Early tubular beads were made from bones of mammals, birds, fish or reptiles. Stones, wood, berries, seeds, claws, hoofs and teeth were also used as beading material for ornaments and decorations.
http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glasbead.html This site has examples of different tribes bead art and resources from Native American websites.
Another good general site on beads, culture, meanings http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/beadmenu.html
Introduction of the glass bead to America http://www.nativetech.org/glasbead/glassour.html
Cultural value of beads http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/art_bead.html
Excellent example of a beaded Lakota Woman's buckskin dress symbolizing the turtle who is associated with woman and the creation of life. http://www.artsmia.org/world-myths/viewallart/dress_keyideas.html
Examples of Men's special shirts and the decoration on them
Article on the traditional Sioux crafts being revised
Bead Weaving Techniques and Analysis by Shelly M Smith and Tara Prindle
Beadwork Designer (Excellent Interactive website) Play around with this to
design patterns and for fit.
For Planning Loom work or Lane Stitch projects
More techniques http://www.kstrom.net/isk/art/beads/art_bea2.html
Tips on Sewing Beads to leather
Appliqué Techniques with Glass Beads
Lane Stitch Techniques with Glass Beads
Edging Techniques with Glass Beads
Floral and Geometric Design Building Blocks (Patterns)
Woven Wampum site included for its early loom style http://www.nativetech.org/wampum/wamphist.htm
Weaving beads on a loom http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/anthro/beads/loom_weaving_lesson.html
Liquid Silver Necklace, simple, but elegant
Spirit bead is in neck at bottom. 2 dark blue beads together in the line. This is my sister's first attempt at beading a bottle and she used wire to string the beads on.
|June's pipe detail. Excellent example of beadwork.|
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