Native American Beadwork Patterns

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Native American Beadwork Patterns

Book title: Native American Beadwork Patterns

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Author: Barbara Houdeshell (Maka Nah*i Wee Ya)

Editor: Denise E. Knight

Book Description:
The patterns in this book are presented in the three formats most popular among beaders – colored freehand drawings; non-colored freehand drawings, and patterns drawn on size 11 beading graph paper. These last two can be copied and the colors filled in by the beader. The patterns can also be used for embroidery and painted works.

Designs include Sioux Star with a Bear Paw, Buffalo Spirit, Red & Yellow Arrow Geometric, Red & Black Geometric, Four Feathers, Sunburst, Blue & White Geometric, various Butterflies, Medicine Buffalo, several Flower patterns including Tulips, Roses, Steeple Flowers, Christmas Flowers and more, Orange Rosebud, Dove of Peace, Christian Crosses, a Jesus oval, Turtles, Feathers, more Geometrics, Dragonflies, Star of Joy, a Horse, a Fish and more. The Medicine Buffalo Pattern includes an illustration showing how to place beads within a pattern.

All the patterns can be enlarged or reduced in size to fit a particular area and they can be combined to form more complex patterns. Templates for popular beaded items such as barrettes, bolos and hairties are provided, but don t stop there – use the patterns for belts, hatbands, bracelets, pouches, wallets, purses, jackets, fans and anything else that can be decorated with beads.

There are 24 photographs of beaded pieces that show different patterns and combinations, including Bear & Salmon, Medicine Wheels, Roses and several Geometrics. Most are detailed enough to show how the beads are sewn into the pattern. Beade items shown include bolo ties, a belt, breastplate center decoration, belt side tab, vest, barrettes, kneeband, armband, and a bustle center.

May your creative juices flow as you use this book! 48 pages in full color. 142 illustrations. Every beader should own this new book of authentic Native American designs.

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