Freeform Beaded iphone bag by Carla Barrett
FREEFORM BEADED TUTORIAL
Since I’m still in a beading mood, I decided to teach myself some new stitches- primarily the peyote stitch. Then I started a freeform beaded piece shown below, though please note it is still a work in progress:
And this bridal necklace:
Here is a more recent work-in-progress:
How did I do this? It was actually pretty easy, so I thought I would share the how-to with you. I often will just start beading, then change and keep adding on and working the piece. However, in working with beginning students, I have found the following method works as a good starting point to learn this technique.
To Begin: collect beads in various sizes and colors that blend well together. Pick a focal piece or pieces as well to give your piece visual interest:
To begin, take a 2 yard piece of FIRELINE (a braided beading thread by The Beadsmith) and string about a 5-6 inch base row of various beads, taking care to mix sizes and colors:
Next, build off of your first row using any stitch you have learned. In the example below, I used peyote stitch and ladder stitch:
Here is a tutorial for how to do a Ladder Stitch (click to enlarge):
And here is a tutorial for how to do peyote stitch, even count:
Get creative! Just keep building and beading until it starts to flow for you. I still have a way to go, but here is my most recent work-in-progress:
Once I complete the piece above, I plan to turn it into a necklace, so I will add-to and finish it off accordingly. Last step will be to add a clasp. The above piece works, I feel, because the focal point flower helps to balance the entire freeform piece.
Here is another small freeform bag in a different colorway:
If anyone tries this mini tutorial, please send me a picture of your finished project. I would love to see your work!
Back to quilting now… Hugs, Carla