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May 2, 2021
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So this is what I've been up to for years as the kids grew up; beadwork. I call it, bead art. That sounds sophisticated for the work that I put into it, right? The photo in the background is a bracelet I made for my eldest daughter because of her love of giraffes. The technique is called Three Drop Peyote Stitch. After the beading was done, I sewed it onto leather to make a nice cuff. It's approximately 7 inches long and 3 inches wide. I loved this project!
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A friend from Norman high school makes regalia for her and her daughters. They practice the traditional tribal Caddo ways, to me that means they come together and have a pow-wow and honor the people they want to honor. When I was on social media I asked her how she beads on an eagle feather handle. Turns out, SHE MAKES the wooden handles in her garage and sells them to Crazy Crow: https://www.crazycrow.com/site/.
Tracy is one of my Native American entrepreneurial inspirations. As a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Fine Arts Department, she truly is using her creativity and seemingly flawless ribbon work. is amazing. She always gave me good feedback too, like "nice stitches," when I post pics of my work on my moccasins. Another neat thing about Tracy is that she dyes shawl fringe and sells her work to a well-known Indian Trading Post in North-East Oklahoma. I'd give you a link but I'm not positive about the name of the store.
Anyway, she told me she uses the "three-drop peyote stitch." I had never heard of such a thing. She told me to, "google it," lol. I did and sure enough, there it was, big as day! I also learned that there's a two-drop peyote stitch technique as well.
Thank you, Tracy Newkumet-Burrows
I googled your name and found this:
Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, Tracy. I'm so proud to call you a friend. I know others appreciate your work as I do. May you have many blessings returned back to you.
You can find Tracy on her Facebook account,
If you do bead art and you are also a stay-at-home parent then you already know the challenges. It's not about the money, although that is the usual exchange for bead art. I earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration and I know I want to be my own boss, I'm a businesswoman.
Social media was a great place where people would see my work and then reach out to me for commissioned work; artwork/bead art they pay me for in exchange for cash. The customer usually already has an idea of exactly what they want. But, sometimes they have a hard time choosing the correct lengths or color schemes. They do not usually demand a completion time nor an early bonus if I finish in record time. (lol) That's what commissioning art is all about.
I would get stressed because I felt I was on a deadline, and didn't want to let anyone down.
In reality, my children were always at my feet and
they were the ones I shouldn't have let down.
I don't like that feeling of stress and I don't like deadlines!
I'm learning how to seclude myself and just be alone and focus on finishing the task at hand.
The change will come when I get in the habit of journaling first thing in the morning, spending time with my Lord and Savior, and read His Word daily out loud!
Complications in my personal life and emotional distress are aligned.
My medications have finally leveled off my mind, will, and emotions.
Medication is not a bad thing altogether. There are bad and there are good
My work has been described by close family as my hobby. I do NOT agree! They say that I can't be going on out-of-town business trips to teach others how to make moccasins because of my children at home. Basically, my place was at home.
I TOTALLY DISAGREE.
My children are very important to me and we are definitely not a cookie-cutter family. We don't live in the '50s where the woman does all the laundry, raises chickens, and collects fresh eggs daily. I'm not a farmer's wife, nor do I ever want to work that hard (lol).
I thank the Lord I wasn't alive in those days.
Native Crosses were from a period of time in the earliest years of beading art and they are some of my favorites.
That first decade of time, where I created about ten Crosses. I gave most of them away as the Holy Spirit lead me. The several pairs of earrings I made were commissioned by a family member.
Artists sometimes forget to take photos of our finished product.
That's me! I've forgotten to take those photos too many times.
After the beadwork is done, The leather backing has to be glued on and the hooks or hat pin, magnet, and bead the two pieces together with a technique called: EDGE BEADING. Then, poof, it's done, son. Don't forget to take several photos with several angles.
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May 2, 2021