I've finally remembered to take a picture of something! This is my second free-form bracelet. I had a lot of fun making this.
I highly recommend Karen William's book FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry for anyone interested in free-form work. I added a brief review in the Books section of the BD forum.
Ugh - I just noticed the thread showing in the 1st photo. I went back & trimmed it, then forgot to take a new pic.
Very nice. I've never understood how freeform works, I'll have to take a look at the book.
WHOA! Very nice!
I can't do bead stitching any more since I broke my thumb, but I can admire!
Very pretty and so creative! I love the purple :)
Thank you all. :)
Val, I hope the thumb isn't a permanent injury.
yeah, I like that and would not have guessed as a peyote free form! I just don't get things that "free form"! My little mind cannot get around it! Guess that's why delicas are my favorite bc they are so perfectly symmetrical and even!! LOL! But great job!!!
I wish it was temporary, but it's permanent. They had to remove bone during the second surgery, and I only have 10% ROM in that thumb now. And of course, it's my right thumb. Still, I can hang onto my pliers, so I can still do stringing and such. Just not fine work like sewing and weaving anymore. I'm lucky it wasn't amputated! All because I fell down the stairs in January and had no idea I'd broken my thumb till it got infected and went septic. Sigh...
I can't even imagine... so sorry... :-(
Very lovely! I should try free form beading. I have a workbench full of loose beads and I think it would be fun to see what I can come up with as I pick them up and string them all together in a cool fabulous "pattern" ;)
Love the colors you used and the lacy effect it has
Thanks! I must say, I'm grateful I can still bead at all! It keeps my spirits up, especially now that I've learnt I'm nearing Stage 4 renal failure due to the infections and nonstop antibiotics. Means my kidneys are shutting down and if the docs can't kickstart them into working properly I will need a transplant. Crazy, huh? If I wasn't going through it I'd think I was watching a lost episode of "House." But designing my jewelry and staying in contact with my beady buddies keeps me sane! I frequently get ideas, and work on projects whilst I'm in hospital.
It's been a very unusual year, but at the same time, I've made a lot of wonderful new friends. I'm hangin' in there!
Wow! Thank you - I am honored and flattered by your post! And I love your bracelet.
Freeform peyote can be so many different things - it's such a flexible stitch technique. I love seeing people run with it and making it their own. Your piece is so open it reminds me of a spiderweb or lace. Very beautiful and organic!
Val, I'm glad you're hanging in there!
I had beaded before, but started beadweaving during a long stint in hospital. It helps immensely to have some creative activity for part of the day! It's also nice to have something to talk about with the staff besides health issues.
Best thing I can do, especially since I just found out I'm terminal. I have maybe a year left, at best. My kidneys just refuse to kickstart back into proper working order. They're going to do a biopsy in a couple of weeks to see what's shutting them down, then they'll begin interviewing and typing my immediate family to see if any of them are a possible transplant match, and if that will help me. In the meantime, my jewelry is so enjoyable to work on, and my friends help to keep my spirits up. We'll see how it goes!
Val - you have an incredibly positive energy! All of that from a fall and a broken thumb, I see why you feel like you're in the lost episdoe from House. I truly, truly hope that your personal miracle arrives shortly.
And in the meantime, I'd love to see some of your work! I swung by your profile page, but it didn't have any pictures.
Glad you're still able to bead!
I think maybe it will- with so many people praying for me, God might decide it's not time for me to come home yet.
Dad's got the camera fixed, so I'm going to start photographing tomorrow or Monday, upload them to my files and try to get it right this time when I upload them to the site!