How to Do Beadwork
How to Do Beadwork is a fundamental book on the craft, covering every aspect in full, not only patterns and operations but selection of materials ? which beads to use, what type of thread, even what size needle. The very lucidly organized text starts the reader off with the simplest projects to complete, five bead chains (some with tassels), and works up gradually to woven works. For weaving beads, instructions are first given for constructing a good, basic loom from a few simple objects, and then directions are detailed for eighteen different chains, various patterned fobs, three belts, and an interesting card case. A slightly more complicated process of weaving follows, diagonal weaving without a loom, and many items to be made in this way (including a particularly beautiful purse with butterfly design) are fully described and illustrated step by step.
There are also projects for those familiar with needlepoint or other canvas work, like handsome bags with fringe, and if you knit or crochet there are half a dozen evening bags and purses you can bead. Also included are directions for making lampshades, including an interesting pattern derived from a Sudanese costume; hangings; and decorating burlap curtains. And there is a special chapter devoted to projects for children: an easy-to-make loom for weaving belts, chains, etc., and simple and well-illustrated directions for chamois shirt and bead trim, moccasins, five bead chains, etc. For those interested in the history and ethnography of the craft, Miss White discusses the beadwork of the primitives, concentrating on the artifacts of the North American Indian (many of which are pictured), but also paying attention to the work of such cultures as the Egyptian and Eskimo.
Whether you're a craftsman looking for new and exciting projects, a devotee of Indian arts, or a parent eager to find suitable home activities˙for rainy days, How to Do Beadwork is a treasury of delights. Even the novice can create colorful and interesting designs with the right assortment of beads, thread, needle, and the carefully laid out patterns and easy-to-follow instructions provided in this book.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Strung Chains II
The Loom 29
The Weavers Knot
A Sidebag and a Chain
A Cardcase Worked
Spoon Chains Beaded
Buckskin Shirt Hat
Knitted Purses and Bags
Other editions - View all
12 needle background baroque pearl beads are strung beads see Fig beads wide beadwork blue bobbinet brought buckskin bunch burlap Candle-Shade cat-eye centre Ceylon chamois colour crochet cut beads dark beads edge Egyptian lotus fastened ﬁat ﬁfth ﬁnd ﬁne ﬁnished ﬁrst bead strung ﬁt ﬁve ﬂat iridescent fringe gold bead gold-lined crystal beads green beads GUSTAV STICKLEY half an inch inch of seed inches long inches of iridescent Indian iridescent seed beads knit knot large gold large iridescent large round pearl light bead light-blue bead loom loop medium iridescent medium oval meshes nine orange olive-green opalescent beads pale-blue pale-yellow papoose pattern pearl beads piece purse-silk roller sewed sewing-silk shades shells shown in Fig side silk small iridescent small oval bead spool strands strip strung chains three gold seeds tiny wampum warp threads weaver's knot white bead white crystal beads white linen thread white opaque beads widening wire woven