Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Freeform~I'll Try Anything Once

As most of you know, I am relatively new to beading and have been very impressed by some of the freeform pieces I have seen in various places. While I was impressed by the creativity of others, I was intimidated, no make that terrified, to try it myself. This week I got brave and tested the freeform water. The result was this pair of drop earrings. I still am terrified by the thought of undertaking a larger freeform project, I guess I am a teeny bit less intimidated now that I have my first experience in freeform under my belt! See more pictures of these beauties here:

This necklace is another first for me, although it was certainly not as intimidating as attempting something so random as freeform. This is my first bezel that I have ever beaded. I fell in love with the natural stone bead, bought it, then didn't have a clue what to do with it. I finally had the idea of creating the bezel and after that was done, I struggled with how to hang it. After many tries, I finally created the spiral rope that it is shown with. It is a multi-functional piece that can be worn with or without the pendant. The spiral looks really nice when worn alone. Check out more pictures at my etsy shop: http://www.marytdesigns.etsy.com/om/ytdesigns.etsy.com/

Remember the little circles that I was making a couple of weeks ago? I looked at them long enough to decide what to do with them. I am making a netted cuff to attach them to. It is really neat because of the beads that I am using. I can't wait to get this one done. It is going to be a fun one!

Finally, a stitch that I am comfortable with - peyote. The first item I created was peyote and from then on I was hooked. Hooked on peyote..hooked on beading..hooked on creating! Now I am trying to get creative with designing patterns. This is my latest creation. You can see the pattern along with the beginning of the cuff. I just love to use peyote stitch. I can get lost in a piece and the hours just slip away. Where does the time go????
Have a great week everyone! I am off to bead.


  1. All of your creations look great :) I'd never thought of trying free form with earrings before!

  2. Freeform is something that I have yet to try. I also just mastered creating bezals. All your new work looks fantastic

  3. Thanks Jacquie and Ruthie. Your support means a lot!

  4. Wonderful work, Mary, and I am sure you will fall in love with freeform once you get more used to it - it's pure freedom!! Love your netted bracelet, can't wait to see the end result!!

  5. You are one busy lady, I love all of your finished pieces and your unfinished projects are gorgeous already, I can't wait to see the finished pieces!!

  6. Beautiful things all! Love the netted bracelet.

  7. Okay, seriously Mary, I had NO idea that you were new to beading-I am BLOWN AWAY; Let's just say, you could have fooled me and you pretty much did. LOL
    It looks like you've been beading for years!!!
    I really adore those free form earrings at the beginning of the post-I'm very happy that you were able to try something new :)
    Congratulations on all your stunning pieces!

  8. Beautiful Mary. I love they cabochon necklace and those flower wheels are adorable and look perfect on that netting. I'm looking forward to seeing the completed piece.

  9. Isn't it great when beading experiments turn out better than you hoped? Everything looks wonderful!

  10. Hey Mary, I love those Freeform earrings! The color choice is absolutely perfect in so many ways! I just connected to your blog via Lori Anderson's blog and really look forward to seeing more of your designs!

    Have a terrific Sunday!


  11. Mary, I am nominating you for the Sunshine blog award. You have always been very supportive and I appreciate it. Please visit my Blog to see the nomination: