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Native American Beadwork: Projects & Techniques from the Southwest Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402703309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402703300
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Much beadwork today is derived from various ethnic customs and designs, using contemporary styles to update very traditional patterns. Geary, a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, employs the best of her birthright in following this trend. This how-to is distinguished by a number of reader-friendly features: extensive background information on Native American beadwork, both in general and specifically about each design; 18 projects, each indicating level of difficulty and incorporating one new technique; and a photographic glossary that begs to be transformed into its own book. The Southwest dominates such projects as bear earrings, a kokopelli pin and amulet bag, a medicine wheel pendant or pin, and corn-stitch earrings. Each includes step-by-step illustrations, color photographs, charts when necessary, and possible variations. It's easy to see why the very act of beading can be a perfect relaxation therapy. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author

Theresa Flores Geary, taught by her mother and elders from the San Carlos Apache tribe, has been creating beadwork since the age of fourteen. Besides making jewellery and other beaded objects, Theresa has developed a line of bead kits that she sells to museums, gift shops, and retail outlets throughout the USA. She also teaches beadwork classes. The author lives in Arizona, USA.

More About the Author

I am a retired clinical psyhologist with a long standing career in Tucson, Arizona. In my retirement, I am spending time writing books, beading and always looking for new bead art techniques. Another wonderful hobby is organic gardening and growing gourds, which I also love to bead. For the latest creative projects and gallery of friends, see www.beadbible.com.

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Instructions are precise and very understandable.
Sylvia Elam
Within one week of receiving this book, I had completed three of the projects and designed a fourth, based upon one of the author's patterns.
Lizbeth Archer
Her different beading techniques make this book a must have for every beader!
Laura D. Moreno

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lizbeth Archer on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I came upon this gem while searching for ideas for using a packet of porcupine quills which a friend had purchased for me during his travels. I ordered the book online, based solely on a review which sounded promising. Little did I know what a treat I was in for!
The photography is stunning and whets the reader's appetite for undertaking the projects. The photos of the projects in various stages of completion are very clear. There is no difficulty in counting individual beads or determining where one row ends and another begins. In addition to the photos, there are diagrams which illustrate traditional stitches, as well as project patterns. Written instructions are explicit and complete. Ms. Geary has added a beadwork glossary, again with crisp photos and easy-to-follow diagrams. This is an indispensable reference for beaders, offering information on beading topics, in general, and Native American techniques and components, in particular.
In addition to the eighteen projects in the book, Ms. Geary has provided a succinctly and elegantly written introduction to the role of beading in history and particularly among Native Americans, e.g., its spiritual, cultural, and economic significance. Each project offers a brief, but very informative, introduction on the geographical and tribal origin of the piece or technique, and suggested variations, designed to spark the reader's own creativity.
Within one week of receiving this book, I had completed three of the projects and designed a fourth, based upon one of the author's patterns. This is a resource I will return to over and over, both for specific information and as a springboard for my own imagination. In the meantime, I'll be looking for more of Ms. Geary's work!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura D. Moreno on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a beader from Tucson, AZ and have bought many books on beading throughout the years. I was very impressed by the completeness of the Beadwork Glossary that included photos in Ms. Geary's book, as well as the easy to understand directions for the different projects. Her different beading techniques make this book a must have for every beader! Can't wait for her next book! Inspired in Tucson.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Elam on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author has indeed educated this anglo on some very interesting Native American traditions. Her writing is superb and the photographs of the completed projects are divine, thanks to Nancy Palubniak, photographer. Instructions are precise and very understandable. The step by step illustrations are also comprehensive and easy to read. I have been a collector of Beading Books for 12 years and this is my favorite, so far. I highly recommend every officianado of Native American traditions and beadwork purchase this book for their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hocking on October 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent for describing technique. It's easy to follow and do. There are lots of interesting patterns and techniques you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

There is nothing traditional about what is described here. These are techniques for modern dodads and keychains. Still, it's great fun.
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By Ethelann on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was purchased for a dear friend that is really into bead work. She loves the book, says it has many new projects she had never seen in any of her other craft books.
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book came in perfect condition...I had bought the book awhile back, but it got away from me. NEEDED a copy, again
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