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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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Spanish Dancer bracelet as seen when worn

Freeform Peyote Ruffles

Class Length: 6 hours

Create a beaded sculpture that you can wear! A variation on freeform peyote, we will focus specifically on ruffles.

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.

We will start by discussing potential color schemes and ways to move colors and textures through your piece to help integrate the design. I’ll review the basic peyote stitch, then we’ll move on into sculptural peyote.

You'll be able to complete a smaller project like a pair of earrings or pendant, or make a good start on a larger project such as a bracelet.

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 AA in coordinating or contrasting colors
  • Small, sharp embroidery scissors
  • Bead mat or tray to hold beads
  • Needle nose pliers to pull thread through tight bead holes
  • Beeswax for coating thread

Working with a color scheme, choose a variety of sizes and types of beads including (amounts will vary depending upon scope of project):

  • 5 or more varieties Japanese size 11 seed beads
  • 4-5 varieties size 8 seed beads
  • 3-5 varieties size 6 seed beads
  • Appropriate jewelry findings: shank style button or jewelry clasp or ear wires for earrings

Kits and Supplies

Beadkits may be available for purchase, as well as Karen's full-color book Freeform Peyote Beading. Contact instructor beforehand to verify.

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Last Updated: July 28, 2012