Ladyredwing

Offering Native American and contemporary beadwork

Tennessee, United States · 11 Sales

Ladyredwing

Offering Native American and contemporary beadwork

Tennessee, United States 11 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Osiyo (Hello) and Welcome! Here you will find an eclectic collection of traditional Native American and contemporary beadwork. Wado (Thank You)!

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Osiyo (Hello) and Welcome! Here you will find an eclectic collection of traditional Native American and contemporary beadwork. Wado (Thank You)!

Donna Bivens

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Donna Bivens

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Heritage calls!

I am a Cherokee descendant and a member-by-blood of the state recognized Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama (CTNEAL). I have been a "crafty" person all my life but in the last few years I have felt drawn back to my roots and turned all my attention to designing and producing handmade traditional design beadwork. The majority of my focus at this time in hatbands that I handloom and finish in my own individual style. You will not find these styles anywhere else. I complete my hatbands in a continuous circle to fit each particular hat, with no leather ties to get dirty or worn, nor any stretchy threads to lose their "bounce" over time. My hatbands are made on a base of either heavy upholstery thread or Fireline beading filament (for the tiny beads) on a traditional Ojibwe loom. I incorporate a mix of traditional and contemporary beads and techniques, one being the vertical edge which is beaded on the outside of each piece to protect and give the piece a finished, smooth look. This edge is worked into the pattern as it is loomed and not added later as some are. The loomed ends of the pieces are woven tightly together and in most cases cannot be detected. These pieces will last through several generations with reasonable care.
I also offer a selection of high dome flat brim hats which I repurpose from vintage stock. The hats start out as an ordinary cowboy hat, which I clean, steam, and shape into the new form. Vintage hats are of good quality with minimal various signs of normal wear.
Along with the traditional Native items, I offer an array of contemporary beaded jewelry - necklaces, earrings, bracelets - in a variety of styles.
I do all types of custom beadwork, so if there is anything that you have always wanted, feel free to contact me.

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