Sunday, July 6, 2008


Hello and Welcome to my Blog to learn more about me.

"Many Feathers" is a name given to me many years ago by my Grandfather, an original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I, too, am a registered member of the Choctaw Nation.

Here is a photo of my Grandfather.

Because he was so special to me, I designed quilt blocks and made a quilt which I called "Grandfather’s Fan". In Native American ceremonial dances, the men carry a fan.

I also designed a matching "Grandmother’s Fan" quilt.

Native American items I sell in my store are genuine Indian made - by me or other Native Americans.

I served as Executive Director of the American Indian Cultural Center in Amarillo, Texas, for six years. I love making many of the things in my store for sale. Over a period of time, I have developed a method of beading and a copyrighted pattern for moccasins. One of the reasons for opening this store was to help other people with Native American crafts by printing designs onto buckskin/deerskin leather for easy beading and assembly. Here is a picture of me in my buckskin dress.

I use the best commercially brain-tanned deer skins I can acquire and unless otherwise noted, only genuine beads and embellishments. I hope you enjoy browsing through my store and please email me with any questions you may have. I try to fill orders promptly.

For years I have made Native American clothing and crafts. I have exhibited at two major juried Art Festivals - Red Earth and Santa Fe Indian Market. When Madeline Albright was Secretary of State, she started a program - Embassies in Art - and one of my buck skin dresses was chosen to be on display for 3 years at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. Here is a picture of that dress:

To see Native American craft and other items, visit my eBay Store.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Redbird Legend ACEO Art Card Deerskin Beaded

Legend has it that if a Redbird lands in your tree at Christmas Time, you will have good luck all the next year. Here is your Redbird! I have beaded the Redbird and border with #11 transparent seed beads on brain-tanned deerskin.

This Redbird Legend ACEO card will be shipped for $1.50 First Class Mail and enclosed in an acid-free sleeve.

To see more, visit my store category ACEO Art Cards.

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Red House Greeting Card ACEO Art Card

In addition to collecting old books, I collect old greeting cards. This is an old one that caught my eye. The date stamped on the back is indistinguishable but it is very old.

In addition to making quilt blocks of this greeting card, I have reduced it and reproduced it on cotton muslin for an ACEO card which is 3.5" x 2.5". To give the effect of snow, I have overlaid a shiny, sheer fabric.

Shipping is $1.50 and the card will be enclosed in an acid-free sleeve.

To see more art cards, visit my store category ACEO Art Cards.

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Visit From St. Nicholas

Visit of St. Nicholas ACEO card

I have this very old book published and copyrighted by McLoughlin Bros. in the year 1896. It is one of the oldest books I own. It is Visit of St. Nicholas, or The Night Before Christmas, which is the illustrated poem Dr. Clement Moore wrote for his children on Christmas Eve, 1822. Each time I print these blocks, I wonder how many little children have read, or had it read to them, through the years. It is rather worn!

In addition to making quilt blocks of these pages for quilts, I have reduced the last page and printed it on muslin for this ACEO card, which is 3.5" x 2.5". Additionally, I have shown a reduced scan of the page from the book and the back which will be printed on the card. Shipping is $1.50 and the card will be enclosed in an acid-free sleeve.

To see more art cards, visit my store category ACEO Art Cards.

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Years ago, I made my children nap quilts from some designs I drew using old feedsack and antique fabrics. I have now converted these quilt blocks into ACEO cards which measure 2.5" x 3.5 inches. I have shown a scan of the cards which are reproduced on cotton muslin.

Each card will have the title for the day as shown in the #1 block shown in the scan.You will receive all 12 of these little cards, which will be enclosed in acid-free sleeves. I think they would be a nice gift to give one each day for the 12 days before Christmas.

To see more cards, visit my store category ACEO Art Cards.

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Indian Wedding Ring ACEO Art Card

I have a new addiction for which I have found no cure. A friend told me about the little ACEO art cards and I can't stop creating them.

The requirement for ACEO art cards is that they are 2.5" x 3.5". Here are a few of some that I have put in my eBay store.

Indian Wedding Ring ACEO card 2.5" x 3.5" Native American

The Double Wedding Ring quilt block is an old traditional block.

In my Tribe, Fairies are referred to as “the Little People”. The Native peoples of North America told legends of a race of "little people" who lived in the woods near sandy hills and sometimes near rocks located along large bodies of water.

I have reproduced this little, bitty quilt for the Little People, from blocks which I reproduce in my store that are for “Big People” quilts. I am sure that the Little People married too!

This ACEO card will be shipped First Class Mail for $1.50 and will be enclosed in an acid-free sleeve.

To see more cards, visit my store category ACEO Art Cards.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Quotes from Indian Chiefs and Tribes reproduced into quilt blocks

A Native American Prayer quilt block. Use as printed, or bead; it is scaled to a #11 seed bead. There are 60 different Native American Quotes of Tribes and Chiefs in my eBay store.

Native American Quilt Blocks

Cigarette Cards (1910) reproduced for quilt blocks

These are reproductions of old cigarette cards dated 1910, which I have reproduced onto 100% cotton unbleached muslin squares. Visit my Fabric Fotos store where I have more in the Native American Quilt Blocks Department.

Native American Quilt Blocks

Tobacco Cards (1888) reproduced for quilt blocks

These quilt blocks are enlarged reproductions of tobacco cards that were placed in cigarette packages to prevent them from being crushed. There are 50 Old Indian Chiefs from cards dated 1888, which I have reproduced into 6x8 inch 100% cotton unbleached muslin squares.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Hello and welcome to my blog. I’ll introduce myself first by telling you that I am Charlene, a registered member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. My Father was Choctaw and my Mother was White. So, I am kinda like the adage pertaining to a glass of water, "half full or half empty". I choose to say, "I am half full of Choctaw, and half empty of White. I have five children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. My two great loves are Indian crafts and quilting.

I was born many winters ago (Indians referred to years as winters) in Bokchito, Oklahoma. Bokchito is a Choctaw word meaning "deep creek". Oklahoma is also a Choctaw word which means "red people". There are many towns in Oklahoma with Choctaw names. My great-great grandfather was a survivor of the Trail of Tears (the Indian removal to Indian Territory) which occurred during the years of 1831 and 1834. I am very lucky to be able to trace my Native American heritage from 1750.

Here is a picture of me in my Plains Indian buckskin dress which I made:

When Madoline Albright was Secretary of State, she started a program, "Embassies in Art". One of my buckskin dresses was chosen to be exibited for 3 years.

I had a retail quilt shop at one time. Hanging on the wall is a quilt of my Native American version of Sunbonnet Sue.

Now, to tell you what I do. I love selling on eBay, which I have been doing since July, 2000.

If I have a specialty, it is Storybook Quilts and/or Storybook quilt blocks. I received a patent on a process I developed for printing onto fabric using a copier or printer (Patent #4,724,468). I collect old books and vintage greeting cards that belong to the Public Domain (and are copyright free), and reproduce them onto fabric for quilt blocks.

Additionally, I like to make Native American regalia, moccasins, and other crafts. You can see all of these items by clicking on the navigation bar on the left side of my eBay store.

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