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Fingerweaving Basics
Author: Findley Gerald L,
Format: Paperback
  • Fingerweaving has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. It requires no sophisticated loom, only the nimble hands of the weaver. Each technique is presented in detail. The instructions are simple and clearly written, and each step is illustrated with color drawings that make the different threads easy to identify. Includes a color photo of each finished weaving. The approach used here makes this craft much more accessible to amateurs who may have wanted to try it but may have been turned off by the complexity of other books on the subject. Several variations are given for chevron stitch, lightning pattern, arrowhead pattern, bead accents, and fringe.

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Fingerweaving Untangled
Author: 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.

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Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns
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"

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maskisina: A Guide to Northern-Style Métis Moccasins
Format: Paperback
  • 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 and also includes a DVD tutorial. 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.

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wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork
Author: Amy Briley
Format: Paperback
  • wâpikwaniy: A Beginner’s Guide to Métis Floral Beadwork is a step-by-step guide book and DVD video which provides information and instruction on Métis floral beadwork. The guide is intended for beginning beaders and includes an historical overview by Sherry Farrell Racette, followed by instructions on basic beading, supply lists and options, techniques and hints, and examples of traditional and contemporary beadwork. Patterns are included in the book.

$24.95

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