adaptable to modern, synthetic leathers and artificial furs. Similarly, the guidance offered in these pages on traditional Native beadwork and basket making works just as well for plastic beads and basketry materials unknown to the Alaska wilderness.

Edna Wilder was born in Bluff, Alaska, at that time a small mining community just northwest of Rocky Point, where this story takes place. She is the daughter of the late Minnie Nedercook and Arthur Samuel Tucker.  Edna Wilder's first book, Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing, is available from the University of Alaska Press. The sequel to this book, The Eskimo Girl and the Englishman, was published by the University of Alaska Press in 2007.

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  • Paperback Price: $18.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-889963-12-9
  • Publication Month: October
  • Publication Year: 1998
  • Pages: 144
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Edna Wilder
  • ECommerce Code: 9781889963129

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