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While A Quillwork Companion is not a quilt book, it is a special interest guide on a very particular needlework subject. Written as a step-bystep guide for the beginner and the more advanced practitioner, it describes all aspects of quillwork from the location and preparation of the materials to the stitches used to create the designs. This volume is an important reference for those who wish to master the techniques of this North American Indian craft. -- From Independent Publisher

About the Author

With strong beliefs in the desireability of a more simple lifestyle, Jean Heinbuch is at home in a tipi and lives in one at present in Shelton, Washington. She has, however, discovered and purchased some land in upstate Idaho and plans on moving her lodge and belongings to that location in the near future.

She discovered porcupine quillwork in 1972 and immediately became fascinated with this unique art form. After finding this craftwork, she set out on a trail of discovery and visited most of the major museums in this country and talked to every "expert" she could find. She is known nationally for her expertise in this art form. As a testimonial to her success, she now makes her living doing quillwork decoration and repairing quillwork for major collections and museums.

This is the first book written by Jean Heinbuch; her second book on porcupine quillwork, is titled A Beadwork Companion and is project specific.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Eagles View Publishing (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943604257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943604251
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1997
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Ms. Heinbusch does all re-creators of indigenous American culture a great service with the publication of her book. The basic techniques of porcupine quill work embroidery have long been available in various published forms. Much of the old techniques have been lost forever and we the modern crafters need to do our best to re-learn , recreate or create new techniques. Ms. Heinbusch, very early in her book, reveals a treasure trove of her personal experimentation in the dying of the quills. She has been able through trial and error to get a beautiful simulation of the "old time" colors using modern fabric dyes. She spells out the eaxct formulas in almost foolproof recipes. The book included photos of the completed techinques as well as illustrations in the working of the particular technique. A useful chapter in making buckskin had been included and here too, Ms.Heinbusch is free with tricks and tips. I have a few quilling tricks up my sleeve that are not revealed here, but the quillworkers that taught them to me have sworn me to secrecy. I have never met Ms. Heinbusch, yet she has given freely of what she knows to those that learn it, Thank You
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sage Sorcerer on August 27, 2007
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This should be one of the first books you purchase on the subject. The instructions are clear and concise. The photos help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Barr on April 5, 2009
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This book is absolutely the best book on quillwork I've ever seen. It has everything you would ever want to know about it. I'm so glad Jean Heinbuch decided to write it. Preserving the art for future generations. I had no idea it was so involved but the explanations were easy to follow and the large drawings were just perfect for seeing what to do. THank you for writing this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. K. Appler on July 7, 2013
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Many are aware of the importance of indiginous products in the history of trade. They need to remember too that the bead appeared in the the same year as the percussion lock--1830. This leaves reenactors, or flintlock muzzleloaders assembling a historically accurate kit, no choice but quillwork products if they wish to imitate the things Euros traded for with the Indians in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This book is a no-nonsense guide for those who wish to learn an important North American craft. It permits people like me, who can claim no connection whatsoever to any tribe, the ability to learn this skill, if that is a good thing.
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It is hard to find a teacher to teach porcupine quilling where I live. This book gives the best step by step instructions on how to do this dying craft. It gives you instructions on how to brain tan your own hides and how to make your own quill dyes. I found some instructions online but they were not as detailed as this book is and the picture diagrams were bigger and easier to see and understand. If you want to learn this quilling craft, this is the book to get. Thank you for this book.
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By Norriene Gowing on December 18, 2009
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A most excellent book. I felt as though the lady was sitting with me explaining the techniques and steps to be taken. Excellent drawings and good pictures of the work. Loved her sense of humour in describing how to obtain quills - road kill obviously is not the only way, and it can be dangerous, depending on the road.
Many thanks to Jean Heinbuch for writing this book.
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I was more than pleased with this book! the instructions and pictures are the best- very easy to understand. I love the pictures!! A wide variety of techniques are used and all very easy to do with the help of this great book! EXCELLENT! Thanks so much!
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