Free Directions for Beaded Indian Barrettes

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Free Directions for Beaded Indian Barrettes
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Beaded barrettes are one way to decorate hair. Native American bead work is often geometrical, intricate and bold. The colour combination can range from muted to bright depending on the tribe's affiliation. Deep greens and blues mixed with bright yellows and reds show the beauty of the beaded barrettes. The colours used in beaded barrettes do not need to conform to one tribe specifically; different patterns and colours for different tribes can produce barrettes that make a unified statement.

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Things you need

  • Beads-variety of colours
  • Beading wire
  • Barrettes-desired size
  • Craft glue

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    Think about the style of barrette you want. Different Native American tribes use different patterns and colours to represent their affiliations. The Sioux tribe is known for simple geometric designs and basic colours; blue, white and red combine to make intricate patterns. Another popular colour combination for the Sioux is rose with green and blue. The Chippewa tribe featured softer colours and beautiful floral designs.

  2. 2

    Find a website that offers free patterns for Indian barrettes. Free-Beading Patterns offer six styles of beaded barrette patterns. The patterns are done in bright and contrasting colours; however, it is reasonable to substitute other desired colours.

  3. 3

    Print the patterns from the computer and use the templates as a guide for the colour palette. String the beads onto the thread, according to the template.

  4. 4

    Glue the finished bead work onto the barrette. Allow the beads to dry for 12 to 24 hours.

  5. 5

    Add decorative touches like feathers or fringe to the barrettes.

Tips and warnings

  • Be creative with colour combination and patterns for a distinct look.

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