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Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs Bead Loom Weaving and Bead Embroidery - An Illustrated "How-To" Guide Paperback – September 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bead-Craft; Revised edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961350318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961350314
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Horace Goodhue, widely respected in the world of beadwork and well known as the author of "Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns," died at home early in the morning on July 16, 1997. His book, which has sold thousands of copies, documents more Indian beadwork techniques than any other book ever published. The book was a labor of love for Goodhue. "His mission was to carry on the beadwork of Indians, even when some of the younger people were not learning the traditions from their grandparents," said Orpha Goodhue, his wife. Although not a Native American, Goodhue held a deep respect for these people through many contacts over the years. "Horace loved people and gained a great deal of energy from them. He listened to people and related to them through their perspective." All beaders are deeply in his debt.

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Customer Reviews

I hope Horace is beading in Heaven!
Prsilla
This book was the first book on beadwork that I purchased and I still come back to it.
Gillian Buchanan
Now I own his book and can read for myself.
Joyce Y. Barnette

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Diane Fitzgerald on January 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Horace Goodhue can be credited with being the first to document many Native American beadwork techniques. Between the pages of this little book, there are more techniques than any other I know of. Goodhue died a few years ago at age 96, but during his life, he devoted a great deal of time to learning about the Native American culture even though he was not Native American. While the book lacks the color examples prominent in many current books, it compensates with a wide variety not found in other publications. For anyone serious about doing beadwork, this book should be on your shelf. While the directions may seem a bit cryptic at first, due to their brevity, they are well done and will provide much stimulation for anyone who does either contemporary beadwork or Native American beadwork. Don't miss this book!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Prsilla on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I can ditto everything Diane Fitzgerald says -- and I have her books as well. After I became familiar with the weaves in the book, I translated them to fashion colors and created many lovely items which I sold. By adding fringe or texture, by using iridescent or matte finish beads, by "driving on the shoulder" so to speak (i.e., doing an unstructured Oglala Butterfly around a featured handmade large bead), I could make all sorts of new looks. The diagrams are clear. I photocopied several to color with my own color scheme ideas before undertaking a project.

But I have to say this book quite saved my life when my life was falling apart. I had someone I loved in the hospital with a head injury, not even expected to live. I held a stressful job and the rest of my life was not going well at all. I began working Mr. Goodhue's book, working every weave. Culling seed beads through a magnifying lamp, listening to music or to books on tape, I could forget my problems for 45 seconds at a time! With this book, a few colors of size 11 beads, a package of needles and some size B or D thread, you'll have hours of fun and a lot of bracelets! And a whole lot more. I hope Horace is beading in Heaven!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gene on August 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my kids about 5 years ago and they have become real professionals now and are still beading at 17 and 19. We haven't found a better one yet. This is a great bock to start with
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Buchanan on July 28, 2005
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This book was the first book on beadwork that I purchased and I still come back to it. It has an amazing collection of different techniques many of which have been further developed in other books. There are some superb black and white photographs illustrating the patterns but it can be difficult to work out which illustration in the photographs is referring to which pattern. However the black and white typed illustrations (remember this book was written in the days before most people had computers) work well and the accompanying text gives clear instructions for each pattern in the book.

This is one that will remain a treasure on my beadwork bookshelf for many years to come.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M.Corrine P on July 19, 2008
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The illustrations are simple but difficult to follow. Pictures are in black and white so I was unable to get a sense of color patterns. It does however, provide how to information for the largest selection of designs and beading styles of any book I have. It is an older edition than most beading books and I like that. This book would probably be more useful to an intermediate beader than a beginner.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Keri M. Peardon on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book a number of years ago and it has always been my favorite. After seeing some little beaded Indian men and women on necklaces in a craft store in Cherokee, NC, I wanted to learn to make some. Goodhue's book is the only book I have come across which has instructions for the little dolls (although I don't think he has a picture of them). The only thing that would make the book better is some larger, color pictures of finished products, but at least you can't beat the hand-drawn diagrams for bead placement and thread direction. I had never made a decent looking daisy-chain until I came across it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jay Thomas on June 10, 2000
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This book is essential for all beaders at any level, including beginners. The directions are easy to follow and include illustrations. Lots of great stitches and patterns. A book you will refer back to again and again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1996
Format: Paperback
Horace Goodhue's book is a terrific guide for beaders of all levels. While the drawings are simple black and white line drawings, the instructions are written beautifully. It is easy to follow, well-illustrated (black and white photos of the "end product"), and a must for every beader. I find myself referring to it often and I've been beading for a long time. There are many weaves that Mr. Goodhue covers that are not covered anywhere else. This is a personal collection of patterns, stitches, and weaves that he's collected through the years. I highly recommend this book for beaders of all skill levels. Its information isn't duplicated anywhere else in one volume
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