I learned a new technique this week with beads. I got a custom order for a mouse. She was going to be a mouse that works with beads. So I went to my customers shop to see what kind of work she does to get a better picture and an idea what I could have that little mouse do.
Isn’t that stunning?
I had a general idea of bead weaving. I did some bead work on a loom a long time ago, but that wouldn’t work for my little mouse.
So I googled some bead weaving videos and got started. Believe me, I found a new respect for this work. I can’t remember how many times I poked myself in the finger with this needle. First I had to find a needle that was thin enough to go through the seed beads. My mice are not bigger than 4 inches, so the bead project had to be rather tiny.
Not bigger than my fingertip. I had tried a different colored pattern, but I kept loosing track of which bead I had to thread through. So to make it simple I came up with this.
A happy little beading mouse. I think I will leave this art to people like Max from http://www.kraftymax.net/
I love working with beads. But I will stick to knitting and macrame with beads. Although adding beads to clothes dates back 4000 years.
King Tut had bead work in his tomb, including a pair of slippers he must have worn as a child and a hassock showing captive nations. (Tut didn’t capture any nations, but beadworkers flattered the Pharaoh as well as anyone.) Other early examples tend to be rare because the cloth or leather on which the beads were sewn disintegrate. There are several beaded items in the ShOsO-inTemple in Nara, Japan, dating to the 8th century A.D.
Bead work is recorded in India at an early date. There are 9th century B.C.references to braiding beads into hair and horse tails. Around 300 B.C. Buddhist monks were admonished not to wear beaded shoes. The first reference to bead weaving is from about 1300 A.D.:(http://www.thebeadsite.com/bbi-hist.htm)
Bead work in Europe has a history dating back a millennium to a time when shells and animal bones were used as beads in necklaces.
Glass beads were being made in Murano by the end of the 14th century. French beaded flowers were being made as early as the 16th century, and lampwork glass was invented in the 18th century. Seed beads began to be used for embroidery, crochet, and numerous off-loom techniques.
Bead work is a quintessentially Native American art form which evolved to mostly use glass beads imported from Europe and recently Asia. Glass beads have been in use for almost five centuries in the Americas. Today a wide range of beading styles flourish.
Alongside the widespread popularity of glass beads, bead artists continue incorporating natural items such as dyed porcupine quills, shell such as wampum, and dendrite, and even sea urchin spines in a similar manner as beads.
Wampum shell beads are ceremonially and politically important to a range of Eastern tribes, and were used to depict several important treaties between the Native peoples and the colonists, as in the case of the Two Row Wampum Treaty. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beadwork)
those are the pieces I picked from Zibbet:
I had to pry myself of the screen, there where so many pieces of Art done with beads. Too many to share, but what beautiful work. Take a look for yourself.
These are the ones I found on Etsy:
Which one is your favorite piece?