Needle Woven Beadwork
Small glass beads were introduced to both the African and American continents when contact with Europeans was made. Initially used as a trade item, the beads were soon incorporated into items of personal and decorative adornments. In the hands of artisans and craftsman, the beads were not only strung on a single string but soon evolved into "fabric-like" forms. Some of these were created on a loom while others were made with a needle. In the workshop students will be taught how to do the Comanche stitch, also called the square stitch, which only requires a needle. Once students master the basics of the stitch, they can design and make a bracelet, necklace or other object. The designs can also be used to decorate baskets and other items.