BCP 07 | Freeform Peyote with Karen Williams


Wrack and Ruin by Karen Williams

In my interview with bead artist, Karen Williams, we discuss approaches to freeform peyote, drunken octopi, and reveal our challenge and blog hop. Click here for the challenge details. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Karen and me at Bead Fest Texas

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FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry

Want to win an autographed copy of Karen’s book, Freeform Peyote Beading? All you have to do is leave a comment below and answer the question “What is your experience with freeform peyote?” Also, what excites you or scares you about the challenge? Be sure to include your email address and I will randomly select the winner next week. Good Luck!

Update: I want to thank everyone for sharing. I’m so excited about the interest in freeform, and our FB group exploding! I can’t wait for the Feb. 23rd Reveal! And the winner of Karen’s book is…. Lori F! Congrats!

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  • avatar Leanne January 24, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I love seeing all the beautiful freeform pieces and am anxious to try it…and I would like to join in on the Feb challenge….

  • avatar Joann Loos January 24, 2013, 3:23 pm

    I haven’t had luck with freeform peyote. My try ended up looking like a mess. I do much better with brick stitch.

  • avatar Mary Kearney January 24, 2013, 3:24 pm

    I have little experience with freedom peyote but I love it & want to master it. I hope my piece measures up to the rest.

  • avatar Denisa Kangas January 24, 2013, 3:29 pm

    I love freeform because I never know how exactly will the final product look like… And I love surprises :-)

  • avatar Leslee Feiwus January 24, 2013, 3:52 pm

    I love doing freeform peyote! It’s so freeing and artistic.

  • avatar Peggy January 24, 2013, 3:54 pm

    I’m a symmetrical kind of gal. I don’t know if I could handle freeform…

  • avatar Christine Pasmore January 24, 2013, 5:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try free form peyote, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I guess I’m a little intimidated. I’m sure this would help me get started and learn to create my own pieces.

  • avatar Kathryn January 24, 2013, 5:35 pm

    I made several pieces of freeform a free years ago. Your post makes me want to do this again. So just going with the flow creative! I just gave one of the freeform necklaces to my new sister-in-law who saw it and loved it. She reports many envious compliments.

  • avatar susie January 24, 2013, 7:50 pm

    wishing you the best in your start of a whole new way of life. i just recently found your website as i am new to beading and really love peyote the most so far. your work is such an inspiration to me thanks for sharing. i saw a coffee cup that said DIET!! Why should my body have to pay for something my mouth did?

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 24, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Thanks for your sweet comment, Susie. LOL at the coffee cup you saw :)

  • avatar Kathleen January 24, 2013, 8:44 pm

    I haven’t tried free form peyote. I am always up to learning new techniques. I have been doing traditional style native American beadwork for hmm 25 year s now, but I am looking to expand my skills and learn new techniques.

  • avatar LoriF January 24, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Huge thanks again to Mandi and Karen for the opportunity! I’m so excited to win the book! I’ve already started on a very small freeform piece and will post it on the FB site when I complete it.
    Eeeeeee!! :-)

  • avatar medha devdas January 24, 2013, 9:53 pm

    amazing fabtabulously awesome giveaway. I would love to win the book.I love all bead work.this free form peyote stitch is my first try.i had great fun with this stitch no rules ….. just had a great stitch

  • avatar Trish Harmon January 25, 2013, 10:40 am

    Love ff peyote. A great way to express yourself out of the box!!! I have done one ffp bracelet. Hoping to start a cab with ffp bracelet. Not good enough yet to take on a challenge!!!

  • avatar Chrei January 27, 2013, 10:27 pm

    This is the Year of Freedom, Free from the fear of Freeform Peyote..

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 28, 2013, 5:34 am

    Trish, it’s not so much about being good enough, its about creating something, and having fun using ffp. :) We have some complete newbies in the challenge, but I can understand its scary to put your work out there. Thanks for the abbreviation btw!

    That’s awesome, Chrei! I love that attitude :)

  • avatar Pam Chesbro January 28, 2013, 6:27 pm

    I’m already entered into the Blog Hop and already just a bit apprehensive. What excites me the most is the ability to choose so many beads of different sizes and textures. This is also what scares me the most! What if it turns out looking like a total mishmash of junk without any cohesive structure? Hope I win the book. It couldn’t hurt!

  • avatar Alisa January 31, 2013, 3:36 pm

    I have been drawn to freeform peyote since I have seen some wonderful examples on pintrest. It has been on my “do someday” list, but this challenge is the push I need to get started. I am excited to see what I can create without an advance planned design.

  • avatar June Moore February 16, 2013, 9:41 am

    As a new beader I fear not having a pattern and really need the book to try it.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth February 16, 2013, 10:22 am

    Hi June, The contest has ended, but Karen has posted a great first steps tutorial here: http://baublicious.blogspot.com/2013/02/freeform-peyote-bracelet-first-steps.html I hope you give it a try :)

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