Nylon NYMO Thread Bobbins

Nylon NYMO Thread Bobbins
Nylon NYMO Thread Bobbins

NYMO thread is a nylon thread that is durable and easy to use.  The Wandering Bull – Native American Craft Supplies recommends NYMO thread for beadwork because it is more durable than cotton thread.  You may find it helpful to wax the thread before you use it to prevent tangling.

We offer NYMO Thread in 3 weights.  OO is the finest weight threads, while D is the heaviest.

  • Use OO for delicate jewelry making with small beads (12/0 or 13/0).
  • For general beadwork, B is used with 12/0 or 13/0 beads,
  • Use D for 11/0 or 10/0 beads.

We sell Bobblins in Black and White in the following options:

  • White OO 140 yards
  • Black OO 140 yards
  • White B  72 yards
  • Black  B  72 yards
  • White D 64 yards
  • Black D 64 yards

$1.50 each or buy 1o or more for $1.25 per bobbin.  White NYMO thread also comes in Large Spools and Cones.

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Threader – Needle

Threader - Needle
Threader – Needle

We offer two sizes of Needle Threaders. Our standard threaders work for needles sized 10/0 and larger. They have a convenient thread cutter one one end. We sell these in packages of 2.  Color may vary.

You will find the extra fine gauge Threader ideal for threading OO thread on 13/0 needles. We sell these singly.

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Loom Warp Thread

Loom Warp Thread
Loom Warp Thread

Loom Warp Thread is a heavy duty cotton thread.  We sell it in White and Black.

You will find this heavy duty cotton thread perfect for stringing up your Beadloom. Additionally, you can  use it to tie Porcupine Roaches.  You will find it the best choice for projects where you require a natural cotton thread.

Each spool comes with 50 yards of thread.

$2.00 each or Buy 6 or more of one color for $1.75 each.

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Nylon NYMO Thread Cones

Nylon NYMO Thread Cones
Nylon NYMO Thread Cones

NYMO thread is a nylon thread that is durable and easy to use.  The Wandering Bull – Native American Craft Supplies recommends NYMO thread for beadwork because it is more durable than cotton thread.

NYMO, a nylon beading thread, is a best-selling choice for loom and off-loom bead weaving.  Available in the following sizes: OO (finest),  B (medium weight) and D (heaviest weight).  You may find it helpful to wax it before you use it to prevent tangling.

  • OO is most commonly used for delicate jewelry making with small beads (12/0 or 13/0).
  • B For general beadwork, is used with 12/0 or 13/0 beads,
  • D for 11/0 or 10/0 beads and larger beads.

OO 2894 yards

B 2505 yards

D 1584 yards

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Nylon NYMO Thread Large Spool

Nylon NYMO Thread Large Spool
Nylon NYMO Thread Large Spool

NYMO thread is a nylon thread that is durable and easy to use.  The Wandering Bull – Native American Craft Supplies recommends NYMO thread for beadwork because it is more durable than cotton thread.  You may find it helpful to wax it before you use it to prevent tangling.

OO is the finest weight threads, while D is the heaviest.

  • OO is most commonly used for delicate jewelry making with small beads (12/0 or 13/0).
  • For general beadwork, B is used with 12/0 or 13/0 beads,
  • D for 11/0 or 10/0 beads.

Large Spools are available in white only:

  • Size O 400 yards
  • Size D 300 yards

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Big Eye – Easy Thread Needle

Big Eye - Easy Thread Needle
Big Eye – Easy Thread Needle

You will find the Big Eye – Easy Thread Needle perfect for loomwork and bead stringing projects. The entire wire opens in the center to string your thread.  No more squinting to find a tiny needle eye!  You may need another needle or your fingernail to open the center.

The length makes it easier to work the needle through wide loomwork.

We offer 2 lengths:

  • 2 1/8″ long
  • 5″ long

Priced at $0.95 each. Buy 10 or more of one size for $0.79 each!

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Bead Weaving with a Bead Loom

Bead Loom

Bead Weaving with a Bead Loom

Use our Ojibwa Bead Loom or our Mighty Mini Bead Loom to create strips of beadwork. After you finish your beaded strip you can use them as straps, belts, and bracelets. You can also attach beaded loom strips to other items like shirts, leggins, moccasins, and bags. Bead weaving on a loom is easy to learn to do and can be done with a variety of beads including Seed Beads, Pony Beads, and Wampum Beads.

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Bead Looms – History and Usage

Andy Bullock Loomwork

Bead Looms & Beadwork History

Native American beadwork, like quill work before it, is a decorative art form.   Almost as soon as seed beads were available, native women invented two techniques for using them: loom beading and applique embroidery. Those two techniques are still in use today. Loom-beading and a form of single-needle weaving (peyote beading) are not adaptations of techniques known to European or other cultures –  they are native inventions. Continue reading Bead Looms – History and Usage

Crow Loop Necklace Instructions

Crow Loop

Crow Loop Necklace Instructions

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains often wear Crow Loop Necklaces.  These necklaces feature multiple strands of beads strung between two leather strips. Crafters also add Deerskin Leather fringe to the sides. Wearers add shell, metal or beaded rosette conchos to the top or the center. Additional drops can personalize each necklace.

