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October 19, 2011 6:23 PM Subscribe
New Hobby; Need Help. Colorful bead art like the pieces that Mardi Gras Indians wear... how to learn?
posted by sestaaak to sports, hobbies, & recreation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
On a recent trip to New Orleans, I got to go to the House of Dance and Feathers and see some of these huge amazing feathered outfits that weigh up to 200 pounds and have the most awesome pictoral beading. I mean, pictures of two handsome Indians with visibly washboard abs lighting a fire while their horses drink from a river, for instance, all in beads, and the whole thing less than a twelve inches across! Up close (and checking out the back), I could see and feel that every bead was individually sewn into place, every sequin, in careful little rows.
The founder of the museum, a former Mardi Gras Indian Chief, told me that the pieces of beadwork are called "patches," and if you google image "mardi gras indians bead patch," my god, do you see? Aren't they insane?
So how do I do that?
I know I need canvas, a frame, and outlines of my illustration to follow.
But then what? The clips I've seen on Youtube of Mardi Gras bead art utilize a hot-glue gun, which I totally don't want, it's super cheating. I want to sew every bead and every sequin like a chief does.
But how? Anyone know any good guides? Is this comparable to an existing craft form for which there are books I can read and learn from? (I don't want to cross-stitch or embroider, I want big-ass, heavy, full blocks of beaded color illustrations when I'm done.) Crafters and Beaders help a girl out! Where do I begin?