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Step One - Gather Your Beads
Freeform Peyote Stitch Beaded Bracelet

Freeform Peyote Stitch Beaded Bracelet

Freeform Peyote stitch can look intimidating at first. The different bead sizes, color changes, the loops, surface decoration and extra beads within the Peyote beading make it look complex, but at heart, it's really not at all difficult once your base row is established. The beading can get complex after that; the time, effort and number of beads you work into any beaded piece is up to you.

Keep your bead selection varied but small. Freeform looks best when beaded with different bead sizes, which is easier to manage if you work in monochrome, adding black, white, or a metallic for accent.

Consider bead texture and surface treatment when you pull the beads in each size. Use matte or shiny opaque and transparent beads, iris beads, oil-slick colors, surface-treated matte beads, silver or gilt lined, metallic beads and luster beads. Mix the colors together or keep them separate; it's up to you. Just be sure to keep the sizes separated.

Here's an easy bead count for freeform beading:
  • Choose at least two shades and textures in size 6/0 beads.
  • Set out two or three shades and textures in size 8/0 beads.
  • Gather five or six shades and textures in size 11/0 beads.
  • Add at least 3 colors and textures in Delica-type cylinder beads.
  • Add one or two shades in smaller beads, such as size 13/0 Charlotte beads for their sparkle, or those tiny size 15/0 beads for textural interest.
  • At one major "focal" bead as the bracelet center, side, or even clasp. Don't overlook the brilliant new Czech glass buttons as focal possibilities.
  • Add a few accent beads; flat beads such as coin shapes, lentils, donuts, or side-drilled lentils add textural interest and comfort.
  • Don't worry if your group of beads looks skimpy; you can always add more as you go, These beads, other than the those beads smaller than the 11/0 are meant to build the central section of the bracelet.

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