The Iseum of Quimera Create your Medicine Bag Compiled by Anandha Ray
Directions for creating a Traditional Medicine Bag
Cut your shape
So you have sewn up seven holes,
back down and all the way around the bag to the top of the other side, and then back down seven holes on the other side to secure the edge without knots.
FIRST YOU CUT THE LEATHER INTO THE SHAPE OF THE BAG:
You can do this by drawing the shape of the bag on paper.
Then to make a bag that size, you need to trace the design ADDING ABOUT 1/2 INCH all the way around to have enough room to lace the bag and turn in inside out.
The bag to the left is cut out and I have cut a piece to be made into fringe.
Mark the fringe holes to line up with the bag and then punch the holes all the way around and on the fringe
Once you have punched the holes, YOU LACE THE SEAMS
TURN THE BAG INSIDE OUT TO LACE IT (the side you want to have show is on the inside when you lace it)
PUT THE FRINGE ON THE INSIDE, UPSIDE DOWN
In a Medicine Bag there are NO KNOTS. Knots stop the flow of energy.
So there are tricks to keep the bag together.
Count down from the top of your bag (I went down 7 holes). Then, starting in the 7th hole lace upward toward the top of the bag.
LACE by putting the needle in and out of each hole.
When you first start, pull the sinew all the way to the end, so that very little is sticking out of the 5th hole.
Only a single strand of sinew is needed.
Pull the thread all the way through so that only a small amount is left at the end of the 1st hole the needle went through.
Sew up seven, then down and all the way around.
Be sure to go through all three layers of the leather when you lace the bottom.
TURN THE BAG RIGHT SIDE OUT
Then carefully cut the fringe into strips.
A Traditional Medicine Bag with fur attached.
NOTE: The fir is attached with a strap, there is no glue or knots.
2017 Bay Area Iseum of Quimera Initiate Katherine
A Prayer bag,
A flap medicine bag,
a traditional medicine bag
and a chanupa bag
made by Anandha