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 JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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.