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Porcupine Quillwork Classes

  • Mason County Historical Society 427 West Railroad Avenue Shelton, WA, 98584 United States (map)

Join the Mason County Historical Society in downtown Shelton WA to learn the lost art of porcupine quillwork at this beginner class taught by instructor & artist, Anita Malone.

Porcupine quillwork is an ancient Native American art used particularly among East Coast and Plains tribes. The art was later used in Europe, Canada, and in the Northern United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each tribe has different styles. Some tribes embellished bark with quill insertions while others used soft leather. The quills, which when dry are very fragile, are soaked in water and the sharp ends are removed.  What is left is a tube that will allow a tiny needs with thread to be drawn through it.  The quill can be gently curved or laid straight to create simple to very intricate patterns. 

Instructor Anita Malone states that quillwork for her is very simple and creative.  Every pattern is beautiful and may be used in a number of ways.

All materials for the class are provided. Suggested donation of $15 per class. Registration is available at this link.