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Big Book Of Indian Beadwork Designs (Dover Needlework)

Over the centuries, Native Americans have used beadwork to ornament clothing and a wide variety of ceremonial and utilitarian articles. Now you can create colorful, interesting designs of your own with this beadwork design treasury featuring scores of Indian motifs: buffalo, kachinas, eagles, feathers, lightning bolts, and more.While many of the patterns appear in color-coded charts for beadwork, others can be used in appliqué and embroidery projects, as patterns for stained glass creations, and in numerous other crafts. Easy-to-follow diagrams enable even beginners to create a striking array of gorgeous authentic motifs that will add rich, ornamental touches to T-shirts, vests, blouses, handbags, belts and headbands, cushion covers, table linens, and many other items.An inexpensive way to create beautiful gifts for friends and family, this user-friendly design book will also introduce you to a time-honored craft practiced for centuries by the first Americans.

Series: Dover Needlework

Paperback: 80 pages

Publisher: Dover Publications (January 12, 1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0486402835

ISBN-13: 978-0486402833

Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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It is in black and white, a minor problem for just doing the designs off the pages. But I solved that problem by coloring them in. There are 3-5 designs on most of the pages, not all really Native beadwork but well worth the price for ALL the designs for LOOMERS! It is hard anymore to find a book with so many loom ideas and this one is FILLED with them. Ther are a few small mistakes in a couple patterns but nothing worth complaining about. This is not an instruction book! Be warned you need to know how to do beadwork to use this book. Photo copy the pages so you can work on colors of your own choosing other than the ones offered if you don't like the combinations. It is a book you can get use out of for years!

I recommend this book because it has a lot of interesting and unique designs. A must for anyone interested in American Indian beadwork.

I highly recommend this book because it offers a vast array of designs to choose from. Every design is unique and individual and will give your project a one-of-a-kind look.

The Good:This book is great if you want a LOT of designs....55 pages of bead loom designs alone, not including the bead appliqué.It doesn't waste your time with instructions, so know how to use a bead loom!Love the variety of patterns-it has a lot of Indian beadwork patterns, that aren't all from American Indians. *more details below*The Bad/my frustrations with it:I went through coloring ALL 55 pages of the black & white patterns in this book...& wish the author had done the same. There are a multitude of errors. Some are minor, but some are major like bead color codes that either aren't on the color you don't know what to color them. You can *usually* figure it out if the color code was somewhere on the page or in the same series of designs. But sometimes you have to be a bit creative...not a problem if you desire to use different colors.Note that the title of the book is *Indian* beadwork designs. Not Native American Designs (if that's what your looking for). It has more of a Meso-American feel. Note to any "Ancient Alien" Theorist bead loomers out there...some of the depictions of people/things are seemingly not of this earth.Also, I wish there were notations on what tribe/area the designs came from. There is no source, but I'm sure that the designs are authentic because I've colored other boos with some of the same designs.Overall, mixed about the book

I agree with nearly all the reviewers here in the favorable comments, but want to add one observation: the examples in color photographs on the cover of this book don't have patterns inside the book. I feel if a beadwork pattern book has photos, patterns of the photos should be included. I wanted the morning glory pattern, nothing like it inside.

I was so excited when I received this book. There are lots of wonderful patterns to do. It is in my opinion the best bead book I have found so far. thank you...

The peek inside shows you a few designs for straight beading (like for bracelet or ribbon). When i received it, I discovered that it had many designs that were pictures (like the eagle on the front.)It is also somewhat harder to read the charts when they are in only black and white. But that you can see in the look inside sneak preview.

I will admit that I am a little disappointed with my purchase of this book. Don't get me wrong, there are dozens of designs here enough to keep you busy for a long while. But there is no color to the pictures-yes most of them give you a color key, but it is very difficult to read on the Kindle.So, to conclude my review, I will say this: if all you are looking for is ideas, this book is definitely for you; if you want a little more "something", save your money & keep on looking. :)

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