Make a Beaded Puzzle Pouch
April 14th 2018, 10am - 4pm
A puzzle pouch is a traditional style of leather pouch that can be a bit of a ‘puzzle’ to get into. Using the friction of strips of leather fed through little slits in the flap this clever closure method keeps your valuables securely hidden inside, and at first glance it can seem like there is no opening to get them out! These pouches were sometimes given to children as a treat - to see if they could get them open.
Make your own puzzle pouch with the guidance of expert instructor, Andy Bullock*. Choose your own, unique design and embellish your pouch with beautiful glass seed beads. Learn about sewing leather and traditional beading while you spend the day in the Museum’s Preserving Skills Gallery.
This is such a unique class, and you’ll leave with a functional work of art that is sure to be a conversation starter with your friends!
No previous beading experience needed, but here is some manual dexterity required to stitch one bead at a time.
*Your instructor for this workshop is Andrew Bullock, an award-winning craftsman and lifelong beadwork researcher. Of Wampanoag ancestry, he has been creating and restoring Indigenous beadwork for decades. Andy has been a featured artist in numerous exhibits including "Reading Native Art" at Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum. His work can also be found at Robbins Museum of Archaeology and in private collections. His professional experience includes founding and being the past owner of Wandering Bull, Inc., a supply house featuring top quality beadwork, supplies and reference material. Let's just say, we're pretty lucky to have Andy leading the way through our entire line-up of beading workshops!