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Crow Loop Necklace Kit from The Wandering Bull, LLC with the supplies you need to make a Crow Loop Necklace!

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Flexible Twisted Wire Beading Needles

Flexible Twisted Wire Beading Needles
Flexible Twisted Wire Beading Needles

These Flexible Twisted Wire Beading Needles are designed for passing thread through beads more than once. The wire is extra thin and very flexible but the eye is large so it is easy to thread.

When the needle passes through a bead, the eye collapses to hold the thread firmly and becomes narrow enough to go through the hole in the bead!

Each Needle measures 2.5″ long. You will find them small enough to fit through a 13/0 bead twice!

We sell these in packages of 10.

Give these a try for making beaded earrings or necklaces!

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Watch our YouTube Video How to Use a Bead Loom!

Beaded Lace Vintage Black

beaded lace
Beaded Lace Vintage Black

This beautiful black Beaded lace is estimated 90 inches long.   The fringe hangs 2.5″ included the top fabric.   This thin thread is laced with black 2 mm grass pony beads with glass black 3/16″ tube beads as a center design.

The lace also has 1.5″ of 2 mm glass pony beads hanging 1/4″ apart along the lace.

The lace is in good condition considering its age and the thin thread used to string the lace together.

One of a kind!

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Bag Fully Beaded European Drawstring

Bag Fully Beaded European Drawstring
Bag Fully Beaded European Drawstring

Feast your eyes on the Floral Beadwork of this European Drawstring Bag!  It sparkles with Cut Seed Beads and Transparent Seed Beads.  You will love the detail of the assorted flowers and leaves.  The crafter made the upper background with Cut Black square Beads and the bottom with Transparent Dark Amber Seed Beads.  The top is a mesh fabric with a fabric drawstring.

You will find this Beaded Bag in very good condition.  Some of the tiny beaded loops on the bottom have come undone.  There are a couple of small spots where the Beads are missing or the thread has come out.

This Beaded Bag measures 9″ x 6.5″.  You could use it as a handbag if you secure the loose threads at the bottom.  It will also make a lovely display piece for your Beadwork collection.

We got this Bag in a collection, so it is One of a Kind!

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Beaded Child’s Robe Reproduction

Beaded Child's Robe Reproduction
Beaded Child’s Robe Reproduction

Exquisite! This One of a Kind Beaded Child’s Robe will become a treasured heirloom! Master Craftsman Andy Bullock created this Reproduction Child’s Robe on White Braintanned Deerskin Leather.  He used a whole Deerhide and kept its original shape.

Andy used Lazy Stitch to apply a variety of bead colors including Pony Trader Blue, Cheyenne Pink, Cobalt Blue, French Transparent Dark Pink, Greasy Yellow, Transparent Green and White Seed Beads. He added Deer Dew Claw Drops threaded with Braintanned Deerskin Leather. To these he added Blue Crow Beads and broken antique Feather Beads.

This Robe is unsmoked Braintanned Leather. You will have Rawhide if it becomes wet.  The back shows discoloration because the leather is not smoked. But you will not see threads from the beadwork because Andy does such fabulous work.

This robe measures 42″ at the widest point and 44″ at the longest point. The beaded design measures 24″ x 19″.

One of a Kind!

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Mighty Mini Bead Loom Deluxe

Mighty Mini Bead Loom Deluxe
Mighty Mini Bead Loom Deluxe

Customers love our Mighty Mini Bead Loom Deluxe Kit!  It makes the perfect kit for you to use to start doing loomwork. Our Mighty Mini Bead Loom accommodates beadwork projects up to 2″ x 24″.

Its sturdy hardwood construction makes it ideal for headbands and bracelets. And you will love the compact size!

The kit includes our Mighty Mini Bead Loom, a bobbin of Weft Thread, vial of  Beading Needles, 3 sheets of bead graph paper, 1 hank white 10/0 beads, 10 vials of assorted color beads, beeswax, 1 spool of warp thread and illustrated instructions.

Watch Chris show you how to Put Your Beadwork Loom together!  Then, Watch our Video How to Use a Bead Loom!

Click on this link to read more about bead looms!    Bead Looms History and Usage

 

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Master Beadwork Kit – Ojibwa Loom

Master Beadwork Kit
Master Beadwork Kit

Our Master Beadwork Kit is a great way to practice loomwork. The Master Beadwork Kit contains our exclusive Ojibwa Loom, our updated American Indian Beadwork Designs booklet, a bobbin of weft thread, vial of  Beading Needles, loomwork instructions, 3 sheets of bead graph paper, 1 hank white 10/0 beads, 10 vials of assorted color 10/0 beads, Beeswax and 1 spool of warp thread.  The Ojibwa Loom has dowels that are 18″ long and can accommodate projects up to 40″ long. You can add longer dowels for larger projects!

