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Beaded Earrings: Techniques & Designs
Authors:
Rex Reddick
Format: Paperback
Today beaded jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are still extremely popular, especially those made in a Native American style. Using Beaded Earrings, readers can learn a craft that has delighted humankind for generations. This simple, concise guide contains easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions to teach techniques to both beginners and beading experts. Readers are taught twelve basic patterns that can be combined to make more than thirty-five different kinds of earrings. Instructions are also included on how to create one-of-a-kind designs. Beaded Earrings includes page after page of full-color illustrations that show how to make many different styles of traditional Native American earrings, including basic dangle variations, as well as Brick Stitch, Gourd Stitch and Bugle Bead. The techniques learned here can be applied to necklaces and other types of jewelry, as well. Instructions come complete with recommendations on the types and amount of beads and supplies to purchase and a list of practical suggestions to help readers avoid common frustrating errors.
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Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans
Authors:
Scott Sutton
Format: Paperback
This book is in a class by itself. Featured are dozens of full-color photos of both Indian and in-Indian made beadwork from museums, collections and today's marketplace. Instructions are accompanied by large, highly detailed, step-by-step color photos and illustrations. Four styles of beadwork are covered: loom, two needle applique, lazy stitch, and the gourd (peyote) stitch. Presenting both basic and advanced techniques, the author also includes detailed instructions on how to make and bead moccasins.
$25.95

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Blackfoot Craftworker's Book
Authors:
Aishath Shehenaz Adam
Format: Paperback
This collection of photos of traditional accessories, clothing, cradleboards, utensils, and more is a look at Blackfoot material culture at its finest. History of the styles, descriptions of techniques and materials, and information about daily and ritual use of many of the items are included.
$15.95

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Costumes of the Plains Indians
Authors:
Clarke Wissler
Format: Paperback
Drawing from the numerous samples found in the American Museum of Natural History, anthropologist Clark David Wissler examines styles of shirts and dresses worn by Blackfoot and other Native peoples of the plains.

Full-color images capture the many details of weaving and decoration on the costumes pictured. Historical reference material provides information about the making, use, and symbolism of these garments.
$23.95

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Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
Authors:
David R. Montgomery
Format: Paperback

Crafts and Skills of Native Americans is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made Native Americans famous worldwide as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can replicate traditional Native American living by trying a hand at brain tanning, identifying animal tracks, or constructing a horse saddle. Readers can even make distinctive Native American beaded jewelry, a variety of moccasins, headdresses, and gourd rattles. Native American style is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in the American West.

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240 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

$22.95

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Craftwork Techniques of the Native Americans
Authors:
Scott Sutton
Scott Sutton's latest craft book expands on the knowledge and skills presented in his first book, Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans. This volume presents eight new beadwork projects in which Scott includes personal, little-known tips that he has developed from his extensive experience. Each lesson has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by full-color photographs and detailed illustrations. Projects include medallions, belt buckles, barrettes, loom-beaded belts, scalp feathers, flat fans, moccasins, and small dance bags. Each section contains information on selecting the necessary materials, tools, and supplies.
Both novice and experienced crafters are guaranteed many hours of pleasure
creating these beautiful Native American objects. Beadworkers can use their
new skills to produce other items or create their own designs.
$25.95

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Creative Native American Beading: Contemporary Interpretations of Traditional Motifs
Authors:
Theresa Flores Geary
Format: Paperback
Following her successful Native American Beadwork, Theresa Flores Geary offers up another beautiful collection of traditional beaded projects, all using contemporary tools and materials. The techniques range from simple stringing and Apache Weave to Circular Peyote Stitch. The 19 highlighted jewelry and accessory projects include a Huichol Lace Sun Catcher and a Ladder Chain Bracelet (perfect for beginners), along with advanced-level projects like the Waterbird Pendant and Sun Rosette Medallion. In addition to the patterns and guidance on technique, there’s fascinating background information on the myths and legends that inspired each design.
$21.95

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Cross Stitch Patterns Based on Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art: Book 1 Thunderbirds
Authors:
Jim Gilbert
Format: Paperback
The first of a series, this book contains the three full-size colour cross-stitch patterns from the West, Mid, and North Coast shown on the front cover. Patterns are full size and are approximately 37 cm x 27 cm (14" x 11") with each based on accurate, tradional designs. Also included is a First Nations area map, Aboriginal art within a cultural context, Aboriginal designs used in cross stitch explanation, illustrated cross stitch instructions.
Soft cover, 8 1/2" x 11", 36 pages.
$19.95

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Fingerweaving Untangled
Authors:
Carol James
Format: Paperback
This publication is a welcome addition to the literature on the ancient craft of fingerweaving. Carol James, an accomplished Winnipeg weaver and teacher, has dedicated over 20 years to the art. Her knowledge and sash reproductions are based on the detailed study of historical artifacts and are housed in various heritage institutions such as the Manitoba Museum and the Musee de Saint-Boniface.
$24.95

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First Nations: Art Projects and Activities
Authors:
Butch Dick
Format: Coil Bound

