Monday, March 22, 2010

American Craft Council Show - Free Form Peyote Bracelet Demonstration by Cheri Meyer

When: Saturday, April 17 from 1:00-1:40 pm
American Craft Council Show - St Paul River Center, St. Paul, MN

Cheri Meyer of From Out of the Cracks began making jewelry about 25 years ago when she started collecting vintage buttons and trinkets for her designs. In the past three years she has mastered the art of free form peyote stitching--an off loom bead weaving technique. The photo above shows some of her beautiful creations.

According to Cheri,

"My free form peyote stitch bead work has no actual pattern or preconceived idea of how the piece will look when finished. It all starts with some visual inspiration that crosses my path, a mixture of color, a unique bead, a colorful pattern from a piece of material or a painting that speaks to me. Once the inspiration strikes my enthusiasm to gather a colorful pallet of beads becomes a passionate journey to take a needle and thread and one bead at a time to create something so wonderfully complex you can’t stop looking at it!"
That sounds pretty simple, but there is a skill to be learned that has been used for centuries in Egyptian and Native American beadwork. In her demonstration, Cheri will introduce this method and her personal adaptations to the process she uses for her peyote stitch bracelets. Cheri also has a wonderful gift of creating stunning color combinations. So, along with the necessary beading skills, she will share where she finds some of her inspiration for the color palettes she uses in her work.