Free Native American Seed Bead Patterns (1/28/2013)
For centuries, Native Americans used natural objects like animal teeth, seeds, and shells as beads for adornment on their ceremonial objects and clothing. With the introduction of smaller beads and glass beads from Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, Native American beadwork became more intricate and came to be an important part of each tribe’s cultural identity.
Imported glass beads, first introduced to North American native populations by Christopher Columbus in 1492, had a significant economic and aesthetic impact on Indian material culture. The earliest glass beads were gifts from explorers and missionaries, but in the sixteenth century the small seed beads became an important medium of exchange in the expanding North American fur trade.
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This is called a Crow Stitch because when people were first working out beadwork technology and studying American Indian art, they looked at some Crow pieces and saw that they used this stitch a lot. Not that just Crow people use this stitch, for heaven’s sake, but they did make great use of it! It’s really a nice stitch. It has the affect of an Applique with a lot less work and takes a lot less time.
The dealer stated this was made from pinecone seeds. Which are the pinecone seeds: the reddish brown ones or the black ones… or both? I’m not really sure, so I am in the midst of trying to learn more about it. It’s completely covered with the seeds. Can you imagine the time involved? And this is only a small item compared to the much larger, more elaborate pieces found in Native American bead work!
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I made a quick video showing how I bead a Medallion If I get a good response, I will make more and go into more detail of how to bead. I hope you like this video.. Thanks for watching.
I made another video that shows how to make a Native American Medicine Pouch. It isn’t too difficult to make. Hope you like it!
I made a video of how to make a beaded bracelet. It is longer, and went slower so you all can see it good. I hope that you like this.