This e-Book has a large pattern for the beadwork. I also give
step-by-step instructions for assembling the feathers. I used
photos for most of these instructions. The beadwork is done in
Even Count Tubular Peyote Stitch. The handles are fairly small
in circumference so the beadwork goes quickly.
I am not Indian nor do I imply that these designs and construction
methods are those the Indians use. These are my own "Paleface
Beaded Feather" designs!
Many cultures use decorated feathers in their rituals. In
the Santa Fe area I see fabulous feathers with beadwork, leather
and charms. Indians call them "prayer feathers" and
use them to speed their prayers upward. The feathers are also
used in many of their dances. A "dance fan" is made
with a large handle and many feathers. The feathers are often
wound with colorful thread around the quill.
Please be aware that the feathers of migratory birds are illegal
to own. You can use the feathers of macaw, maribou, parrot, domestic
duck, goose, turkey, chicken, parakeet but no eagles, hawks,
owls or any bird that flies south. Many of the Trading Post stores
have turkey feathers that are painted to resemble the eagle feathers.
You'll find a lot of feathers for sale on e-Bay. I
have a page of links on my site to help you find legal feathers.
Have fun making your beautiful beaded feather!
Feathers come in many shades so choose your feather first
and match the beads to it. I will give a color key for the ones
I made but you will need to match your own feather. In most of
the patterns I used a white background to make the designs easier
to see. It also saves a lot of ink this way.
Technique: Even Count Tubular Peyote
Approx Size: 5" excluding feather
Pages to Print: 4
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