Learn to break the rules!

Are you a rule breaker? Are you one of those people who, if they give you an inch, you take a mile?

Alternatively, do you live within the rules and not venture out of the ‘box’? Does the word ‘freeform’ make you squirm with fear!

My first venture with freeform anything was a big step. As a seed beader – especially with peyote – I felt comfort knowing that my beads would line up with perfect precision. I knew what to expect when I was planning the next row, and then the next.  I have since discovered that freeform peyote is not the scary world I had first imagined.

Freeform is not disregarding the rules – it is respecting structure but challenging the placement of beads, stones, wire, metals and focal elements so you can apply your own creative vision. It is having fun and playing with colour. It is adding texture where you would least expect it. It can be described as organic and without preconceptions.

Freeform can also mean using materials that you would not expect, such as placement of charms within beading or using pebbles and even bottlecaps as part of an embroidery piece.

Give yourself an opportunity to learn about using freeform in your design work this summer. You’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was about how much you will enjoy it!


Upcoming classes incorporating freeform techniques:

Sunday, July 7
Freeform Peyote Bracelet: Design-on-the-Fly!
Instructor:
Anne Marie Desaulniers
10:00am – 5:00pm
Incorporate freeform peyote into a statement bracelet you’ll be proud to wear!


Saturday, July 7
Turtle Tab Setting a cabochon, a flat back crystal or flat bead
Instructor:
Liz Kennedy
12:00 – 3:00pm
Learn the art of creating a pendant that perfectly reflects your choice of stone or bead!


Saturday, June 13
Pebble Beach Jewellery
Instructor:
Ann Shewan
10:30am – 1:30pm
Explore how to drill pebbles that you can incorporate into your own designs!


Thursday, August 1
Swirly Pendant and Earrings
Instructor:
Liz Kennedy
6:00 – 9:00pm
This is a very easy project using a flat bead, half round and round wire to make a very organic pendant and earrings – a great first step into freeform wire.

Click on the class name for complete information including course description, applicable fees and on-line registration. You can also click on the instructor’s name for more classes she is teaching.

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