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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Kiertzner

Iroquois Raised Beadwork Workshop and Craft in America Museum

Discover the rich tradition of Iroquois nation raised beadwork in our workshop tracing back to the 19th century. Delve into the intricate artistry often seen upon fancy pincushions, picture frames, and box purses adorned with vibrant beads on luxurious velvet, a hallmark of Mohawk Iroquois craftsmanship in the Montreal area. Since the late 19th to early 20th century, raised beadwork have been known to reach astonishing heights of up to two inches. This process involves glass seed beads that are meticulously placed over paper patterns, attached to sumptuous fabrics like wool or velvet, to create a stunning raised effect.

Please join the artist, Brittany Kiertzner, on June 1st (12-4:00pm) to create and embellish pincushions filled with fragrant pine sawdust and sweetgrass.  Inspired by the legacy of Iroquois beadworkers who once sold these creations at renowned tourist destinations, such as Saratoga Springs and Niagara Falls, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to create keepsakes that echo the ingenuity and aesthetic of this storied Indigenous tradition.


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