Native beading artist and talented instructor, Greg Bohanan, will present the gourd stitch workshop at the Museum of the Red River on January 25, 2014 from 9-4pm. Spend a full day completely immersed in beading! Learn a new technique or perfect your craft.
Beadwork was introduced to Native Americans in the late 1700s by the Europeans.
Before the introduction of beads, Native Americans decorated with other natural
materials such as porcupine quills, shells, animal teeth, antlers and many others. There
are over 500 tribes in North America and each tribe has their own designs, colors and
style. For instance there are Southwest styles, Northwest coast styles, Plains Tribe
styles and so on. Some tribes will have their own techniques of beading known mainly
to their tribe. However, many Native American artists today will borrow techniques from
other tribes and incorporate them into their own work.
Although there are five basic ways to bead that are common among all tribes, the instructor will focus on the gourd stitch. This stitch is made by sewing the beads in a brick stitch pattern that winds around anything that is cylinder in shape. You will make a beautiful beaded refillable pen. The cost of the workshop is $45 and that includes all materials needed to complete the project. Please call the museum @ 580-286-3616 to reserve your spot.