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    Hi There,

    First I should introduce myself as I am new to this fourm. My name is Kim. I am from the Algonquin nation. I am fairly new to reclaiming the lost traditions from our family. My Mom and I are going to attemt to make my daughters fancy shawl regalia (she is 7) but I can't find a pattern for the dress. I was just going to use a different pattern but I thought I would ask if anyone could tell me where I find one. I wouldn't be against making a skirt either if I had a pattern. I want to make the dress out of cotton but I am not sure what I should do for the shawl. I see alot of the shawls are made out of bridal satin but I think I should use coton for our first time. Any suggestions? I am also worried about the fringe. If I am using cotton, do I use ribbon for the shawl or do we sew up strips from the cotton we used. Also what size should the bib be? I guess the truth is we are truley winging it so if anybody has any tips or suggestions, I would truley appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance
    Kim

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    hi I'm shadow if you go to Noc Bay.com they have a learning circle you can print off it has patterns and directions for a lot of things I used 3/8 ribbon on shawl or fringe on shawl SuzzeQ4 has wonderful way to do ribbion on shawl good luck have fun at pow wow's

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      Originally posted by shadowoman View Post
      hi I'm shadow if you go to Noc Bay.com they have a learning circle you can print off it has patterns and directions for a lot of things I used 3/8 ribbon on shawl or fringe on shawl SuzzeQ4 has wonderful way to do ribbion on shawl good luck have fun at pow wow's


      loo i was about to tell her the same thing lol ^_^

      Noc bay has a good selection if you need patterns for various things ^_^
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      • #4
        go to the post shawl fringe and you'll see how I do fringe. I recommend the 1/4 or 3/8 ribbon. Where you from? I am Lakota and my husband Mohawk but we live between the Mohawk and Algonquin, I may be close enough to help.

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          I just wanted to thank everyone for the helpful responces. The website it is an awesome one! Now I have more projects to think about. :) I actually I just heard that were is a group starting this month and we will be making regalia!!! I was also told that the have patterns there to use as well.
          SuzzeQ thanks for the offer the help out. I no longer live in the Algonquin area. I presently live in Waterloo.
          Thanks again everyone.
          Kim

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