Posted by Clabair on August 20, 1998 at 20:24:17:
In Reply to: Re: Le Voyageur posted by Marcia on August 20, 1998 at 19:50:52:
: Dear Clabair...
: Okay, I was really impressed with all your details of making your clothing, and doing your own weaving, and the rest...UNTIL you got to the part about soaking the quills from a roadkilled porcupine in your MOUTH!! ACK!! The things we learn on this board! From brain tanning to spit soaking...what a wealth of information! I take it frontiersman's saliva has more softening agents in it than spring water?
: I knew there was some reason I head out to the woods wearing my OWN clothes, sans decorations...never had to spit on any of 'em! ;o)
I guess I should have said that after they are pulled from the hide (by the way, was cleaned,salted then dried) the quills are clipped and washed in warm water with Dawn dishwashing soap and a little bleach before they are dyed. They are very clean. By putting 1 or 2 in your mouth at a time, you don`t have to worry about having a bunch of soggy quills when you finish. I read that warm saliva does soften them quicker.
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