Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Designing Original Art Jewelry and Beyond

Cover - Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Designing Original Art Jewelry and Beyond

My original idea was to create a comprehensive compendium of everything freeform peyote, but with such a versatile technique I could have written a 500 page book and still would have barely scratched the surface. So I revised my goal to creating a compendium of the ways I and a cadre of stellar artists from around the world approach this incredible craft and art form. I share favorite techniques, ways to approach the design process and tips for making things easier. My hope is that Explorations might act as a road map and guide for your own forays into freeform bead weaving.

Official Book Description

Set out on a freeform adventure with Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading. Journey beyond predesigned patterns to create your own original, organic designs. Starting with the fundamentals, Karen Williams shares how she and nearly two dozen artists working in this medium translate inspiration and technique into original creations.

Detailed photographs and full-color illustrations highlight each step of the process. Take an in-depth look at the works of seven featured artists and explore a bonus chapter branching out from jewelry to more sculptural design.

Available through Amazon, or pick up a signed copy through my Etsy store


In celebration of the book launch, several of the artists featured in Explorations participated in a Book Blog Tour, sharing insider details from their experiences including:
Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travelers
Nancy Dale of NED Beads
Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry
Natalia Malysheva of Aqvatali
Sarah Meadows of Saturday Sequins

Other Reviews

In her review on Amazon, K.Ho writes "Freeform peyote is an "anything goes" kind of stitch. I feel like the biggest obstacle to this art form can be your own self doubt. Of which, I have lots. Does this look right? How will that flatten out later? This looks too splotchy... All of these thoughts can be soothed by looking at the process pictures in the book. And realizing that it will look better with the next pass. For me, getting from point A to point B needs a little road map."

Upcoming Classes

Beaded Bezel or Capturing Cabochons Sunday, August 12, 2012. Fusion Beads, Seattle

Lacework Bracelet Friday, October 26, 2012. Beadfest Texas; Arlington, Texas

Corset & Stays Beaded Bead Saturday 27, 2012. Beadfest Texas; Arlington Texas

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Last Updated: September 02, 2015