We also offer a Deluxe Mighty Mini Beadwork Kit using our Mighty Mini Beadloom.  The Mighty Mini Beadloom is perfect for smaller projects like bracelets and straps.

Click here to read more about Bead Looms and watch Chris Bullock’s video demonstrating how to use our Beadlooms!

Gustoweh Headdress Instructions

Gustoweh Headdress Instructions

Gustoweh Headdress Instructions

An Eastern Woodlands Gustoweh (“Real Hat”) is a traditional Native American headdress. This is one of the most appropriate headdresses for Eastern Woodlands Indian Regalia. Follow these Gustoweh Headdress Instructions to make your own ‘Real Hat’!

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Gustoweh Headdress Kit from the Wandering Bull with the supplies you need to make a Gustoweh! Continue reading Gustoweh Headdress Instructions

Bone Beads Round

Bone beads Round
Bone Beads Round

Natural Bone Beads come in a creamy color.  Use them to make necklaces, chokers and other jewelry.

The hole in the Bone Beads is not as large as the hole in our Glass Crow Beads. The hole will easily accommodate thread or sinew, but it will not take most Deerskin or Suede Leather Lacing.

Sew them on clothing with heavy thread or sinew.

We sell these Beads in packages of approximately 100 beads. (6mm have approx 75 beads, 8 mm have approx. 55 beads) . Choose from 4 sizes.

  • 4 mm
  • 6 mm (75)
  • 8 mm – HE IS SUPPOSED TO SEND BALANCE FOR 100 COUNT
  • 10 mm

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Beading Kit

Beading Kit
Beading Kit

Our Beading Kit is just what you need when you already have a loom! This kit includes our updated American Indian Beadwork Designs booklet, a bobbin of weft thread, vial of  Beading Needles, 1 hank white 10/0 beads, 10 vials of assorted color 10/0 beads, Beeswax and 1 spool of warp thread.  This kit provides you with supplies to start a new project or complete one you have already started.

You can also use these supplies to do other types of beadwork, like Peyote Stitch, Rosettes and more!

We also offer a Deluxe Mighty Mini Beadwork Kit using our Mighty Mini Beadloom.  The Mighty Mini Beadloom is perfect for smaller projects like bracelets and straps.

Click here to read more about Bead Looms and to see Chris Bullock’s video demonstrating how to use our Beadlooms!

Watch our how to make Beaded Rosettes Video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DTvki18Ag&t=372s

Earring Hoops – Dreamcatcher pair

Dreamcatcher Earring Hoops
Earring Hoops – Dreamcatcher pair

You will find Dreamcatcher Earrings easy to make when you use these silver plated Dreamcatcher Earring Hoops! Simply wrap your thread or sinew around the notches in the Hoop to create your design!

These Dreamcatcher Earring Hoops measure 1.5″ (40mm) in diameter. They come with indents to hold the thread or Imitation Sinew in place as you weave your web.  Add Seed Beads for color and Metal Feathers as drops.

We sell these Earring Hoops in pairs.

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Jumbo Perma-Lok Needle

Jumbo Perma-Lok Needle
Jumbo Perma-Lok Needle

Our Jumbo Perma-Lok Needle will help you use your Leather Lacing.  This threaded brass needle has no hooks to break.  After you have created holes in your Leather with an Awl, you are ready to use the Perma-Lok Needle.

Just twist your Leather Lacing into the threaded open end of the needle. The needle holds the Lacing so you can pull it through the holes in your leather. No worries about the lace coming out!

The Perma-Lok Needle measures 2.25″ long. It comes with a tapered end.

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Lazy Stitch Beading Instructions

Lazy Stitch

Lazy Stitch Beading Instructions

About Lazy Stitch:

Native Americans of the Plains commonly use Lazy Stitch to create beaded designs on clothing and accessories. Instead of creating a Loomwork Strip that you later attach to the item, with Lazy Stitch you sew the beads directly to the fabric or leather. The design should be drawn to actual finished scale on a piece of paper then traced onto the work surface. Designs that are going to appear on opposite sides of an item should be reversed for a mirrored effect. For example, on a vest, the design should appear as a mirror image on each side.

You can also bead directly onto a leather strip which you can later attach to your item. This technique allows for the creation of beaded designs that you can add to Blankets or Buffalo Robes, Leggings, Leather Shirts, Pipe Bags and other bags, and Wrist Cuffs.

 

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Thimble – Brass

Thimble - Brass
Thimble – Brass

Add some flair to your needlework with our Brass Thimble.  Pick one up with your Needles and Thread and your fingers will thank you!

Each Thimble measures 7/8″ tall. You will find it very lightweight.

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Breastplate Plains Style Instructions

breastplate instructions plains style

Plains Style Breastplate 

The Hairpipe Breastplate has historically been associated with the Comanche. They were first created in the mid 19th century  and were adopted by many other tribes of the Great Plains.  The term “Hairpipe” is used to describe the long, slim, hollow beads made from animal bone that are used to make Breastplates.

