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The First Peoples' Heritage Language & Culture Council

Button-blanket Workshop

This workshop was taught by Lavender MacDonald and all the workshop participants received the materials and instruction needed to create a button-blanket.

Elder Button-Blanket Instructor Lavender MacDonaldAt the beginning of the workshop, we learned how to measure and cut melton according to the wearer's size, the way the blanket should drape, and how long the length is cut (according to the wearer's preference; mid-calf, ankles or bottom of the heel. Once the supplies were handed out the participants commenced sewing their button-blankets. There were minor mistakes such as sewing on the wrong side or upside-down but our perfectionist button-blanket makers insisted on undoing and redoing work with much pretend grousing and laughter.

When it came time to put on crest designs our instructors advocated for using meaningful designs and traditional process as it was hoped that these blankets would be used during feasts or in traditional ceremonies. Some of our participants approached their chiefs for permission to use certain house designs while others told a meaningful story with their design.

Year end CelebrationEveryone enjoyed this workshop and by the fourth class, the students started taking turns providing lunch on a daily basis. Two of our ladies were so enthused they came in wearing new melton vests and bags sporting their designs - projects they had worked on at night and during the weekend. At the conclusion of this workshop we hosted a mini-luncheon where participants invited family and friends. During the luncheon, the students wore or displayed their blankets and told the story behind its creation. We were even gifted a clan song by a participant's father, a chief of the 'Lax-Seel' clan.

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If you are interested in learning how to make a button-blanket, sign up for our workshop using the application form. Please ensure that you fill out all required information.

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Once enough applications are received then we will schedule a "Button-blanket" workshop.