If this is your first freeform peyote stitch project, you might want to limit the number of colors you use. For this project, I have chosen a palette of greens with a little bit of earthy-luster beads and some metallic bronze beads to add a little contrast.
For the actual beads, I chose two colors of size 11, 3 colors of size 8, and a size 11 hex cut bead.
I kept my accent beads small for this project. I chose an assortment of green luster India lampwork beads, some greenish-gold freshwater pearls and some earth-toned luster India lampwork beads.
I used moss green Wildfire beading thread for this project, as it is less likely to be frayed or cut by the rough edges of the India lampwork beads. (If you are using a nylon beading thread such as Nymo with India lampwork beads, make sure that you smooth any rough edges using a nail file or a bead reamer.)