Seed Bead Amulet Bag

by Kyla Fretwell
(Oregon, Klamath Falls, USA)

Black Rose Seed Bead Amulet Bag

Black Rose Seed Bead Amulet Bag

Another great seed bead design idea...Black Rose Seed Bead Amulet Bag. Find out where to get instructions to make an amulet bag with round peyote stitch and seed beads!

Jewelry Making Inspiration

I was inspired by the Gertrude Stein quote ...a rose is a rose is a rose.... I know it seems simple, but simple is dramatic.

I used seed beads to make this amulet bag. Yes, that is it besides the basic thread and needle.

Jewelry Making Technique

It is hand stitched one bead at a time. I just took a simple drawing that I made and redrew it on graph paper. And, instead of a loom I went crazy and beaded it off loom.

Jewelry Making Challenge

It was not that hard to stitch except when you have to undo a knot or take out a bead that was the wrong color based on the seed bead pattern that I created.

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Beaded Jewelry Making Contest
by: Wanda


Thank you so much for entering your beautiful bead jewelry design in the July 2011 Beaded Jewelry Making Contest!

All of the bead design entries are just lovely, but only one could be chosen as the winning design entry during this contest.

So, here is the winning entry, Bead and Wire Flower Necklace.

The jewelry making contest is a fun and exciting feature of thanks in part to you!

Whatever else you do, have fun beading!


Seed Bead Stitching an Amulet Bag
by: Wanda


What a lovely amulet bag...I love the rose design that you sketched and then beaded. Good beadwork!

For those of you who are viewing this design and are wondering what's it doing on this site about making beaded jewelry, I'm glad you asked.

As you may know an amulet is usually a charm or similar object worn around your neck to guard against injury or evil. Well, you can use this seed bead stitched bag to hold your amulet, hence the name amulet bag, or necklace depending upon your point of view.

In her book Creative Native American Beading, Theresa Flores Geary, Ph.D. tells us that "a special use for this type of amulet or medicine bag is for a woman trying to get pregnant or trying to secure a mate".

What an interesting tradition? Well even if you don't need to do either of those things, you can still make the bag and wear it as a necklace.

In the bag you can keep a few mementos or amulets such as a key, a faith charm or any number of your other favorite good luck symbols.

Though Kyla did not mention which bead stitch she used, you can stitch this seed bead amulet bag using round peyote stitch.

In her book, Creative Native American Beading, Theresa Flores Geary shows you how to bead stitch an amulet bag on pages 115 through 117.

She notes it as an advanced project, but if you are not familiar with peyote stitch you can find out how to bead this stitch, plus a few others, in the book as well.

As the title indicates, Creative Native American Beading, shows you how to bead nineteen beginner, intermediate and advanced seed bead projects that have Native American themes.

Thanks Kyla for sharing this seed bead project. It shows us how to think outside the box when it comes to beading...A bag can be a necklace.

Happy beading!


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