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L * 6' W (without fringe) Pipe bags are used among Native Americans to store the accouterments for the ceremonial and leisurely consumption of tobacco. Historically, each tribe developed its own style and pattern for a pipe bag. Shown is a Sioux pipe bag featuring lane-stitch beadwork and a section of quillwork. Size 11 seed beads in white, navy, yellow, kelly green, and red 16 x 20 piece of brain tanned or commercial tanned elk or buckskin 16)4 x 8 piece of buckskin 8 x 8 piece of thin...

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The length of the squares from the outside edge toward the center. When you open the piece (after the four half seams) it will look like one big square but the inside corners will fold back to create the opening for the bag (Figure 1). Take the large square and the four connected squares and put their right sides together. Sew the two large squares together all around the outside. Connect the slide strap to the slide ring. Making sure that the strap doesn't twist, sew the handle strap ends to...

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Adjust the spacing of the beads as necessary to compensate for the fact that the bottom has 84 beads on the outer edge and the bag has 92 beads. The natural decreases will pull the tube in slightly and round out the bottom edge. Weave through the beads several times to reinforce the connection. Step 4 Make the edge of the bag lid using tubular peyote stitch. Rounds 1 and 2 Using a yard of black thread, string 96 black. Tie a knot to make a circle. These two rounds...

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OOQOC Q_ 'String 8 beige, 2 olive, 1 Q Q j C-j Lj (_I beige, 2 teal, I beige, 2 olive, 2 beige, 1 teal, one 4mm, 1 teal. Pass back through the 4mm, 1 teal, 2 beige. String 2 olive, skip the next 2 olive on the initial strand, and pass through 1 beige, 2 teal, and 1 beige. String 2 olive, skip the next 2 olive on the initial strand, and pass through the final 8 beige. Pull the fringe leg snug (Figure 2). Pass through the bead you exited on the strip. Weave up through several beads and down...

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Step 6 Add your choice of fringe along the lower edges of the matrices. The sample uses one gold seed bead, one pearl, and one gold seed bead, with each fringe coming from between two of the matrix beads. Step 7 Decorate the drawstring ends by covering the knots with your favorite style of beaded bead. Or untie the drawstring knots, add a large bead to each cord, and retie the knots. The beaded bead in the sample is beaded over both the cord knots. Chris Prussing is a bead artist who can be...

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When you reach the top edge, decrease to cover the top and add a crystal in the center of the top. Embellish the edges of the top with a simple fringe of lime crystals and seed beads. For embellishment, work bugles and size 8 s in spot stitch in loose rows all over the fabric. Using seed stitch, add a row of seed beads around the drawstring hem. Exit between the sixth and seventh up beads at the end of the flap. String 1 violet bronze seed bead, 1 lime crystal, 1 purple octagonal faceted bead,...

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Do you consider your handbag a simple necessity Well, take a seat at the bead table You've got some rethinking to do. There's nothing like beads to spice up a wardrobe, and a beaded bag is a great first step. The thirty bags featured in this book will put you on the right track. A far cry from the rectangular amulet bags that were popular ten years ago, each one of these bags presents a totally new view of the words beaded bag. The variety of shapes and colors will complement anyone's wardrobe,...