Nation citizen and loom weaver Janice Dreadfulwater stands
by a loom with a blanket she donated to the Cherokee Phoenix
as the 2018 first-quarter giveaway. Dreadfulwater has loom
weaved for about 15 years, learning from her sister-in-law
and Cherokee National Treasure Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice.
The blanket will be given away April 2. (photo by Lindsey
Bark - Cherokee Phoenix)
"Handmade by Janice Dreadfulwater" tag is sewn onto a loom-woven
blanket donated to the Cherokee Phoenix for its first 2018
quarterly giveaway. The drawing for the handmade blanket is
April 2. (photo by Lindsey Bark - Cherokee Phoenix)
TAHLEQUAH, OK For the past 15 years, Cherokee Nation
citizen Janice Dreadfulwater has been perfecting the craft of loom
weaving that she learned from her sister-in-law and Cherokee National
Treasure, Dorothy Dreadfulwater Ice.
Since she was 5 years old, Dreadfulwater said she's always "dabbled"
in some type of craftsmanship.
"I was sewing when I was like 5 years (old), making doll clothes.
My first (craft) was sewing. Then I went over to crochet and cross-stitch.
I've done some silversmithing, and I've done some beadwork. You
know, I've dabbled in a lot of areas," Dreadfulwater said.
Once she learned how to loom weave, she said she thoroughly
"My first attempt was awkward, of course. But once I got the
hang of it, it started going really fast," she said. "It was just
In a two-month span, she said she made approximately 20 loom-woven
Aside from making blankets, she makes scarves and shawls, but
blankets are her specialty.
To loom weave, Dreadfulwater said she uses Ice's loom. However,
she's making her own loom.
"One of my projects is to get my big loom together and hopefully
have a place that I can put it. You've got to have the space in
order to do it," she said. "I'm in the process of putting one together.
I've got the frame made, but as far as the hardware, that's hard
to locate for a larger loom."
She said loom weaving one quilt can take anywhere from a day
to a day and a half. "It takes (time) to get it all set up to start
weaving, which I don't like that part, but it's necessary. The fun
part is actually weaving."
Dreadfulwater said she uses diamond, herringbone and non-traditional
patterns in her work and different-sized yarn. She also said she's
never marketed her creations and has only sold one blanket. She
said she mostly makes them for "enjoyment."
"I'm proud to carry on the traditions that the Cherokee people
have established and to be creative," she said. "I just hope that
whoever receives the blanket respects what labor of love that went
into the project."
Her donation to the Phoenix is a blanket with a diamond pattern.
The drawing will be held April 2. For every $10 spent on elder fund
donations, subscriptions or merchandise, one entry is entered in
the quarterly giveaway drawing.
For more information, call Justin Smith at 918-207-4975 or email
or Samantha Cochran at 918-207-3825 or email email@example.com.