How to make a Plains Style Breastplate – 36 rows long:

You can make a longer Breastplate by using more Hairpipe and longer Breastplate  strips

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Ojibwa Bead Loom

Ojibwa Bead Loom
Ojibwa Bead Loom

The Ojibwa Bead Loom is the most popular, rugged loom on the market. Real wood construction makes it sturdy and easy to use. We developed this loom based on traditional looms used by Native Americans.

This loom accommodates beadwork up to 5″ wide and 40″ long. It comes with 18″ long dowels.  You can move the beaded strip around the ends of the loom for longer pieces.  You can also add longer dowels for even larger projects.

This Bead Loom comes with directions on how to do loom beadwork, and graph paper too!

How to use our Ojibwa Bead Loom Click Here!

We also sell our Ojibwa Loom as part of our Master Beadwork Kit.  The kit includes Seed Beads, Thread, Needles and more!

Mighty Mini Bead Loom

Ojibwa Bead Loom - Mighty Mini
Ojibwa Bead Loom – Mighty Mini

Customers love our Mighty Mini Bead Loom.  It features the same construction as our Ojibwa Bead Loom but smaller.  Sturdy hardwood construction makes it easy to use and sturdy enough to move around!

Our Mighty Mini Bead Loom accommodates beadwork projects up to 2″ x 24″.  The compact size makes it ideal for headbands and bracelets. You will find it easy to transport at only 12″ long.

Our mini Bead Loom comes with with loom beadwork instructions and graph paper.

We also sell this loom as part of our Mighty Mini Bead Loom Deluxe Kit, complete with beads, needles, thread and more!

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Side Cutter Snips

Side Cutter Snips
Side Cutter Snips

When you need to cut wire or thread, try our handy Side Cutter Snips! You can also use these Snips as pliers or crimps for sturdier items.  Rubber grip handles make them easy to hold on to! Use them for Tiger Tail, Headpins, Eye Pins and thin or soft wire.  They will not work well with memory wire, flex wire or steel wire.

These Snips measure 4.25″ long with a 1/2″ blade.

If you are looking for regular pliers, try our Chain Nose Pliers!  You will find them to be the perfect tool for jewelry making!

Fringed Medicine Pouch Kit

Fringed Medicine Pouch Kit
Fringed Medicine Pouch Kit

You will find our Fringed Medicine Pouch Kit a fun and easy way to make your own leather neck pouch! The Kit includes leather, lacing, a needle, waxed thread, Plastic Hairpipe beads, Crow Beads and instructions. The pouch laces together with pre-punched holes.

The finished Leather Medicine Pouch measures 5″ x 2″.  You can adjust the 24″ lacing.

Add your own crystals, herbs and special momentos!

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Beeswax

Bees Wax Beeswax
Beeswax

Natural Beeswax is a handy sewing accessory! Rub it on your thread to prevent it from tangling while you sew.  It is invaluable when you are sewing leather and constructing moccasins. You will wonder how you got along without it!

We include a small piece in our Master Beadwork Kits, our Deluxe Mighty Mini Beadwork Kit and our Peyote Stitch Beadwork Kit. You will not need it when you are using Imitation Sinew, which is already waxed.

We sell this in 1 oz cakes for $2.50 each.  Buy 3 or more for $2.25 each.  Buy 16 or more for $2.00 each!

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We cannot ship Beeswax to France

India Tile Beads

India Tile Beads 2020
India Tile Beads

Compared to Czech Tile Beads, you will see most India Tile Beads less uniform in shape and color. These Tile Beads show more variation and striations in the color of the bead.  With thicker sides and narrower holes, you will find their use more limited. Some colors resemble the Czech beads with larger holes and straighter sides.

Imitation Sinew will easily go through the holes and 1mm Round Leather Lace can also be used.  They still make nice additions to Bone Hairpipe Chokers and Necklaces.

Beads measure 6 mm  long.

We offer these beads in 1 ounce bags with approx. 75-80 beads. You can also buy them in 1/2 kilo packages with over 1000 beads.

NEW! Light Purple is a smaller India Tile Bead. It is just a smidgen shorter in length and width (5 mm rather than 6 mm) but the hole is much smaller. You will only get Thread or a single ply Imitation Sinew through it.

Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit

Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit
Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit

Our exclusive Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit includes all the materials you need to make a complete pair of Glass Wampum bead bracelets. They will perfectly complement your Eastern Woodlands Regalia. The Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit includes pattern options for the bracelets, or you can design your own!

The Wampum Bead Bracelet Kit contains 2 oz. each of Matte Finish Wampum Beads in Cobalt Blue and White. You also get our own hand cut Deerskin Leather Wampum Warp Lace, a spool of Warp Thread, Needles, Glass Crow Beads and Illustrated Instructions. All you supply is a pair of scissors and a Bead Loom.

You will find more supplies at The Wandering Bull – Native American Trading Post to make more Wampum Bead jewelry. We offer our Mighty Mini Bead Loom, Wampum Warp Lace, and Beading Needles. You can buy Wampum Beads in Glass, Clay and Real Quahog Wampum.

Click here to read more about using Bead Looms and watch Chris Bullock’s video on beading with a Bead Loom.