13 lessons in basic shapes and designs at the junior and secondary level, 17
projects at the elementary level.
1. Salmon model
2. Totem pole
3. Mask
4. Paddle
5. Village
6. Story
7. Symmetry
8. Complete design
9. Drum
10. Calendar
11. Christmas decorations
12. Blanket
13. Headband
14. Sun design paper fold
15. Bookmark
16. Canoe model
17. Potlatch

$32.00

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Focus on Feathers: A Complete Guide to American Indian Feather Craft
Authors:
Andrew Forsythe
Format: Paperback
This comprehensive guide is one of the few books available on American Indian feather craft. Includes detailed explanations of feather craft projects and techniques. Readers are taken through the process of selecting, straightening, trimming, splicing, and extending feathers. Also includes eleven feather craft projects ranging from old-style bustles, wing and tail fans, clusters and wheels, hair decorations, and a Northern Plains-style bonnet.

Learn about ornithology, reproducing raptor feathers, feather alterations, feather adornments, and the use of feathers in historic artifacts.

Over 50 color photos of feathers can be found in the reference section; color photos and detailed drawings accompany all projects.
$23.95

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Guide to Indian Quillworking
Authors:
Christi Henslen
Format: Paperback
Quillwork, once practised by Great Lakes and Plains Indian tribes, has inspired Christy Ann Hensler to save this delicate art from extinction. Mrs. Hensler's detailed step-by-step instructions and how-to sketches describe the techniques of quillworking, from plucking and preparing the quills, to finishing the product. Based on the original methods used by the Indians, Mrs. Hensler has brought quillworking into the twentieth century with her contemporary quilled creations. Color photographs from the Denver Museum of Art collection depict the fragility and richness of many antique items. Beautiful examples of the author's own quillwork display the many modern applications of the art.
$9.95

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Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns
Authors:
Horace R. Goodhue
Format: Paperback
Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs Bead Loom Weaving and Bead Embroidery - An Illustrated "How-To" Guide

This how-to guide provides beaders with over 200 illustrations and photographs of 47 bead-work pieces. The emphasis here is on traditional Native American techniques. The patterns include Ogalala Butterfly, Peyote Stitch, Apache Leaf, Zig-zag, Potawatomi Weave, and Lakota Chain among others. Includes sources for supplies, notes on knots and threading, and an illustrated section on how to make an Indian Bead Loom. Other techniques explained are pendants, ear drops, rosettes, applique, and sewn beadery. A complete beading resource.

Expanded to 80 pages in 1989, reprinted in 1993, this has been the best introduction to Native American beadworking since 1971.

Please Note
While it has been updated and reprinted, this book is older and has black and white images and smaller print. This may present a challenge for beginning beaders who are used to more modern photo or video tutorials. Patterns in the book do not provide directions for finishing pieces from beginning to end but rather show the basics for different weaves that you can then use your own creativity and intuition to complete. This book is a product of its time, but it is still a wonderful resource for those seeking to learn more about beading and for preserving indigenous arts and culture.

Suggested Audience: intermediate/advanced beaders or those who are familiar with older beading books and patterns.

Reviews
"A treasure chest of beading knowledge, much of which I've never seen anywhere else.... My only quibble is that the book layout and printing is very outdated (almost nostalgic, in fact, for someone who's been doing beadwork as long as I have.) There are few photos to show what a particular pattern looks like when worked up, and the charts are quite rudimentary. For a curious, motivated beader, this can make the book a happy adventure. You never quite know what you'll get when you start a new pattern. I particularly enjoy this creative aspect, but it does heighten the learning curve for beaders who are used to working from well-illustrated texts that are now standard in beading books and magazines, as well as making it difficult to scan the pages for a particular pattern." - Urbanspinner

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80 pages | 7.06" x 9.98"

$15.95

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maskisina: A Guide to Northern-Style Métis Moccasins
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Métis;

maskisina: A Guide to Northern-Style Métis Moccasins is a follow-up to the highly successful wapikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Metis Floral Beadwork. Much like wapikwaniy, maskisina guides readers, step-by-step, on how to create their very own moccasins. It contains detailed photographs along with each step. It also includes a historic overview of moccasins by Sherry Farrell Racette. Patterns for cutting the correct sizes for the soles and vamps are included in the book.

$24.95

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Native American Moccasins: A Craft Manual
Authors:
George M. White
Format: Paperback
First published in 1969, this expanded third edition is an excellent reference for both collectors and craftspeople. Detailed instructions for measuring, patternmaking, fitting, and construction guide the crafts worker in producing a wide variety of authentic Native American footwear that's tailored to each individual's foot. Readers are provided with a fascinating overview of the history of indigenous footwear in North America and an in-depth Introduction to rawhide, leather, and buckskin by G. D. Wood. Patterns for 28 moccasin types covering over 30 tribes - including the Assiniboine (Alberta/Manitoba), Kootenai (British Columbia), and Yellowknives (Northern Territories) of Canada - are featured along with new instructions for making Plains hard-sole, Northern Plains soft-sole, and Cherokee/Southeastern-style moccasins. Also included is a brief history of the tribes, additional resources, and website references. Forty-one full-color photographs accompany the patterns, along with 22 historic period photos of camp life, tanning hides, individual chiefs, and more.
$18.95

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