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  1. OLChemist
    03-07-2016 11:12 AM - permalink
    Good for you. I miss going. I'm having to sit things out since I lost my Dad in Nov.

    I am going to write you a good long PM after work. Meanwhile, what is your ultimate target with your beadwork?
  2. Alli3
    03-07-2016 10:39 AM - permalink
    I went to my first powwow and I have to say I was geeking out a bit looking at the regalia; i.e. ooh there's lane stitch, that's applique, that's ribbonwork, etc. I also picked up a shank of really pretty beads (iridescent blue) from a trading post booth and some sinew...not sure I'm ready to work with it but it's not likely I can find it locally anywhere else!
  3. Alli3
    02-27-2016 11:44 PM - permalink
    Thank you for the suggestion; I will definitely be picking some Czech beads up then. My 3 year old has been admiring beadwork with me in books I found at the library, so I'm think some moccasins may be a good early project for me. And I can see what you mean about buckskin! Thanks again for even more help, I really do appreciate it! :)
  4. OLChemist
    02-27-2016 06:33 AM - permalink
    Personally, I favor Czech's. Even though they can be a bit uneven, and some colors are always thicker or thinner than normal. I like the classic aspect ratio. The holes aren't so big that they are hard to get well filled with thread. (In lane stitch, you want the holes as full as possible to keep the work tight.) Most colors are cold-fast; only the metallics and the pearlescent beads will peel or fade.

    Don't underestimate the value of good buckskin. You want it reasonably thick and soft, but not too soft. You want the needle to go in easily. You'll be running it part way through the hide. But the hide needs to have enough body and strength that it can support the weight of the work and the threads won't tear out.

    Some folks use crib pads. They have a good weight and strength. They resist sweat and body soils well. But they don't breathe. And they don't have the spirit of the real hides.

    Oh well, I babble. Later, girl.
  5. Alli3
    02-27-2016 02:29 AM - permalink
    I see what you mean about cheap supplies; I will definitely need nicer (more uniformly shaped) beads before attempting the lane stitch. :p
  6. OLChemist
    02-23-2016 12:42 PM - permalink
    I'm pretty much a self-taught beadworker. My great aunts did a little, but they lived in CA and we almost never saw them. So, I just looked at how pieces were put together and tried it. There is a lot to be said for just diving in.

    I will make one suggestion. Don't buy crappy supplies just because you are starting out. I made that mistake beading with these hideously irregular beads from Tandy and using chamois instead of buckskin. My stuff looked bad until I wised up and used good stuff. It is hard enough to learn without having to fight the failings of the beads and leather.

  7. Alli3
    02-23-2016 02:38 AM - permalink
    Hi! Thank you so much; you've been incredibly kind and helpful.
  8. OLChemist
    02-22-2016 10:27 PM - permalink
    Hi. Good luck with the beading.


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