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Description of the Beadwork Category

Beads are like gemstones, they enhance our physical and spiritual beauty. There are several techniques and styles of bead embroidery: stringing, loom, brick stitch, peyote and bead on fabric.

Bead on fabric is the most popular style that is used in the SCA. Beads go back 40,000 to 38,000 B.C. and range from shell, bone, teeth,  wood, metal, glass, precious and semiprecious stones as well as pearls. During the medieval period you will find many references to very small seed pearls that were favored throughout Europe.

There are many web sites and books for you to see, I have listed a few of my favorite here for you. Once you visit these sites and read these books, I know you will have a different view of bead work and bead art. (Submitted 10/27/200 by Auriana Ravenstein)

Bead Books

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Bead Webpages

The following links are not official links of the Kingdom of Meridies and are not created, maintained, supported, reviewed or otherwise sanctioned in any manner. They are provided as a service to the Populace of Meridies and are offered on an as is basis. You will be leaving the recognized site for the Meridian Embroidery Guild . Please proceed with caution. - Beadwork

Atlantia's A&S - Beads and Beadwork

Yahoo's Arts and Crafts Directory

Bates, Freida. Embroidery of the Southwest .

SCA-Arts Listserve Citation Index :

The Medieval Beadwork Page - Lady Grizel :

Yahoo's Egroup - SCA Bead :

Stickerin, Hildegarde. Medieval/Renaissance Embroidery Page