For centuries the North American Indians had decorated their clothing with quill embroidery, but it was not until European traders came to this country that they learned to use colored beads. By the nineteenth century beadwork had become one of their great arts. In this book Robert Hofsinde, an expert on many aspects of American Indian culture, explains how to construct the bead loom itself and how to work out attractive bead designs. Patterns for such practical articles as moccasins, coin purses, and book covers—which can all be decorated with beadwork—are also given. All the necessary materials are easily obtainable, and the author's detailed instructions and clear diagrams will enable anyone to follow the bead designs and make these articles himself.
Indian Beadwork is full of suggestions that will keep boys and girls happily occupied through many summer afternoons, winter evenings, and rainy days. By including methods for working out original designs, Mr. Hofsinde also opens up exciting creative possibilities for the further development of these skills.
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