New Free eBook: 4 Free Native American Beadwork Patterns Plus Bonus guide!

Mar 25, 2011

Having grown up in Minnetonka, Minnesota (yes, where Tonka trucks and Minnetonka Moccasins are born), now living in Colorado, I've been surrounded by Native American influences all my life. I remember stumbling upon old redware pottery shards and arrowheads while camping as a kid. I never did discover any authentic wampum (a bead made by hand from the quahog or hardshell clam), but I never stopped looking.

The history of American Indian beadwork and beadwork patterns is fascinating, and we're pleased to share a brief overview with you from David Dean's Beading in the Native American Tradition in our new Native American Beadwork free eBook. The pictures of the Native American beadwork, and the background of beadwork patterns from David’s book are fabulous. Our free eBook also includes four stunning FREE projects with instructions to get you going on exploring beading with a Native American flair! 

Free Seed Bead Project - Peyote Stitched Tube
Peyote-Stitched Tube
Necklace by Donna Chiarelli

The Peyote-Stitched Tube by Donna Chiarelli is breathtaking. Donna Necklace says the color palettes and pattern possibilities are endless. Once you know the beading technique, you can take off with many other varieties.

Free Seed Bead Project Stones and Roses
Stones and Roses by Stacey Neilson

Stones and Roses by Stacey Neilson is done on a beading loom. This was another popular way Native Americans created jewelry, adornments, and blankets. Most of the stitching we do today is done off-loom, stitching by hand without the use of a beading loom. The contemporary look of rose monte'es (rhinestones with a channeled metal backing for thread to pass through in crossing directions) used in this traditional loom beadwork design puts a bit of the past and a bit of the present together for a delightfully pleasing cuff bracelet.

Free Seed Bead Project - Painted Desert
Painted Desert by Lisa Kan

Lisa Kan's Painted Desert necklace is a splash of the Southwest. The color pallet is luscious and filled with traditional elements such as turquoise chips and heishi beads. The turquoise inlayed silver clasp is the perfect finishing touch to this painted desert necklace, perfect with casual jeans or a night out on the town!

Free Seed Bead Project - Ojibwe Pendant
Ojibwe Pendant by Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson explains her Ojibwe Pendant project is an old loom beadwork technique invented by the Ojibwe people of North America. This piece is woven in a continuous strip around triangles of unbeaded warp threads. I find the process is as interesting as the finished pendant! Mary has two pendants as earrings and I think these would make great key chains, bookmarks, or sun catchers as well.

Seed beads, as we know them today, were traded as early as 1770 and a pound of beads was worth a finished buffalo robe or a good horse. Imagine that next time you're standing in an aisle of seed beads at a bead show! We bead worshippers feel the love for our beads as we create out beautiful masterpieces, but it's nice to know folks have felt they were as special in the past as they are to us today. Enjoy our FREE American Indian beadwork projects.

The best is yet to bead!



P.S. Don’t hesitate to forward this email to your bead-loving friends. Anyone who has been aching to create their own American Indian beadwork jewelry designs will be thrilled with this FREE eBook! Download your 4 free American Indian beadwork projects and free bonus guide to get started today!

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