I love the bright colors used in beadwork by the Zulus in South Africa. Strong colors and vivid geometric patterns which are also used to send messages especially in love and courtship (see first link below for more information). This tutorial by Olivia of Hopeful Honey is inspired by the traditional work. It is a clear and easy to follow loom bracelet tutorial. Perfect for beginners.
Olivia is an Aussie who was born in Pretoria, South Africa and spent her early childhood there.
Just one thing. I think these are 8/0 beads not 10/0. 8/0 beads are a good Goldilocks compromise. Not too large or too small.
If you are not fond of weaving all those threads (I'm with you there), consider this quick and easy method which uses ribbons and ribbon clamps I wrote about before.
Before You Go:
- African Beadwork : The Romance of Zulu Beads
- Richard Francis Burton and African Trade Beads
- Mzuri Beads | Uganda's Recycled Paper Beads and Jewelry
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