Native American Loom Beading – K1014

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Children Ages 9 - 12

Wendy Ellsworth

DATES: August 3 – 7, 2015

Ages: 9 -13 / 9am – 12pm

Dive into a journey of exploration into the wonderful world of beading! Drawing from the rich tradition of Native American beading techniques, the students in this class learn to bead directly onto soft, supple leather using needles and thread. We use a simple lacing technique to turn our beaded masterpiece into a fringed pouch that can hold many small treasures. We learn to weave on a traditional bead loom using colorful embroidery threads for the warp. There are many traditional bead designs to choose from, and students are encouraged to make their own unique patterns. Native American stories and myths are woven into each day’s activities as well as different beading symbols and their meanings.

WENDY ELLSWORTH has been beading since 1970. She helped set up an artist-in-schools program in Colorado and teaches classes nationally and internationally to all ages. She has made six trips to Kenya to work with Maasai and Samburu beading groups. Her book, Beading – The Creative Spirit, was published by SkyLight Paths in 2009.

Tuition: $275 / Studio Fee: $15 / Registration Fee: $25

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