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Peyote Stitch Beadwork Kit

Peyote Stitch Beadwork Kit
Peyote Stitch Beadwork Kit

The Peyote Stitch Beadwork Kit contains everything you need to start doing Peyote Stitch Beadwork in one kit! Whether you are new to Peyote Stitch, or you just need a refresher, our Kit is the perfect thing!

Our Kit has the materials to make a Peyote Stitched keychain. You will get the keychain components: a wooden dowel, eye screw and key ring. Additionally you will find 10 vials of 10/0 seed beads in assorted colors, a bobbin of NYMO thread, Beading Needles, Beeswax and illustrated instructions.

Peyote stitch can be used to bead around any circular item. Think Smudge Feathers, Earrings, Talking Sticks, even pens! Once you learn this technique, you will be ready to bead so many items!

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Beads Ordering Information

Beads Ordering Information Size ChartA few quick beads ordering information tips

We offer native american beads in a variety of sizes and materials for your crafting and decoration projects, including faceted, translucent, wampum and reproduction beads. And don’t forget your other beading necessities: needles, needle threaders, beeswax, assorted types of thread and beading looms, all available in our catalog and here in our online store.

Bead Ordering Information on Sizing

When ordering any style or size of beads, it is very important to keep in mind that dye lots on the beads vary. Make sure you order enough beads – especially your background color – all at one time. If you are trying to complete a particular project or repair, send us a few beads as a sample. We will do our best to match colors and sixes from our huge inventory.

What is a “hank” of beads?

Quality beads are temporarily strung in “hanks”. This is a symbol of quality and uniformity in beads. Hanks are the equivalent of 240 linear inches of beads. generally these are strung in 12 loops of beads 20″ long. A hank of 10/0 weighs about 1.5 oz. Bead sizes are indicated by numbers, with larger numbers indicating smaller sizes for each bead type

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Shell Buttons – Assorted

Shell Buttons Assorted
Shell Buttons – Assorted

Shell Buttons are made with natural shell and come in a package of assorted sizes and styles. Both 2 hole and 4 hole styles are included in the assortment.

Sizes range from 3/8″ – 5/8″. Colors are generally off-white but range from tan to white to light gray. Some have more pearlized shell shininess than others.

These are vintage buttons, some have threads in the holes. Approx. 50 buttons per package.

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Moccasins Embroidered Vamp

Moccasins Embroidered Vamp
Moccasins Embroidered Vamp

Add these fancy Deerskin Moccasins to your collection or try them on for size! The crafter made them from Gold Deerskin Leather.  He or she lined the inside with light blue fabric.  Then the crafter added a zigzag cut edge to the cuff and created little bow ties with zigzag edges for the top.  On the vamp and cuffs, you will find a very pretty embroidered floral design.   Pink and Purple colored thread outline the embroidered design on the vamp.

These Moccasins measure 10″ long x 3.5″ across.

A previous owner wore these Moccasins and you will see evidence of wear. They remain in good, wearable condition. Or put them on display!

One of a Kind!

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Pony Beads 8/0

Pony Beads 8/0
Pony Beads 8/0

Pony Beads are larger than Seed Beads, but smaller than Crow Beads.   They get their name from the pony and mule trains that brought these beads to Western North America. These beads were available to the Native Americans of the Plains before the introduction of Seed Beads.

8/0 Pony Beads are the smaller of the two sizes of Pony Beads.  They measure approx. 3 mm. You can use Single Ply Imitation Sinew or Beading Thread with these. There are approx. 1000 beads per ounce.
Purchase 8/0 Pony Beads in ounce or 1/2 kilo packages.

Premium Colors:  Rose Pink is $52.95 per 1/2 Kilo.

If you are looking for a larger Pony Bead, click here for  5/0 Pony Beads.

Moccasins – Antique Apache Style Child’s

Moccasins - Antique Apache Style Child's
Moccasins – Antique Apache Style Child’s

These Antique Moccasins feature a two strip beaded design on the vamp.  This design is common among Apache style moccasins. We believe they come from around 1900. The crafter used Braintanned Deerhide. He or she stitched them together and did the beadwork with cotton thread.  Then he or she added edge beading to the flap and the cuff.

The crafter used Mustard, Clear Red and Clear Blue Seed Beads to create the design and edge beading. Rawhide soles cover the bottom.

A previous owner wore these moccasins. We offer them as antique collectibles. You can see minor bead loss, due to the deterioration of the beads because of their age. Small holes indicate where Leather Lacing may have been.  You will also find some small discolored spots.

These moccasins measure just about 6″ long x 2.5″ wide. They stand about 1.25″ high at the cuff.

You will find these a delightful addition to a moccasin or beadwork collection!

One of a Kind!

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Pony Beads 5/0

Pony Beads 5/0
Pony Beads 5/0

Pony Beads are larger than Seed Beads, but smaller than Crow Beads.   They get their name from the pony and mule trains that brought these beads to Western North America. Pony Beads were available to the Native Americans of the Plains before the introduction of Seed Beads.

