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Intro to Traditional Beading


with Adeline Potts

Calendar Sep 21, 2018 at 12 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Traditional Beading - Han Athabascan Style
Fridays, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

Adeline is offering this two-day class to beaders who are first-timers who would like to learn some basic techniques used by native women doing this beautiful beading. The classes are also open to beaders who have some experience and want to expand and strengthen their skills, learning more advanced techniques.

You will learn how to paint with beads, creating beautiful designs in the traditional style of the Han Athabascan people of Alaska. The beading will be done on a felt background, so you will be able to attach your finished piece to a purse, moccasin, shirt or other article of clothing or frame it for your home. Bring your favorite sewing tools; if you have none, they will be provided.

You will learn all the basics of beading, including the preferred tools and materials, how to choose beads, and various stitches to use. Adeline will provide a number of Han Athabascan designs for you to choose from, and you will have a chance to learn about the Han Athabascan culture.

About the instructor: Adeline Potts is a Native of Alaska of the Han Athabascan tribe. She has had extensive experience beading professionally, creating intricately-beaded wedding garments and beautiful Moosehide moccasins. Adeline enjoys teaching, passing on the traditional skills to others. She and her husband spent over 30 winters living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, fishing, hunting and trapping.

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