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ANASAZI STYLE NEEDLE WOVEN BEADED NECKLACE

The name "Anasazi" was given by the Navahos to rival Native Americans living on this continent. Roughly translated it means "Ancient Enemy". The Hopi tribe are descended from the Anasazi. To my knowledge needle woven jewelry of this kind is no longer being created by Native American people.

I'm still working on mastering needle woven jewelry. The design possibilities are endless. I feel as if I have stumbled upon an art form that is grand and glorious and worthy of all the skill and hard work it demands.






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Pink and gold glass beads are strung upon warp threads. Weave colors are soft shades of pink and accented within the weave with pink glass beads. These necklaces by their nature tend to be fragile. The glass beads are heavy and weigh down the warp threads. Over time the warp threads can fray and break. I however use C-lon cord for the warp. This is a very strong, stable cord and will withstand many years of abuse with no fraying. In addition I use the beads as a kind of "Brake" to keep the warp from slipping. Wherever you see a gold bead it is doing double duty. Not only do the gold beads lend a bright golden sheen to the necklace but they also serve to keep the warp threads in place.
This OOAK hand woven, beaded necklace ties around the neck by a pink knitted cotton band and closes securely with a large mother of pearl button.. It was needle woven by hand on my 12 inch peacock loom.
In this necklace I experimented with number 30 cotton crochet thread for the weft thread. At first I was a little disappointed with the look of it but once I had added the gold and pink glass beads it seemed to come together. I think one trick is to not get too crazy with too many colors. I tend to overwork things. I have learned that in this as in so many things "Less can be more."

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This necklace is beaded with silvery metal beads. It was woven by hand on my Peacock loom.



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*distaff

I made this distaff for my Country Craftsman spinning wheel out of five stair balusters. It still needs to be sanded and stained to match the wheel.

**peacock loom**
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I now have four looms. But by far this is my favorite. It is a "Peacock Loom" made in the forties. Has lovely little hand carved gears which keep the warp snug as a bug in a rug.


**spinning wheel**
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