Advanced Skin Sewing & Selling, June is Coming in April!

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jan Yaeger

June PardueFree workshop with expert
skin sewer

June Pardue!
Tuesday, April 8 through
Thursday, April 10, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Seldovia Conference Center

June is coming in April! Seldovia Village Tribe is bringing expert skin sewer and instructor June Pardue to town for a free, three-day workshop. June will be teaching advanced skin-sewing techniques, and will also share her expertise in marketing craft items as a business.

SVT LogoJune is a world-renowned Alaska Native artist who works in a wide variety of traditional art forms. She weaves fine grass baskets, designs and makes jewelry, crafts beaded headdresses, and designs and sews skin and fur garments and accessories. Her work can be found in museums throughout Alaska and in private collections world-wide.

June is also a fantastic teacher. With her help, workshops participants will learn a variety of stitches while making a pair of deer hide slippers with fur trim. She will also teach about different types of hides and furs and how to use them to get the desired look in a project.

Hand made slippersThis is a business workshop as well as a sewing session: June has years of experience as a working artist, and will share her knowledge about the entire process of turning crafting skills into a business. How can you use social media like Facebook, or sites like Etsy, to market your items? What should you keep in mind when taking photographs of your items? How do you cultivate good relationships with customers to keep them coming back? What about getting paid? How should you package and mail your items once the sale is made? June will talk about all these topics and more!

The workshop will be held at the Seldovia Conference Center from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 8th through Thursday, April 10th. The workshop is free and all materials are provided, but space is limited, so sign up soon! To reserve your spot, contact Jan at 435-3245, or by email at

As an extra treat, June will be available on Monday, April 7th in the Seldovia Conference Center to give folks a hand with any unfinished projects that may be sitting around from previous workshops. Bring in that half-sewn pair of slippers or the mitten you didn’t get time to sew trim on, and turn it into a finished product!

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