5/0 Pony Beads are the larger of the Pony Beads.  5/0 Pony Beads measure approx. 5mm.  You can use Single Ply Imitation Sinew or Beaded Thread with these. There are approx. 300 beads per oz.

Purchase 5/0 Pony Beads in ounce or 1/2 kilo packages.

If you are looking for a smaller Pony Bead, click here for  8/0 Pony Beads.

Blanket Strip – Antique Cheyenne Style – 40% OFF!

Blanket Strip - Antique Cheyenne Style
Blanket Strip – Antique Cheyenne Style

Add this Antique Cheyenne Style Blanket Strip to your collection or attach it to a Blanket or Robe!  The crafter made this Blanket Strip in the early 1900s.  He used Braintanned Deerskin Leather and real Deer Sinew to create this Blanket Strip.  He used Lazy Stitch to attach the White, White Center Red, Cobalt Blue, Greasy Yellow and Pony Trader Blue Seed Beads to create the design and the Rosettes.  Then the crafter added 3/8″ Nickel Spots all along the outside edge.  One end of the Strip has a Brass Metal Ring attached to it.

At a later time, someone added 22″ long drops to the center of each Rosette.  These drops are loaded with elaborate features.  Three of the four have 0.75″ Stamped Nickel Conchos attached at the top.  Each drop features exquisite 3 Bead Peyote Stitch cuffs.  The crafter used 13/0 Cut Beads in White, Periwinkle, Transparent Red, Transparent Yellow and Transparent Green to create the design.  He or she sewed them with thread.  Each of these drops measures about 1.75″ long.

The crafter strung Beaded Cuffs on a double strand of 3/8″ wide Braintanned Deerskin Leather Lacing.  Each strand of Lacing comes with Edge Beading in White and Transparent Red Cut 13/0 Beads. Nickel Metal Beads appear at each end of the cuffs.

The Native Americans of the Northern Plains created Beaded Blanket Strips in the mid 19th century. Blanket Strips originated as a means to cover the seam when two Braintanned Buffalo Hides were sewn together to create one large robe. Eventually, Native American crafters used wool Trade Blankets for robes. They added their beaded strips to them in a purely decorative manner.

You will find this Blanket Strip flexible enough to attach to a blanket or robe.  It does show some discoloration due to its age.  You will also see places where Beads have come off, especially along the Edge Beading on the drops.

This Blanket Strip measures 58″” long x 3.25″ wide.  It comes with four Beaded Rosettes measuring 3.5″ in diameter.

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Real Animal Sinew and Imitation Sinew

Real Sinew and Imitation Sinew

What Is Real Animal Sinew?

Sinew is a fibrous band of tissue also known as a tendon. Tendons connect muscles to bones in animals. These fibers have been used by many pre-industrial societies because they are strong and durable. Real animal sinew has unique properties which make it an excellent material for sewing and binding. It contains natural proteins that act like glue and it shrinks as it dries, so it doesn’t need to be knotted. Continue reading Real Animal Sinew and Imitation Sinew

Moccasins – Antique Spot Beaded

Moccasins - Antique Spot Beaded
Moccasins – Antique Spot Beaded

These Antique Moccasins feature a spot beaded design.  We believe the come from around 1920. The crafter used Braintanned Deerhide and stitched them together with cotton thread. He or she used Periwinkle Blue, Orange and Clear Red Seed Beads for the design. Rawhide soles cover the bottom.

A previous owner wore these moccasins, but they remain in collectible condition. You can see minor bead loss. You will also notice a couple places where the sole has separated from the upper and one spot where someone repaired a hole in the leather.

The lacing around the opening remains, but it is unlaced on the side of one of the moccasins.  The top flaps remain attached to the moccasins.

These moccasins measure nearly 10″ long x 3.25″ wide. They stand 3″ high at the cuff.

Add these antique moccasins to your moccasin or beadwork collection!

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Gustoweh Headdress Kit

Gustoweh Headdress Kit
Gustoweh Headdress Kit

Our updated Gustoweh Headdress Kit has everything you need to make an Iroquois Gustoweh (Real Hat). This is one of the most appropriate headdresses for Eastern Woodlands Indian Regalia.

Our Gustoweh Headdress Kit includes:

  • Natural Turkey Feathers
  • Wood splints for the frame
  • Fabric
  • Glover’s Needle
  • Black Warp Thread
  • 3 Wood Feather Sockets & Pin sets
  • Tape
  • Illustrated Directions.

You will also need Pliers, Scissors and Glue or a Hot Glue Gun.

Full color illustrations walk you through the construction of a basic Gustoweh Headdress. You choose which Feather placement from each of the five Iroquois Nations you prefer. Decorate your completed Gustoweh with a Gustoweh Band or Trade Brooches. You may also add Beadwork or a Wampum Bead Strip.

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Moccasins – Antique Prairie Style

Antique Prairie Style Moccasins
Antique Prairie Style Moccasins

These Antique Prairie Style Moccasins feature colorful floral designs using unusual bead colors. Besides Cheyenne Pink and Arapaho Green, the artist used Turquoise, Clear Yellow and Clear Purple beads.  The artist created these moccasins from Braintanned Deerskin leather and sewed them together with real sinew.  They have soft soles. He or she did the beadwork with cotton thread.

