Dating beaded purses - Native American Art- Cherokee Beadwork and Basketry


I’ve also collected some vintage patterns for beaded bags, and years ago, I took a one-day class to learn to knit a beaded bag.  The finished project was to be a small bag, necklace- not purse-size.  I must confess when the instructor handed out our double-point size 0000 knitting needles and thread not much thicker than sewing thread, I realized I’d probably never be able to knit a purse as wonderful as the patterns I had seen.  But I did get a real sense of the technique for many of the bags in my collection and the hours and dedication that went into this handwork.  We learned to string the beads (solid color for this first attempt) and to knit our small bags.  Using size 0000 needles took some getting used to, and the metal needles slipped out of the stitches easily, so my first attempts were frustrating.  I must confess that even this small project is only half-finished, waiting in my to-do box for a time when my brain, eyesight, manual dexterity, and patience are ready to return to those tiny needles and beads.


Dating beaded purses

Dating beaded purses