Have you always wanted to learn how to make beautiful aboriginal-inspired designs? How did the bold colors and complex beadwork come about? How can you capture the tradition of Native American bead designs into your jewelry? Beading Daily answers these questions and more with this free eBook, dedicated to American Indian beadwork history, techniques, and designs.
In this free eBook you will find four free American Indian beadwork projects, along with two bonus articles about the history and necessary tools for traditional beadwork designing. Start simple with the Painted Desert stringing project to explore the many combinations and uses of color in stranded designs. Explore the structure behind the peyote-stitched tube necklace for a masterpiece that only looks complicated. Then take a lesson from the experts on using a bead loom, and try your hand at two gorgeous bead loom patterns. Explore the creative possibilities for each free beadwork project and enhance your skills with step-by-step instructions for each technique.
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Here’s what you’ll find inside.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at crafting, but wasn’t quite sure where to start, these four free handcrafted jewelry projects will be the perfect way to learn some new, creative jewelry-making techniques. Discover new ways to use your favorite jewelry-making supplies like resin, paper, and even recycled materials to create unique handcrafted pieces. Get inspired with ideas for incorporating unusual materials in your bead embroidery and off-loom bead-weaving projects, too – these craft projects can be done with any medium.
Learn About the History of Beadwork in North American Nations
David offers a compelling history lesson all about aboriginal beading. Learn how glass beads and early trading in North America coincided, and how seed beads made their debut. Then discover how first Americans used fancy beadwork patterns to help show their appreciation for warriors post World War II. Decorating celebratory clothing for veterans who returned home from the war was a huge honor. Learn more about beading history when you download this free eBook today.
Traditional Beading Tools & Types of Beads
As with any artistic endeavor, choosing the right materials for the project is critical to its success. Fortunately for beadworkers, the tools and materials used, other than beads, are not many and may already be in your craft stash. From beading looms, to specific lighting, David covers all of the essential tools and materials needed to succeed with North American bead designs. Native Americans created their awls using buffalo shoulder or leg bone, but the materials available today make creating your own awl a cinch. Also learn about thread, cutting tools, pliers, needle cases, and much, much more.
DIY Peyote Stitch Necklace
Peyote-Stitched Tube Necklace by Donna Chiarelli
The excitement of doing a peyote stitch project is twofold. First, there is a wonderful variety of colors from which to choose. Second, the potential for unique patterns is unlimited because the more you work with color and design, the more possibilities you will find. In this particular beading pattern, Donna uses red, yellow, and blue, adding light and dark orange to achieve a more gradual change from yellow to red. The contrasting colors make this beadwork pattern eye-catching and the shape makes the finished piece especially unique.
Make a Beaded Loom Bracelet
Stones and Roses by Stacey Neilson
It is easier than you think to create your very own loom beadwork. Follow Stacey Neilson’s step-by-step directions to learn how to use your bead loom to your full advantage. Learn how to create this gorgeous bead loom pattern bracelet, using rhinestones with a channeled metal backing for easy thread work. Take advantage of this design feature by prestringing the rhinestones on a bead loom and then weave a cobblestone texture between them. Download your free bead loom patterns and get started using your beading loom today!
Bead Stringing Project
Painted Desert by Lisa Kan
Lisa was deeply inspired by the colors of the Southwest- turquoise, burnt orange, sienna, and tan. The interplay of color and various shaped beads adds textural interest in this Native American beadwork pattern. This is the perfect quick and easy project for beaders all skill levels. Download your free eBook today to create your own inspired stringing project!
Make Bead Loom Pendants or Earrings
Ojibwe Pendant by Mary Thompson
The Ojibwe Pendant is a very old loom beadwork technique. It was invented by the Ojibwe people of North America. It is woven in a continuous strip, around triangles of unbeaded warp threads. The warp threads are pulled, bringing the sections together. It is a time-consuming project but the end result is well worth the effort. As with any beading project, the bead weaver must first determine the size (bead-width) and bead colors. Try Mary’s beautiful pattern or use these techniques to design your very own loom beadwork. This bead loom pattern will teach you beading loom techniques to expand and refine your skills.
Get inspired native American bead designs and pay homage to the many cultures and nations of North America.
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