Clump Beading - Raised Bead Embroidery

Clump or cluster beading is a raised bead embroidery method used by the Iroquois tribes of the Niagara Falls region 100 years ago. I've been looking for ways to reproduce, modify, and/or improve this fantastic style of bead embroidery for a couple of years. I just love it. This particular technique was commonly used, and often had long loops of beads dangling from the centers of the clusters.

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Comment by Gen Smith on March 3, 2014 at 11:57pm
Thank you for the fine video! I can't wait to try it!
Comment by Judy Pennington on December 17, 2013 at 9:24am

Jeff, I thought that was what it was called too, but I found out different. When I first made this piece, I was under the impression that it was called Clump Embroidery and that it was an old Iroquois stitch. I should have done more research; I found out later that it was called raised embroidery and was not done by the Iroquois at all, but it is a type of raised beadwork that was done by the Mohawk from the Montreal area.  So I don't know for sure which info is correct. Judy

Comment by Sharayah Sheldon on December 16, 2013 at 3:28pm

I'll have to give this try.  Thanks for sharing it Jeff :)

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