I just finished this pair of Southern Plains style tall top moccasins. They have been a idea I have had rattling around in my brain for some time, but I never seem to get the opportunity to do much open work ( as most of my work is spoken for as I make it ).
These were made using lightly smoked, brain tanned hide which I had stored about 20 years ago. I painted them with trade pigments, and beaded them using 13/0 Czech cut beads and 24K Gold 13/0 cut beads. The buttons are Czech glass buttons.
The soles are rawhide, and I constructed them like classic Southern Plains moccasins are made, using a welt when I sewed on the sole.
I had also purchased the glass buttons some time ago, and knew when I first saw them what I wanted to make with them.
The backs of the moccasins. I wanted these to feel "Happy" and whimsical. And I find more and more my work taking a environmental theme, and these and some other work which I will be making soon will deal with protecting the water. Dragonfly's to me, are all about water.