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Linda Shegonee Transcripts

Making sashes 1

Letís see. I was thinking about this as I was making sashes and it isnít an easy thing to do. Each stage of it is time consuming, right from the start where you have to string-up the yarn. Itís got to be a certain tension. Then youíve got to get the part where it holds the yarn together. Then youíve got to measure it for the width of, either if itís going to be a waistband, or an armband, or a headband, or whatever length itís got to be, youíve got to measure that. And youíve got to measure the fringe. But even before that, before you start that, youíve got to figure out the math in your head, not in your head, but write it down however wide itís got to be, five inches, the pattern youíre going to use. Itís all different stages. You canít just start stringing it up, and cutting it, and weaving it. Youíve got to take certain stages.

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Making sashes 2

I just mostly want to stress how thatís really Ė each step is really important. Take time at each step. Youíve got to take care in what you do, the amount of strings you use, and you have to take care of everything. Then when you have it strung up like that, itís like a frame there, like a weaving frame. When youíre weaving, the amount of tension you use on the strings Ė you might pull one too far and it will be crooked like that. Itís all really time consuming. [Thereís] a lot of steps to it. Each step is important.

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Wearing sashes

Men and their outfit they have, they wear them on top of their shirt so you can see the pattern. But the women have to wear them under their shirt or their blouse. So all you can see is the fringe hanging down.

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