Some common Lakota beading patterns include traditional, tribal, symbolic and quilting patterns conveyed with beading techniques. The Native American beadwork techniques include the lane, the overlay, the transmontane, the gourd and the brickwork patterns of stitching. The type of stitching used depends on what type of article, bead and pattern is being utilized for the specific design.
Popular Lakota beading patterns can be obtained for free online from websites like Beading Daily or from books available from book retailers such as Barnes and Noble. The Nook eBook "How to do Traditional Native American Beading" is available as a free download.
The Lakota People began the tradition of beadwork, especially using fine seed glass beads, when European traders began using beads for barter and trade. Traditional Lakota beading is often used in jewelry and clothing design.