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American Indian Beadwork (Beadwork Books) Paperback – 1 Nov 1996

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Reprinted edition edition (1 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829449
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,452,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded the sample of this book as I was looking for guidance as to a good beading book to buy.
It turned out to be the picture of the book which is already on the Amazon website, one page trying to sign me up to a bookclub, and the other page asking me to buy the book. Just the index might have been helpful!
Hence I will not be buying this book. A waste of my time!
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Format: Paperback
There are heaps of great patterns in this book, I have used many of them.
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Great book for leaders its a must
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great source for Native American designs. 2 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read and used this book many, many times. When I was just starting to bead, this book was a wealth of patterns and colors for me. And that was a long time ago. I believe it was written with children in mind, but if you want to see Native American beadwork designs, and the traditional colors that were used, this is the book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start for looking into Native American beadwork 9 Oct. 2012
By Jane in Milwaukee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The last 14 pages of this 63-page book are color plates of designs. The 14 pages preceding those are b&w pictures of beaded items collected by and apparently made by the authors. The first few pages of the book contain excellent diagrams and b&w photos showing exactly how to make the various items. This includes making and using looms and displaying how to transfer patterns onto buckskin or fabric, how to stretch the base material and to applique the rosettes onto the base material.

Bizarrely, the Koshare dancers who feature as the main proponents of the beadwork appear to be a made-up group of Caucasians, similarly to Eagle Scouts, who have adopted the native culture as a devoted pastime. While what they did may be authentic, it's hard to be sure. The authors did indeed travel the country to collect real items from Native Americans, the number of tribes is paltry. The sources of investigation are also somewhat shallow: the Smithsonian, Field Museum in Chicago, Jefferson Memorial and several trading posts on reservations. Not exactly the cross-section the book wants to be.

However, the book is billed a "handicraft guide" and not as an exhaustive study of all that is Indian beading.

This book is copyrighted from 1951 and see this list of other books of W. Ben Hunt:

Native American Survival Skills
The Complete How-To Book of Indiancraft: 68 Projects for Authentic Indian Articles from Tepee to Tom-tom
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The easy, natural way using only hand tools and the woods around you
THE GOLDEN BOOK OF INDIAN CRAFTS AND LORE
Indian and Camp Handicraft
Indian Silversmithing
Rustic Construction
American Indian Survival Skills

He also wrote about making flat bows, several books on whittling and other rough-hewn activities. Interesting guy. Get this book just for the novelty alone. But it is helpful to get you started on beading.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginners book for Native Style Beadwork 29 Nov. 2009
By Apple Blossum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have sold this book for years in my store, Blue Hawk Beads in Pendleton, OR.
It is a very good book for beginners who may be overwhelmed by more extensive instructions yet it still contains ideas, patterns, and good pointers for the more experienced. There are numerous looming patterns and others in the back.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book but not for total beginners 4 Feb. 2014
By UV - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book for beginners. It is also nice to know a little about the backround of native american history in beadworking. The book shows in much detail how the beading is done. Also as for a total beginner as I am, I miss details of the materials tu use. This is why I gave only 4 stars out of 5. As others have posted one can find many colored ideas for designs as well as in black and white. I would buy this book again but for a beginner it should be combined with the Beadwork Techniques by Scott Sutton.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American Indian Beadwork 15 Sept. 2007
By Betty A. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative, describing in detail how to do various types of beadwork, primarily loomwork. The color illustrations are beautiful, but the problem is that many of the designs in this book have been used by foreign near-slave-labor workers to produce cheap beadwork that is imported into the United States almost literally by the ton. Therefore a user should be very careful about chosing to use patterns directly from this book without any alterations in color or design.
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