These objects were likely made as part of a cottage industry by two Cree women, Mary Gladman and Jane Renton Vincent, or possibly by their granddaughters and nieces. Both women were the widows of Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders. All these objects use a similar style of colours, threads and clear glass seed beads, as well as a rosebud floral motif. The striking consistency in design and craftwork showcases our ancestors’ high level of skill in embroidery and needlework. Many of these mid-nineteenth century pieces were made as goods for trade or sale.