This week's Handmade Portraits series on Etsy is showcasing Mabel Pike, a Tlingit Native beader/bead artist. She truly found her love of beading at an early age and I admire her dedication to her craft for the last 85 years.
This video makes me long for the hand beaded barrettes gifted to my sister and me by friends of my grandparents. They did quite a bit of traveling in the Southwest and brought us each a set of barrettes on several occasions. Between the two of us, I acquired the bulk of the barrettes but over several moves the last 8-10 years, I only have one barrette left out of 6-8 sets we originally had. Maybe this will inspire me to attempt hand beading my own barrettes. Hmm.