We believe these moccasins come from around the turn of the 20th century. A previous owner wore them. You will see minimal bead loss and some water staining on the leather. They remain in very good condition for their age.

These moccasins measures 9″ long x 3.5″ wide.  They stand 3″ high to the top of the cuff.

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Beaded Fancy Dance Set Child’s – HALF PRICE!

Fancy Dance Set Child's
Beaded Fancy Dance Set Child’s

This Child’s size Beaded Fancy Dance Set is a wonderful gift for your little dancer! This five piece beaded set includes a harness, rosette necklace, headband, woven yarn garters (not shown), and a belt with yarnwork. The artist created all the pieces (except for the rosettes) on a loom with 10/0 seed beads. Each beadwork component features the same geometric pattern in Translucent Navy Blue, Trans. Dark Red, Trans. Pale Blue, and Yellow on a White background. They backed the belt on leather and braided the excess loom thread with yellow, red, and blue yarn. They also attached leather ties to the ends of the belt for additional closures. The garters are woven from matching blue and red yarn.

For the ends of the harness the artist created tabs with drops made from tin cones, dark red faceted plastic beads, pale blue glass fire polish beads, with red, blue, and white plastic cones. They made the necklace with four rosettes (3 3/4″, 3″, and two 2 3/4″) sewn together at end to end with 1/4″ wide ties on the sides. The ties are finished with dark red glass fire beads at the base and 10 1/2″ leather lace at the top. The rosettes have turquoise glass fire polish beads in the center.  The headband has a 1″ by 2 1/4″ piece of elastic connecting the ends for a secure fit along with 9″ leather ties.

Overall this Beaded Fancy Dance set is in great condition and is fully wearable! The components each have little or no bead loss which can be repaired using the proper techniques.

Measurements

Harness: Length – 74 1/4″ Beadwork – 65 1/4″

Belt: Length – 87″ Beadwork – 27 1/4″ Width – 2 9/16″

Headband: Circumference – 20″ Width – 1/4″

Garters: Length – 36″ Excluding fringe – 18″

Necklace: Length – 33″ Ties (beadwork and leather) – 17 1/4″

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Wampum – Large Glass White – 50% OFF!

Wampum - Large Glass White
Wampum – Large Glass White

These Large Glass White Wampum beads come slightly faceted.   These Wampum Beads will add a little sparkle to your projects in a way that other glass wampum beads just can’t.

These White beads measure 1/4″ long and 3/16″ wide. The small holes will accommodate Thread and Imitation Sinew. Deerskin Leather Lacing will not fit through the holes.

Sold in 1 ounce packages. Approx. 85 beads per ounce.

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Round Glass Beads

Round Glass Beads
Round Glass Beads

Bead makers have used metal “mandrels” to make Round Glass Beads for hundreds of years. They gathered melted glass on a narrow metal rod, then removed the bead when it cooled.

You will find our 8mm Round Glass Beads excellent for chokers and necklaces. The clear shades show their colors very well when light shines through them.

The holes in our round glass beads are smaller than the holes in our Crow Beads. The smaller holes will accommodate single ply sinew, thinner threads and tiger tail.

We sell these colorful Glass Beads in bags of 100.

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Ready Made Mini Dance Shawl Orchid Ribbon Trim

Ready Made Mini Dance Shawl Orchid Ribbon Trim
Ready Made Mini Dance Shawl Orchid Ribbon Trim

Mini Dance Shawls measure approximately 60″ x 30″. They are fringed on 3 sides.

Mini Dance Shawls are perfect to carry on your arm or for petite women. We try to keep several styles in stock for when you need something right away.

This One of a Kind Mini Dance Shawl comes in Orchid with Purple Fringe.  Our seamstress accented it with a bright 1″ wide Ribbon with Gold & Silver threads.  This Dance Shawl measures 54″ x 27″.

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Antique Moccasins: Montaignais Naskapi

Antique Algonquin moccasins

Identifying Antique Moccasins

Antique MoccasinsThis pair of antique moccasins was crafted in the early 20th century.  The crafter was probably a Northeastern Algonquin from the eastern part of Canada.  Their origin is determined by the construction and decoration of the moccasins.

The moccasins themselves are constructed with Braintanned Deerskin.  Native Americans tanned their own deerhides using the brain of the animal to soften the hide.  After it was soaked and worked, it was smoked to preserve it.  Until Europeans brought commercial tanning methods to North America, all animal leather was braintanned.  The moccasins were sewn together with cotton thread instead of real animal sinew, so they were created in the historical period. Continue reading Antique Moccasins: Montaignais Naskapi

Hemp Cord

Hemp Cord
Hemp Cord

100% Natural Hemp Cord for general use and twining Hemp bags. Ours measures 1 mm in diameter. You get 400 ft  of 20 lb. test cord per ball.

