Native American Beadwork: Projects & Techniques from the Southwest

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2003 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
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Beadwork has been steadily gaining popularity among crafters, and no area of the genre garners more interest than the intricate designs of the Apache, Comanche, and Lakota peoples of the American Southwest, who use their designs to relate legends and pass down tribal lore.
Here are 15 authentic projects using such traditional stitches as the flat netting technique, flat and circular peyote stitches, the Comanche weave, free-form feathering, and more. Projects include a Leather Medicine Bag, a triple strand Fetish Necklace, a Kokopellia Amulet Bag, Navajo Corn Earrings, and others, each accompanied by a rich explanation of how the colours, shapes and combinations of materials interact to tell a story. The instructions cover tools, choice of materials, special ceremonial beadwork and use of a loom to create special effects, while abundant colour photographs and illustrations provide a visual guide to an art form that reflects the spectacular natural beauty of the American Southwest.
 

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Contents

CONTENTS
9
SONORAWEAVE CHOKER
17
NETTED GOURD
21
FLORAL BRACELET
27
BONEHAIRPIPE BRACELET
33
LEATHER MEDICINE BAG
37
TRIPLESTRAND FETISH NECKLACE
43
BEAR EARRINGS
47
CORNSTITCH EARRINGS
61
PHOENIX KEY RING
67
KOKOPELLI AMULET BAG
73
NETTED BASKET
79
POWWOW PERFUME BAG
87
KOKOPELLI PIN
97
Native American Spirituality
105
Bead Design Graphs
109

COMANCHEWEAVE
49
FEATHER
52
CHILE PEPPER
57

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