Saturday, January 25, 2014

Freeform Beading Resources!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

To get you even more excited about Karen's Kickstarter, here are some of the best freeform beading resources I've found. And because no post on beading would be complete without lots and lots of eye candy, I've included that, too.

 (Gorgeous example of freeform peyote beading by Karen Williams.)

 (Another example of freeform by yours truly.)


Karen, as you know, wrote a book on freeform peyote beading. As I've mentioned before, it's one of my favorite beady books. She also has an Etsy shop with awesome kits and tutorials.

(Freeform cuff by Nancy Dale -- I love this one!!)

Nancy Dale shares the instructions for her Atlantis cuff in her Etsy shop. I have a copy of this tutorial, and it's amazing! The photographs are beautiful, the instructions are excellent, and what's more, it's a completely different approach to freeform -- she combines it with bead embroidery!

 (Another example of bead embroidery meeting freeform.)

Mandi Ainsworth offers a tutorial on her gorgeous freeform hearts.

(Fabulous work by Mandi Ainsworth.)

From Karen's blog, a tutorial on starting a freeform peyote bracelet!

From Cyndi Lavin's blog, a tutorial on creating a freeform peyote necklace! 

(Fantastic freeform necklace by Cyndi Lavin.)

(Sequined freeform by me.)

Beki Haley of Whimbeads shares a freeform bracelet tutorial.


Karen started a Facebook group all about freeform. This is a great source of inspiration and a wonderful community!


 (Beaded mini mannequin by Darcy Horn.)

Darcy Horn successfully funded a Kickstarter project called The Beaded Body. She's covering an entire mannequin in freeform peyote and brick stitch -- you have to see it to believe it! And yes, she used a Barbie body as a prototype. This makes me so happy. 

Blog Hops

Karen and Mandi's Choose Your Own Adventure blog hop.

(One of the pieces I made for the hop.)

(One of Debbie Rasmussen's hop pieces... one of my favorites ever.)

They also partnered for a Captured Objects blog hop.

(Karen's piece for the hop.)

 (Another piece of Mandi's... that uses safety pins!!)

If you haven't already, I hope these resources inspire you to give freeform a try and to support Karen's project! And if there are any resources I've left out, let me know. I'd be happy to add them.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins


  1. Your choices of pictures are stunning, Sarah! I love freeform, it's one of my favorite ways to bead. I love your necklace with the sequins. That's what's fun about freeform, anything goes! I have Karen's first book and I'm anxiously awaiting the second.

    1. Aww, thank you!! Since you love freeform, would you like me to include a photo of yours in this post? Just link me to a favorite freeform piece, and I'll put it up here. <3

  2. Ah thanks Sarah, great post!

    1. You're so welcome! Your red necklace really is one of my favorites ever. <3

  3. What a glorious array of eye candy, and dare I say, beady porn!!!!! Thank you so much for including me in here, I'm over the moon to be among such lovely artists -and I LOVE YOUR NECKLACES!!!!! Swoon-worthy and then some!! :) I can see we both love those blues....

    1. Yay, beady porn! That's actually the perfect description. And of course I included you here -- you're one of my all time favorite freeform beaders!

      Thanks, Nancy -- yup, those blues are gorgeous. I'm in the middle of another piece in greens and blues, and it's making me very happy. <3

  4. Aren't you sweet...thank you so much for including my tutorial! Wow, that cuff by Nancy is just GORGEOUS!

    1. You're so welcome, Cyndi! It's an awesome tutorial, for sure.

      Isn't that cuff to die for?? The way she put it together is so clever.

  5. I have to agree with Nancy - your necklaces are definitely swoon-worthy! Love how you combine sequins, freeform peyote and bead embroidery.

    1. Aww! Thanks, Karen! Means a lot coming from my freeform mentor. <3

      Would you be at all surprised to know that I've started making freeform... for dolls? It's a little trickier because I have to keep the proportions in mind, but a lot of fun, all the same.


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