My Freeform Beaded Amulet Bag


A few weeks ago, I wrote about a freeform peyote bracelet I created and referenced an amulet bag I had created years ago that inspired the bracelet. Here is the amulet bag. I did some experimenting with hanging the bag within my light tent. My kit came with some hanging clips so I hung the bag from the clips so I could take a photo with the fringe hanging naturally and freely. The sea glass I encased on the front of the bag was found on a beachcombing expedition when I visited Maui a couple of years ago. I added that on after the bag was finished. The ceramic fish and seahorse beads were purchased during a trip to Nantucket.


The strap is done in a spiral stitch. It took many hours to finish the bag over the course of 4 years, working on and off during a challenging time in my life. So, the freeform peyote technique and its meditative qualities will always represent healing to me. Maybe that is why I’m drawn to it so much.


8 comments on “My Freeform Beaded Amulet Bag

  1. Dora says:

    Karen, your beadwork is always stunning, as is this piece ! Wow, four years, that’s a long time to work on one project. I love the blues and greens, they say ‘ocean’, ‘serenity’, and ‘contemplation’ to me.

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Dora, those are some of the things I was meditating on while I was beading the piece. I love beading in this freeform way because you definitely enter into the universal flow and just hang out there in each beading moment.

  3. nina says:

    it is breathtaking, karen – absolutely gorgeous. too, the photography really captures the detail, in what i am assuming is its true color – that is what i have trouble with when using my light box. i rarely use it because of that!
    your work is stunning. x

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks bookbabie!

  5. Judy says:

    Karen.. I don’t think there is anything you create that I don’t love. This is beautiful! Just beautiful!

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