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Sewing Buckskin Pouches w/ Rain Hall

January 20 @ 9:00 am 2:30 pm

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About Sewing Buckskin Pouches Workshop

What is buckskin? How is it made? And how do we use it to make everyday garments and useful items that can last  a lifetime? Join our beloved Annual Gathering instructor, Rain Hall, to learn the basic skills for crafting with buckskin. In this hands-on class, learn as you work to make your own buckskin hip/belt pouch or bag to take home!

In this class, Rain will cover:

  • The how’s, why’s, and what’s of buckskin
  • Basic patterning skills and how they apply to buckskin
  • Cutting thong for lacing
  • Using a cool special threaded needle for hide sewing (optional)
  • Use of an awl 
  • Applications of various stitches, including: running stitch, whip stitch, and X stitch

“We are countering waste culture and consumerism by using the often discarded deer hides to make something beautiful with our own hands that was not bought in a store or mass produced.  When we are learning, sharing and using these hide sewing skills, we are re-learning connection to the wilderness, the earth and that which provides and sustains us.” ~Rain Hall, Instructor

Sewing Buckskin Pouches Workshop Details

This class will be held indoors on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 9 am – 2:30 pm near Asheville, NC.

This class is for everyone. We’ll be sitting on the floor in a circle as we craft, so bring a blanket to sit on, or chair if you prefer. Minimum age is 13, participants under 16 need an adult.

About the Instructor Rain Hall

Rain Hall is a homesteader and feral child wrangler nestled in the heart of Piedmont, NC.  Some years ago she was taken with what we call ” Hide Fever ” and has been tanning deerskins into buckskins ever since.  For Rain, hide fever spread into a love for creative buckskin sewing, crafts, and garments. Her favorite way of connecting with her ancestors and  the spirits that be are processing animals for meat and hides, tanning hides, picking berries, and tending the little wild ones as one tends a small delicate fire.

Equitable Pricing Model $95 – $35

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $95: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $65: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $35: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

Which Price Option is Right for You?*

*Please check your pricing options before you register for your first Perennial Workshop. The pricing options are the same for all events, so you only need to do it once!

**NOTE: Prices do not include materials fees, which will vary depending on student projects and will be paid directly to the instructor.  $40-60 for buckskin tanned by Rain, $5 per handcrafted button. Cash or check only.


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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.