Archive for January, 2012

Native American Beadwork

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Update (3/16/2012) This book has been sold but I invite you to explore my store, Sirocco’s Curios anyway. You never know what you might find.

This book, Native American Beadwork, Has not been getting much attention in my Curio Shop so I thought I’d blog about it. I have done quite a little beadwork myself over the years and have paged through many, many beading books. I can tell you this is one of the better books. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or have been at it for awhile; you will find something in this book that you did not know before.

It is aimed specifically at Native American style beading. Here are the titles of just some of the chapters: Lane-Stitch, Overlay-Stitch, Crow-Stitch, Edge-Stitch, Woven Beadwork, and Gourd-Stitch. Each chapter has several sub chapters. There is also a bibliography and an index.

I especially liked the chapter on edge beading. It is a technique that I had not explored to any great extent. Edge beading is the technique of beading along the edge of a piece of leather or one can use it to cover up a seam. There is several edge beading techniques explained in the chapter.

The book is printed on high quality shiny paper with dozens of photos and illustrations. It is in very good condition. It appears to have never been read. The binding is very tight. I have another copy of this book, my own copy. It is dog-eared with my hand written notes. I am keeping that one.

Click on this link Native American Beadwork to find the listing in my curio shop. Even if you are not interested in beadwork stop by Sirocco’s Curios anyway just to have a look around. You never know just what you might find.


Thunder Bay a Mystery by William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite mystery storytellers. It seems to me that most mysteries are quite simple. There is a murder, or there is a missing person or perhaps there is a burglary. But what makes a mystery interesting is where it takes place and what kind of characters are in the story. That is what mysteries are really about, the place and the people. Krueger, himself once told me that authors struggle with deciding on a setting for their stories. They want a place that has not been written about too much. And the place, to some extent, determines the people.

Krueger places most of his stories in Northern Minnesota in the little town of Aurora. It is a mining town on the Mesabi Iron Range. There are Ojibwe Indian reservations in the area. Cork O’Connor, the main character is of Ojibwe and Irish decent and is involved in law enforcement. There is also Henry Meloux, the old Midi (Medicine Man) Indian. He is a curious old soul and adds an additional air of mystery to Krueger’s stories.

I know that once you read one of Krueger’s novels you will want to read them all. I have three of his novels, Thunder Bay, Red Knife, and Heaven’s keep, available at my eCrater store, Sirocco’s Curios.

Thunder Bay a Mystery by William Kent Krueger
Thunder Bay a Mystery by William Kent Krueger

The Lost Symbol an Exciting Book

Update (3/16/2012) This book has been sold but I invite you to explore my store anyway. You never know what you might find.

The Lost Symbol is truly an exciting book to read. It is the third book in a series of mysteries surrounding the Masons and their Masonic Temple. Written by Dan Brown, the three books are Angles & Demons, the DaVinci Code, and the third one is The Lost Symbol.

I bought this book when it was first published in 2009. It is a first edition. The book is in excellent condition. I keep all of my books in good condition. There are no coffee stains, no earmarked pages (bent over pages), the binding is perfect, as is the dust cover. It is in near new condition. You can own this book for just two dollars more that the cost of shipping to you. You can find the book in my store Sirocco’s Curios.

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In November of 2011 I opened a variety store on eCrater. It is called Sirocco’s Curios. Stop by and take a look around. You just never know what you might find.