Date: August 4th, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Register By: August 1st
Project- Introduction to Native American Beading This class will be held every 1st Thursday as long as we have students. Because of gas prices we will need at least 4 students per class to make it worth the artist’s time. So tell your friends to join this class to learn a Native American traditional art form.
Deborah Clairmont (Medicine Prayer Woman) will introduce Native American beading, explaining the history of beads and how the Native American’s used them. Her first project will be to make a beaded barrette or pin. Each month, Medicine Prayer Woman will introduce different techniques and projects for the artist to create their own art.
Barrette Kit- $35/kit comes: pattern, piece of brain tanned leather, 4 hanks (tubes) of beads, 4 beading needles, pelon or felt, bobbin of thread.
Or buy your own
Beads: 4 colors of glass beads 11/0 Toho Japanese Seed Beads in tubes, or 11/0 Czech Seed beads on hanks Make sure to buy enough to do project- matching beads is like matching yarn- difficult. If hanks- buy one hank each color to be used, tubes- depending on if small tube or large tube. 1 hank equals a large tube of beads. To be safe buy extra.
Beading Needles: 1 package, John James size 12 sharps
Thread- Size O or A or D Nymo (bobbin or spool) * recommend spool any color
Felt- 1 sheet of any color stiff felt that can be sewn.
Leather- at lease 4” by 4” scrap leather (pig or lamb suede) Tandy Leather. Brain tanned leather is expensive*
Scissors, Bic Lighter, small needle-nose pliers
On-line Suppliers: Shipwreck Beads, Beadaholique, The Wandering Bull, Crazy Crow, Fire Mountain Gems, Lima Beads, Tandy Leather.
Local Suppliers: Warpath One Stop, Plummer, ID / Moccasin Flats Trading Post, 302 S Main St, Lapwai, ID / Marsh’s Trading Post, Lewiston, ID
Artist’s Statement: Medicine Prayer Woman (Deborah Clairmont-Ross) learned how to bead when she was 8 years old and has been doing Native American beading for 57 years. As an author, artist, she has worked with different mediums and has made beaded jewelry, barrettes. Necklaces, beaded clothing, beaded leather, dance outfits, and many other pieces of work. She has easily taught 100’s of students along her journey. Her goal is to share her knowledge of traditional Native American beading techniques before it is lost.