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Braemar Tartan has 40 seed beads "across" (width) with 80 rows; its finished size is 2 1/4 " by 3 3/4". It has a 27" bead couched neck strap and a chamois back. During the weaving process I, also did square stitches back through each bead, so each row is as tight to the next row as possible. The 25 different Delica colors that create the Braemar beaded tartan are: gunmetal, iris khaki, black, metallic raspberry, steel, bronze, light bronze, metallic rainbow green, translucent gold topaz, translucent dusty rose brown, translucent orange red, color lined gold, opaque matte luster dark grey, opaque matte luster khaki gold, silver lined dark red, opaque light orange, translucent root beer, transparent coffee. These colors are also in the bead couched neck strap.

It was my intent to honor both the Scots and the Native Americans with this style of "medicine" bag or pouch. Both the Scots and the Native American peoples have endured hardship, ridicule and in the case of the Scots even deportation for wearing their cultural garb.

In Scotland on August 1, 1746 the penalties for wearing "Highland clothing" were imprisonment without bail for 6 months or deportation for a second "offense". The Act of Proscription came from Parliament of Great Britain and was an attempt to assimilate the Scots by making an outlaw of the clan system.

Today it is no longer against the law to wear the tartan that belongs to your clan -- your family. Understanding where we Scots came from, my Beaded Scottish Tartan Art (TM) exhibits a special tribute. Wear it in remembrance. Hold for future generations. It took me about 40 hours to bead weave the front part of this Braemar pouch. I used tiny stitches to sew the front and back and bottom together, like the Native Americans do with their medicine bags. There is an "Autumn" feeling to this amulet pouch, but the falling leaves do not sparkle as some of the tiny metallic seed beads that I have used. There are 25 different colors in Braemar 40; truly must be seen in person to appreciate the colors, but the images I uploaded will need to do (unless you have seen this at one of the art shows I have been in.)

More about Braemar: Braemar is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles (93 km) west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. It is the closest significantly-sized settlement to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 metres (1,112 ft).

The Gaelic Bràigh Mhàrr properly refers to the area of upper Marr (as it literally means), i.e. the area of Marr to the west of Aboyne, the village itself being Castleton of Braemar (Baile a' Chaisteil). The village used to be known as Cinn Drochaid (bridge end), while Baile a' Chaisteil only referred to the part of the village on the east bank of the river, the part on the west bank being known as Ach an Droighinn (thorn field). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braemar

Keep Secret Amulet Bag ! One Scottish Tartan, Braemar in Detail by Hand Weaving and Square Stitching Tiny Glass Delica Seed Beads. Remember.

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Premium Japanese seed beads, Nymo, genuine chamois, Gutterman sewing thread, rattail cording, thread conditioner and protectant
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  • Ships worldwide from New Hampshire, United States
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