Programs - Extended Projects

Button Blanket - School Project with Rhoda Merkel

Have your school sew a button blanket of the image design of your choice.
Design suggestions:  Your School Logo, Salmon, Bear, A Yukon Scene, the seasons, Fireweed, Raven, etc… 
The older grades can design the image; the whole school will sew buttons onto the blanket. The artist will provide instructions as to how to choose a design, the steps to assemble a button blanket, and how to sew the buttons on to it. 

Grade Suitability:


Maximum Class Size:

Whole school in groups or one class

Time Required:

Design: 4-8 hours Sewing: 4-8 hours

Material Required:

Supplied by artist. (Wool, buttons, sewing needles, thread, beads)

Material Cost:


Language of Instruction:





September - June

Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda was born and raised in the Yukon, is a member of the Tahltan Nation and is a passionate First Nation culture promoter, educator and artist.  She has a studio in Atlin, B.C., where you can find her sewing, beading, painting, and moose tufting, writing, or preparing for school teaching sessions.  Rhoda has been working in Yukon schools for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 30 years.  She is available to do small or big projects, in all communities, has worked in every grade level and is Available for Sky is the Limit projects.

Contact: 250-651-7668 or 867-335-1761


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