Native American Beadwork

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Local Gemstones: 3 Gemstones Of the Adirondacks

I don't remember the precise moment when I discovered the world of magical or metaphysical gemstone properties, but it seems like I've known there was something special about gemstones and gemstone beads all my life. As an undergraduate in college, I loved studying geology and learning about the physical and chemical structures of some of…

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Fall Into My Favorite Beading Projects

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year. I love how the cooler temperatures give me an excuse to break out my snuggliest sweaters, warm socks, and comfy quilts. Add some hot chocolate for breakfast every morning, a warm fire in the wood stove, and the incredible view of the trees in the…

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New Dimensions in Bead Crochet with Adele Rogers Recklies

From Jennifer: While most people think of ropes and purses when they think of bead crochet, Adele Rogers Recklies thinks very differently. This New York City-based bead artist has been taking bead crochet through uncharted territory with her modern interpretations of bead crochet snakes and three-dimensional bead crochet objects like pine cones. It just goes…

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Flowers in Native North American Beadwork Exhibit

I love beaded flowers, as you've probably noticed from the photos in two recent posts ("10 Ways to Tackle the Tassel Trend" and "Create a Seed Bead Flower Accent for Gift Packaging").  I have a feeling I'm not the only one who finds Native American beadwork enchanting, so I'm sharing a sneak peek of a…

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Beading Adventures with Flat Peyote Stitch

When beaders say that peyote stitch projects are great for beginners and a favorite among beadweavers, I have to say that I heartily agree. Peyote is the stitch that I started with when I began my first beadstitching project last January, and although I’ve experimented with herringbone and brick stitches, I have thus far continued…

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Micro Seed Beads

Recently as I worked on an earring project featuring size 15° seed beads, I wondered how some of the tiniest micro seed beads could be used in beadwork. I found a few samples online of beautiful Native American beadwork such as dolls, horse collars, tapestries, and clothing adorned with the antique Venetian beads. These Barbie-sized…

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Infuse Your Beadwork with Native American Symbolism

Native American beadwork has a rich heritage of symbolism through the use of colors, gemstones, and animal totems to tell stories and convey meaning. If you're looking to infuse your beadwork with a few special and meaningful symbols, check out some of these suggestions for including symbolic beads and colors in your next beading project.…

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Bead Fest Santa Fe

Bead Fest Santa Fe is just around the corner (March 14-17)! I always look forward to this annual bead show in beautiful New Mexico. Anyone who has ever been there can tell you why, but here are my favorite things about this sassy southwest show: 1. The instructors are fabulous. Every year, the Santa Fe Bead…