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Where can you find free Indian beadwork patterns?

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The Beading Daily craft website offers a free e-book of Indian beadwork patterns, which includes both stringing and loom-based projects, as well as an introduction to the history and tools of Indian beadwork. A search on Pinterest also results in many free patterns and ideas for Native American bead crafts.

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When searching for free Indian beadwork patterns, using a specific search term, such as the name of a stitch or technique, can provide more results. The AllFreeJewelryMaking website offers many patterns using the peyote stitch, for example, or patterns for bead loom weaving. Most of the patterns are for bracelets or other jewelry. Adding the desired type of project to a pattern search on crafting websites helps in locating free and relevant patterns.

Those who want to see examples of Indian beadwork can visit Brilliantly Beaded, an online exhibit of Native American beadwork from the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. The exhibit includes a bibliography for more information about the pieces of art. Visitors who are particularly inspired can create their own loom beading patterns based on the Indian beadwork examples, using templates such as those found at Fire Mountain Gems. The printable templates are keyed to the type of stitch desired.

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