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Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Designing Original Art Jewelry and Beyond Paperback – November 16, 2014
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About the Author
Karen Williams has worked with fiber and beads for the past twenty years. Fascinated by the infinite possibilities of the medium, her current work combines freeform peyote beading into abstract, organic jewelry and sculptural designs. Passionate about teaching as well as bead weaving, Karen fuses both interests in her latest book. She shares an in-depth view into her design process, including a candid look how she works with those troublesome designs which don’t go according to plan. Karen now resides in Seattle, Washington, where she continues to explore as an artist, author and workshop instructor.
Top customer reviews
If you have no experience at all, and want a general view of the beading process, this book covers the basics that would apply to any stitch.
I have many years of experience with freeform and I still found a lot of very useful information.
I was very impressed with both organization, and presentation of the material. The photography is superb. The author is quite thorough. The information is presented in a clear and logical manner. A very good read, and most inspiring.
Karen's book covers the basics of the stitches, and shows the "how to's". How to make freeform ruffle, how to make bridges, how to make freeform bezels. Karens book provides great "eye candy" for inspiration. And also provides a lot of pictures and notes about the process.
Freeform peyote is an "anything goes" kind of stitch. I feel like the biggest obstacle to this art form can be your own self doubt. Of which, I have lots. Does this look right? How will that flatten out later? This looks too splotchy... All of these thoughts can be soothed by looking at the process pictures in the book. And realizing that it will look better with the next pass. For me, getting from point A to point B needs a little road map.
On my first freeform piece, I got very stuck and had to put it down because I wasn't happy with how it was turning out. Karen's book is that road map that helped me through the "ugly duckling" stage. I'm starting to like the piece I'm making. Another great thing about Karen's work (and this is not so much about the book... as it is about her supplemental work) - is that her blog is also full of other freeform peyote work. I have found that her blogs often reinforce the book content.
The best part of the book is the collaboration with other bead artists who not only showcase their finished works, but also shows steps on how they got there. Understanding an artists process is key to working in freeform peyote. You learn how different artists approach freeform differently. I think this gives the reader a great way to learn multiple tips/tricks from multiple teachers.
If you are at all interested in freeform peyote, get the book, and also check out Karen's blog.