I have done (non-period) Native American quill-beading in this manner (with the leather covering the quill end and beading with peyote stitch over the leather/suede)...
I think having the leather-covered end would work well for the attaching method (as a way to attach the feather to hat)...
And couching/winding beads around the quill all the way up to the end sounds feasible...also the doubled-up feather method sounds like the way I am going...
I found all manner of crystal drops and gold pendant beads at a Hobby Lobby; can`t wait to see if this works out!
(of course one should have a HAT on which to attach said plume...another project to have done! ACK!)
Thanks to all of these ideas, these are GREAT!
In other words you couch to the quill/spine a line of beads on a
thread, and sew/attach the "tassels" (the hanging spangles) through
those beads, makes sense. Peyote stitch can be found in most good
sewing/embroidery stitch books, for anyone who dosn't know how to do
Don't you think leather no matter how thin will show up too much on
the feather? Or do you mean you wrap just the end of it?
-- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
, "Lente" <lente@c...> wrote:
> I forgot to post some modern info on beading feather earlier this
> asked my MIL about beading feathers since she has done so in the
> has a couple she will be working on in the near future. What she
> learned to do was to wrap the qwill end with thin leather and then
> bead to that using a peyote stitch. Description in my head is to
> beads on your thread and then with another needle and thread tack
> beaded thread between each bead as you wrap the beaded thread
> qwill. Sorry nothing about beading attached to the feathers, if I
> I'll ask this weekend.
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