You will find this cord perfect for tying, lacing and twining. Historically accurate for Living History re-enactors, too!

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North American Indian Beadwork Patterns

North American Indian Beadwork Patterns
North American Indian Beadwork Patterns

By Pamela Stanley-Millner.  64 pgs. Softcover.

This pattern book contains black & white charts for loom beading and applique beadwork. The patterns reflect designs found on actual items located in museums and collections. You can use these charts to create beadwork for Belts, Sashes, Necklaces and other accessories.

You will find designs from Native American groups like the Cheyenne, Sioux, Crow, Arapaho and more! The book also contains basic instructions for doing loom beading and applique.

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Read the Denver Art Museum leaflet on the Main Types of Sewn Beadwork!

ISBN 9780486288352

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Chicken Dance Bell Instructions

Chicken Dance Bell Kit Instructions

It’s Easy to Make your own Chicken Dance Bells!

Use the Chicken Dance Bell Kit Instructions by The Wandering Bull Native American Trading Post to made your own Chicken Dance Bells. Chicken Dance Bells are long enough to extend from the waist to the ankle. They are tied in three places, at the ankle, just above the knee and to a belt at the waist. The Wandering Bull Trading Post has everything you need to make your own Chicken Dance Bells. Use the suggested supplies here, or customize your Chicken Dance Bells with your preferred supplies. Continue reading Chicken Dance Bell Instructions

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo

Native Americans and Buffalo have a long history together. Buffalo, or the American Bison, has played an essential role in the survival and culture of the Native Americans who lived in the Plains region of what is now the United States, and parts of southern Canada.  Buffalo once roamed the Plains in innumerable herds until the middle of the 19th century. Incursions by white settlers and the arrival of the railroad severely depleted the number of Buffalo living on the Plains.  Native Americans use of every part of a Buffalo for food, clothing, tools, fuel and utensils. Continue reading Native Americans and Buffalo

Pattern – Plume Plains Moccasins

Pattern - Plume Plains Moccasins
Pattern – Plume Plains Moccasins

Use our Plains Indian Moccasin Pattern to construct your own leather moccasins! The Native Americans of the Plains wear a basic two piece moccasin similar to these.

Each tribe adds their own variations to the shape and style.   They apply variations to the shape of the tongue, the sole, the fringe and the decorate elements.  Native Americans commonly embellish their moccasins  with Seed Beads, Porcupine Quills and/or Metal Cones.

This pattern includes instructions for working with leather and a glossary.

You will need Leather measuring 13″ x 24″ for the uppers, 2 pieces of Leather or Rawhide measuring 11.5″ x 5″ for the soles. The pattern accommodates Men’s sizes 7 – 12 and Women’s sizes 5 – 10.

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Women’s Hoods

Women's Hoods

Women’s Hoods

Much has been written about the peaked caps – also known as hoods – that are worn by the Wabanaki people.  Bruce Bourque and Laureen LaBar present illustrations of several of these hoods in their book “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume”.  But what are they?

First, we need to understand that Wabanaki Hoods were worn by both men and women.  In this article, we will explore the women’s peaked hood.

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Porcupine Roach Instructions

porcupine roach

Making a Porcupine Roach

The  Porcupine Roach is one of the most beautiful and practical headpieces of the North American Indian. Many different men’s dance styles use porcupine roaches.  The following directions will show you how to make a long porcupine roach.   You can also use the same technique to make a shorter or a round porcupine roach.

Materials Needed:

  • Porcupine hair
  • Roach Base
  • Imitation Sinew
  • Deer Tails
  • Large Needle
  • Scissors
  • Frame for tying rows of hair
  • Glass Jar/ Cup  approx. 4″ tall x 3″ wide (to hold the Porcupine hair)
  • Roach Stick (a 2.5″ dowel 6″ longer than the finished roach – with a nail in the top to hold the roach in place)
  • Elastic style bandage for wrapping completed roach

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Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Horn Choker

Buffalo Horn Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Buffalo Horn Choker Kit from The Wandering Bull, LLC.

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Traditional Hairpipe Choker Instructions

Traditional Hairpipe Choker Instructions

Hairpipe chokers served many different purposes throughout history – They adorned and protected warriors’ necks before battle, and also served to represent social standing. Hairpipe Chokers made with Brass Beads are appropriate for ‘old style’ Regalia.  You can wear Hairpipe Chokers made with Glass Crow Beads with both Traditional Regalia and Contemporary Regalia.

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Traditional Hairpipe Choker Kit from The Wandering Bull, LLC.

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Deerskin Neck Pouch Instructions

Deerskin Neck Pouch Instructions

A Leather Neck Pouch is the perfect accessory to hold your personal medicine items. It will also hold change, gemstones, and small keepsakes of all kinds. You can decorate your Leather Neck Pouch with beadwork, our own Plume Powwow Pins  or Trade Brooches !

Materials Needed:

You can acquire these materials separately or purchase a Deerskin Neck Pouch Kit from The Wandering Bull, LLC with the supplies you need to make a Deerskin Neck Pouch!

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