My grandmother taught me to make uppers when I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old. She raised me so it was comforting to sew with her. It was a way to sit with her and get to know her. When I was younger I helped tan hide but I haven’t done it for a long time. I mostly make things like baby straps, ammunition bags, ID holders, purses, uppers or mukluks for family and friends and people in the community.
I prefer to hand sew everything together so that is what makes my work unique. I only use a sewing machine if I have to, like if it is a really big piece. I enjoy sewing by hand. It takes a long time but I enjoy doing it that way. I still have the two young ones at home with me but next year, when they are in school, I would like to go to Fort Smith and take the Traditional Arts Program there.
I like to draw and bead bigger flowers. It is my alone time when it is quiet and it helps me to stay calm and relaxed. That is why I enjoy doing it. I would like to teach sewing to my daughter when she is older, for sure. I think it is something she will probably enjoy.