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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Needle Case, n.d.
Beads on leather
x 5 1/8 in. ( x 13 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2220
Elongated leather cone, completely beaded with blue, light blue, and yellow stripes. Three looped leather thongs at the bottom.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
Native-made awls, the sharpended bone from a buffalo shoulder or leg bone, were often the only tools used in beadwork. Beaders, almost always women, used the awl to punch holes through the soft buckskin, then threaded sinew or cord through the holes to attach beads. The awls required frequent sharpening; women would use them until there was nothing left to work with. Decorated cases not only protected the tool from damage but also prevented it form being lost. Awl or needle cases were often beaded with stripe designs using the flat, lane stitch technique.

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