Quill & Beadwork of the Western Sioux by Carrie Lyford is a classic book that covers various craft techniques of the Sioux,
including natural dyes for quills and 10 different quillwork stitching techniques, along with bead colors, lazy stitch, loomwork
and applique beadwork. Preparation of hides and sinew is also explained. Decoration of clothing, ceremonial items, tipis and
furnishings is all covered, along with the use of design elements and their symbolism in relation to the items they adorn.
The Sioux believed that the art of quilling was brought to a woman in a dream. She in turn taught others how to work with the
quills. Each woman used personal and original designs which she received through her own dreams. When European beads became
available the traditional designs were carried over into beadwork. Quill and Beadwork of the Western Sioux is the classic work
on these important Plains Indian arts, applying to the Cheyennes and Arapahoes as well as to the Sioux. The book is at once a
history and a practical, easy to follow manual for people wishing to recreate for themselves objects decorated in an authentic
and traditional manner.
Over 150 classic Sioux beadwork and quillwork designs for clothing, moccasins, containers, tipi furnishings, etc. are illustrated
in Quill & Beadwork of the Western Sioux with a color key of authentic colors. 116 pages, 35 photos of original beaded & quilled articles,
46 design illustrations. SC