Sue’s Scarabs: the July COM reveal

I knew from the first it would be a bracelet.

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Bead/cap by Marsha Neal Studio. Scarab bead by Sue.

Do I dare? Do I dare tackle my first ever freeform peyote stitch project? I am a Virgo to the fullest, a lover of order… I do well with freeform bead embroidery – but that is a structured stitching – so I can go wild with bead shapes and colors and textures and patterns. Freeform peyote is all that freedom AND learning the structure. Adapting, working in a sculptural way.

So I tried it! I was working “along the length” of the bracelet so the bead closure and loop were in place early on in the process. The first step is stringing beads – of different sizes and colors… then going back along the length to start the peyote stitch pattern. This is the beginning:


There was a lot of tangling. Some cursing…. I decided to use 4 lb Fireline. Thin enough for multiple passes through beads, but strong and forgiving. ( I really don’t like Nymo) There are mistakes, there are sections that “ruffled” up but in general… IT WORKED!

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Here are the shots of the completed bracelet. It fits (me) perfectly! I will definitely take this further and experiment more with freeform peyote!

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Please pour a coffee and take a look at what my AE team mates and our guests have created! I would love to hear your thoughts… 

Guests

Deb Fortin

Lennis Carrier

Barb Fernald 

AE Team 

Diana

Lindsay

Claire

Lesley

Caroline

Laney

Cathy

Niky

Sue

(I apologize if the links are dead. I’ll fix ASAP. Waylaid by a stomach flu on vacation…. for now see all the links at Art Elements.  

14 thoughts on “Sue’s Scarabs: the July COM reveal

  1. cathysmendola says:

    Love it! I can’t believe this is your first freeform peyote piece-you aced it!!
    It works wonderfully with Sue’s lovely scarab. Your bead color choices blend beautifully. I see more freeform designs in the future:-)

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  2. Laney says:

    heheh I am not a Virgo so structure is something that I aim to achieve but my Piscean nature takes over and I end up swimming in all directions! I love how this turned out to me it is perfectly formed because it is freeform, so many textures and shapes, just beautiful 😀

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  3. windbent says:

    Its great that you are stretching your skills in new directions. This is really interesting. I like that it is symmetrical and still different on both sides, like when people make each earring different using the same beads. I will look forward to what you make next in freeform.

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  4. Deb Fortin says:

    I would take all the above comments and paste them into my comment here, They have said it all . this freeform peyote is something I have been wanting to try ever since I found my first pattern /instructions to make one. But I AM a Virgo, so not creating perfection intentionally is outside my comfort zone. But I will try . and hopefully mine will turn out as lovely as your first attempt has.

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  5. lesleyhw says:

    Love the randomness of this…not sure my OCD could cope with freeform but I may have to try. Great colour and bead combination too.

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  6. Lindsay S says:

    Look at you doing freeform peyote! Yay, I love it! I love how you used a bead as the closure too. I never think of that, but it makes a great continuation of the design, rather than interrupting it with a clasp. Fantastic!

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  7. niky sayers says:

    I completely love it, the colours are perfect and it looks like an accent treasure! I have always wanted to try freeform peyote and did not know that you could work along the length like this!

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  8. antiquitytravelers says:

    wow! for your first try at freeform …. I’m absolutely impressed! my first piece was stiff and chunky. I had so much trouble with the lack of order in my pattern! But you’ve really captured such a beautiful flow and organic feel. Stunning.

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