The fact that I have fun with freeform, is probably no surprise to most of you. I bead it, I stitch it, then sometimes even combine the two!
It’s an intuitive way of working, that allows you to create, without following a traditional pattern. It is a fairly free way of working, but still requires a certain amount of order. Without that, there would be chaos! This one, entitled “Worms”, is a little chaotic, but it was an experiment, that just kept on giving. I still love it!!
When I create, I let my mind flow free, but I’m always conscious of how the piece looks. Are the colours balanced? Do the two sides, and the colours, complement each other (say, in a bracelet)? What would happen if I leave this part (or bead) out, but add something else instead? Is symmetrical overrated? Do you find asymmetrical charming?
Do I know what the end result will be? Sometimes, but I do not always know where my piece is going, until I’m far enough along on the path, to see the end! I choose my main colour groupings, then adjust them as I go along. If a red bead (or thread), falls into my pile of blue ones, who am I to complain? That’s where serendipity comes into play, because it’s a happy accident. Design happens, and fate has intervened!
I do bead, and stitch traditionally? That’s the way I was taught, and I’m glad that I learned the rules, before I starting breaking them! Fun with freeform, is just another way of working. You let your right brain do the work, while eliminating the need to follow a pattern. Just think of all the trees you will save! Besides, you need to stretch yourself, to reach your true potential!
I do teach fun with freeform classes! They are my favourites, and include both intuitive bead embroidery, and freeform peyote. Then, how about a dash of hand embroidery (my stitch meditations), mixed in with some mixed media (inks, paints, collage)? There’s nothing wrong with any of it! Of course, there’s nothing wrong with traditional either, but sometimes you need to break out of the mold, to refresh your work. Even stringing can benefit from a freeform approach!
I like to sharpen my skills with a traditional technique or two, because I think that it’s important to keep up with what the beading, and stitching world is doing? However, my heart belongs to having fun with freeform? I hope that I have convinced some of you to give it a try, if only to shut me up, by telling me that you did it!