The Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give. Cast the Circle thrice about To keep the evil spirits out. To bind the spell every time Let the spell be spake in rhyme. Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much. Deosil go by the waxing moon, Chanting out the Witches' Rune. Widdershins go by the waning moon, Chanting out the baneful rune. When the Lady's moon is new, Kiss the hand to her, times two. When the moon rides at her peak, Then your heart's desire seek, Heed the North wind's mighty gale, Lock the door and drop the sail. When the wind comes from the South, Love will kiss thee on the mouth. When the wind blows from the West, Departed souls will have no rest. When the wind blows from the East, Expect the new and set the feast. Nine woods in the cauldron go, Burn them fast and burn them slow. Elder be the Lady's tree, Burn it not or cursed you'll be. When the Wheel begins to turn, Let the Beltane fires burn. When the Wheel has turned to Yule, Light the log and the Horned One rules. Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree, By the Lady, blessed be. Where the rippling waters go, Cast a stone and truth you'll know. When ye have a true need, Hearken not to others' greed. With a fool no season spend, Lest ye be counted as his friend. Merry meet and merry part, Bright the cheeks and warm the heart. Mind the Threefold Law you should, Three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow, Wear the blue star on thy brow. True in Love ever be, Lest thy lover's false to thee. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.
- Blessed Be -
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How to Make a Hudson Bay Blanket Capote


My question does anyone make these capote’s?

How to Make a Hudson Bay Blanket Capote [1]
(Indian Blanket Coat)
Authentic Winter Garment of Primitive Hunters and Trappers, Mountain Men, Fur Traders, Voyageurs, Buckskiners, Explorers, Hunters, Indians, Muzzle Loading Buffs, and Boy Scouts!
Easily assembled by hand, in three to five hours!


Spread out your blanket and plan to lay out your capote in the illustrated fashion.  Old timers didn't waste things, so try to arrange your pieces to leave the scrap pieces large enough to make mittens, boot liners, neck scarves, and most of all, a sash to tie around your waist to hold the garment closed.  The sash may have to be pieced, depending on size and layout of pieces selected.  Hood may be nicely made from two halves, and joined down the center.


Before you can lay out your pieces, you must take your measurements:

First, figure out how big you are around the body.  Measure the chest, hips, or gut, (whichever is the largest, usually around shoulders).  Don't cheat! 
Mark it down.  GIRTH = ______ inches

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Second, figure out how long you want the coat.  Measure from the center of the shoulder, down as far as you want the coat to go.  Old-timers had 'em mid-calf length (approximately 8" below the knee)
Mark it down.  LENGTH = ______ inches   

Next, measure from the center of one armpit, around the back to the center of the other (no illustration).
Mark it down.  ARMPIT SPAN = ______ inches

Last, measure from the center neck (back) to the outer wrist.  Subtract half of the distance between the arm slits (see body detail for dimensions).
Mark it down.  SLEEVE = ______ inches

Body Detail

Now decide on style, either

Button Closure (civilized), or

Overlap (Wide) Closure (primitive).

Layout pattern, as shown, and note that:

Girth + Closure Overlap is parallel to stripe.

Length is perpendicular to the stripe. 

Remember to add 6" to girth if buttons are used, and 14" if a simple overlap closure is used.

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When cutting this section, snip and tear the blanket to the desired shape.  Cut edges will fray, torn edges won't fray in this wool material.

When the body panel is complete, fold it to find the centerline (backbone), and space the armhole slits evenly on either side of this line, as shown.

The distance between these lines must be equal to Armpit Span + 2" for small sizes, 3" for medium sizes, and 4" for large sizes.  Cut slits approximately 7" deep, which is slightly short.  they should be deepened later, when sleeves are sewn on (see sleeve detail).

Hood Detail

Cut the hood, as shown.  The hood is shown "standard size" which is large enough to accommodate a fur hat under the hood.  For smaller sizes, cut as shown and then pin it together and trim excess, but we like this large size!

Note: Hood can be made from 2 pieces and joined along the center line.  Use Blanket Stitch, and be certain that stripes line up.

Button Hole Detail

Cut a slit just large enough to accommodate button.  Stitch around button hole with "blanket stitch," to protect and finish edge.  Buttons should be centered in their holes and attached last.

Hood Attachment Detail

Stitch from outer shoulder towards neck, 1/3 of width from each side.  Center back edge of hood with center-line (backbone) of body.  Attach hood to this middle third (hood on inside, body overlap on outside), and continue to run hood along top edge of front flap.  Blanket Stitch both inside and outside of this seam, since inside will show when hood is down.

Blanket Stitch Styles

Practice makes perfect, and all of these are simple:

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With cuff (civilized) or

Without cuff (primitive)

(If cuff is desired, add 3 inches to sleeve)

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The sleeve must be cut (not torn).  The 4 inch extension is used for attachment to the body, and shoulder fringe.  Fringe is recommended as being authentic and it aids drying of the shoulder seam.  It can be trimmed off later, if desired.  Do not cut the extension into fringe until garment is complete.  Strands should be at least 1/2 inch wide, as narrow strands may break off.

Blanket Stitch Detail

Learn how to make a "blanket stitch" as shown.  It's easy, just go back with your needle and hook the last cross stitch.  Note that the stitching is directional, and some edges and seams must be approached from certain directions.  Arrange the stitch and direction so that the "chain" line of yarn covers the raw edge.  A little practice on a scrap remnant is worthwhile.  Pin each section and check fit before stitching.

Sleeve Attachment Detail

Fold back the 4" extension, forming a "cuff" at the shoulder end.  Insert this end into the armhole silt approximately 1" and stitch around the edge of the slit with blanket stitch.

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Note: sleeve seam goes at bottom, and that the "notch" out of the shoulder fringe cuff is designed to prevent a bulky wad under the arm.

A capote pattern, Hudson's Bay blankets, as well as Witney blankets are available at:

Track of the Wolf, Inc. 
18308 Joplin Street NW
Elk River, MN 55330-1773
Tel: 763-633-2500 Fax: 763-633-2550

Example of a Hooded Hudson Blanket Capote

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I also found this link:

Original Mountain Man Hooded Capote

158631_tsThis is nice just needs a little color!

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