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Front Cover image from FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry

Freeform Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Art Jewelry

Published September 2010
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Autumn Glory bracelet

Freeform, Sculptural Peyote Bracelet

Class Length: 6 hours

Create a beaded sculpture that you can wear! Learn the basics of freeform peyote beadwork while making a one-of-a-kind bracelet.

Freeform peyote is known for its asymmetrical, organic compositions, incorporating a variety of different bead types and shapes, including specialty or focal beads. While knowledge of traditional peyote stitch can be helpful, sculptural peyote stitch can be more forgiving in many ways.

I’ll review the basic peyote stitch, then we’ll move on into sculptural peyote, including instructions on bridges, arches, fringe, fans, several ways of incorporating novelty beads and more.

We’ll also discuss ways to move colors and textures through the piece to help integrate the design.

Skills and Skill Levels required for class

Experience with standard peyote stitch and beading in general is helpful.

Supply List

  • Pencil or pen for notetaking
  • Beading needle
  • Beading thread: Silamide, Superlon or Nymo
  • Small, sharp embroidery scissors
  • Bead mat or tray to hold beads
  • Shank style button or jewelry clasp

Working with a color scheme, choose a variety of sizes and types of beads including:

  • 4-5 varieties Japanese size 11 seed beads
  • 3-4 varieties size 8 seed beads
  • 3-4 varieties size 6 seed beads
  • Hex, triangle or square beads or other mid-sized beads (4-8 mm) to add textural interest to your piece and act as accents
  • Specialty or focus bead(s) – these can be glass, stone, bone, porcelain, metal, etc.


  • additional decorative beads for fringe drops
  • needle nose pliers to pull thread through tight bead holes
  • beeswax for coating thread

Kits and Supplies

Beadkits will be available for purchase, as well as Karen's full-color book Freeform Peyote Beading

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Last Updated: July 28, 2012