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Post Number:#1  Unread postby mfalconer » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:35 am


Just finished weaving a rabbit skin blanket. Probably 50 (or so) American Chinchilla skins from mostly juniors. Anyway, I am just very excited about it and had to show it off. I also attached some homemade walnut wood buttons to two of the corners so it can be worn as a robe. I could stare at it for hours... The picture doesn't do it justice. There is a lot of character to it...
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Post Number:#2  Unread postby alforddm » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:46 am


That is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby jeannie » Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:03 pm


Wow ~ it's beautiful!!
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Post Number:#4  Unread postby Zass » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:51 pm


Looks wonderful! I bet it's super soft.

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Post Number:#5  Unread postby Rabbitdog » Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:19 pm


Spectacular! Did you tan them yourself???

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby mfalconer » Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:38 pm


yes - all home grown and home tanned using diluted acid-salt solution. Can't wait for next years blanket!

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby caroline » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:48 pm


I would loveto read a tutorial of how you "weave" rabbit skins.
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Rabbitdog » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:10 pm


caroline wrote:I would loveto read a tutorial of how you "weave" rabbit skins.

Ditto!

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Post Number:#9  Unread postby Miss M » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:19 pm


Wow, that's wonderful! I'd love to do this someday! Did you take progress pictures?
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Post Number:#10  Unread postby Preitler » Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:13 pm


That looks great, and warm :P

That's made of twisted stripes of folded fur, woven around strings on a frame, right?
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Post Number:#11  Unread postby mfalconer » Sun May 01, 2016 11:06 am


i didn't take any progress pics. Sorry.. But see http://www.primitiveways.com/rabbit_skin_blanket.html
This is essentially how I made this blanket.
There is very little info online regarding making these blankets. There are also a few different methods of constructing the blanket (weaving vs. looping).
It is very time consuming, but relaxing. A good time to do this is in a garage or basement. There is a lot of shed fur to clean up from cutting and twisting the skins. But the blanket doesn't seem to shed very much at all. I try to harvest the juniors around 10-11 weeks. After that they molt and the skins shed quite a bit. Obviously prime pelts would make a really nice blanket, but I think its worth using the juniors for something like this.

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Post Number:#12  Unread postby caroline » Sun May 01, 2016 5:03 pm


thanks for the link. I am VERY excited to try this with my rabbit skins. I couldn't figure out how I was going to make something
since the only way I could imagine was having to get an industrial sewing machine and now I can see the possibility of doing it
in a simple [primitive] way. HOW exciting is that!?!
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Post Number:#13  Unread postby GBov » Wed May 11, 2016 5:17 pm


That is really really pretty!!!

How does one do it with a raw hide?

And is the cord spun inside the hide strip or is it the weft?

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Post Number:#14  Unread postby JessiL » Fri May 20, 2016 11:54 pm


So you actually tanned the hides instead of just drying them?

Do please write up a more detailed post about the process. I look at the Primitive Ways website about that process regularly, but have been too chicken to try it. And I think a lot of my really sub-prime junior pelts would be best used for a blanket instead of tanned.

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Post Number:#15  Unread postby GBov » Mon May 23, 2016 11:41 am


I have looked and looked but no joy on how to do it with dried hides. As I have about 50 POUNDS of dried hides right now, it would be nice to find a way to use them like that.

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