Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum: Beading classes start April 29

On April 29, Liz Charlebois, an Abenaki crafts person, artist, and traditional basket maker, will teach a lazy stitch beadwork class at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner.

This is the first of eight classes the museum is offering this season in bead and quillwork techniques taught by Native American artists.

The classes are for adults of all skill levels and will meet on Sunday mornings (starting at 10 a.m.) from April through October. Each class cost $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Sign up for one or more by calling the museum at (603) 456-2600.

Lazy stitch beadwork is one of the most popular types of beadwork used for powwow regalia, but it can be used on just about anything. The stitch was invented in the early 1800s as Native Americans acquired tiny “seed” beads, which they then applied to important items of material culture such as horse saddles, moccasins, bags and clothing.

Liz Charlebois lives in Warner, and has been involved in the New England native community for most of her life. She is a member of the N.H. Commission on Native American Affairs and sits on the Executive Board for Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color.

Bead and quillwork classes offered at MKIM:

  • April 29: Lazy Stitch – Liz Charlebois
  • May 20: Brick Stitch – Rhonda Besaw
  • May 27: Loom Beading – Debbie Dostie
  • June 10: Double Needle Applique – Debbie Dostie
  • June 24: Bead Weaving – Lynn Murphy
  • July 1: One Needle Applique – Rhoda Besaw
  • July 29: Peyote Stitch – Lynn Murphy
  • October 28: Quill Wrapping – Chris Bullock

Demonstrations for the public will follow each class. The program is supported by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

For museum information, visit: www.indianmuseum.org

For a series of published articles about Liz Charlebois, visit www.indianmuseum.org/classes

Photos courtesy of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum: a blanket strap adorned with lazy stitch beadwork by Andy Bullock and Liz Charlebois dancing at a MKIM powwow.

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