>Freedom Sunday

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What is freedom?

Freedom is the state of being free; the absence of restrictions.
Freedom is liberty of a person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
Freedom is the power to act or speak as you choose.
Freedom is political independence.
Freedom is the capacity to exercise choice.
Freedom is the ease or facility of movement.
Academic freedom is the liberty to teach, pursue, and discuss knowledge without restriction or interference, as by school or public officials.
Political freedom is the right, or the capacity, of self-determination as an expression of the individual will.
And, in philosophy, freedom is the ability to act consciously, in a well-balanced manner and with self control in a given constructive direction.

Here in the States, we are lucky to have many types of freedom:

Freedom to bear arms
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of association
Freedom of education
Freedom of the press
Freedom of religion
Freedom of speech
Freedom of thought

Today, I am adding a new one to the list:)
The freedom to bead.

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The freedom to bead is the power to create beadwork as you choose, with no design restrictions. This freedom is a gift that has been given to people all over the world who possess the desire to bead:)

I exercised the freedom to bead and created this freeform peyote necklace, which I finished today. I used over 30 different kinds of seed beads to create this piece. It measures approx. 18″ long by almost 1″ wide, and I used a sterling silver slide clasp for a closure.
I call it “Let Freedom Reign“.

What does the word ‘freedom’ mean to you?

11 thoughts on “>Freedom Sunday

  1. >Many United States citizens and non citizens alike feel they are “entitled” to the freedoms they enjoy in this country. However, I feel Janeen is on right page when she says, “with freedom comes the responsiblity to value it.” We need to value the freedom of choice. It is not an entitlement but something that many have fought and still fight with their lives for. Thank you Janeen for putting it in the right context. Thank you Lone Beader for making us think about the importance of that word. If not for “freedom” we would not be enjoying your “freedom reigns” necklace. For a patriotic piece it is awesomely gorgeous. Aunt Nancy

  2. >I would love the freedom to just have / enjoy my religion without someone telling me it is not as good as their religion. I would love to have the freedom of a good job that pays fair wages. I enjoy hard work and would earn every penny. I would love to live in a society where people work together …oh yeah shit, that is called Utopia.still I am very happy to have my American citizenship at last! Best country for me!

  3. >This is an unusual necklace–usually patriotic type jewelry is so tacky–this is great! I had to think about your question for a few days: I think freedom means the right for every human being to develop to their full potential.and thanks for helping me to think about this…

  4. >I am in love with this necklace! What a fabu job you did!! Let’s see, what does Freedom mean to me? To me, it means Responsibility. With freedom comes the responsibility to value it.

  5. >Where as I understand what freedom means. The thing is…that many don’t have the ability to actually be free..and do what they want,need etc. It does mean alot though that freedom for others exsists. :)Painting is as much freedom as I’ll ever know.I am WAY LUCKY to have that. I am also VERY VERY THANKFUL! Thankful that freedom exsists for others.🙂

  6. >Normally LB, I kind of dislike patriotic craft (that’s because usually it’s bad). Normally, I don’t like the color combination of red, white and blue (just personal taste)…so…um..this is a terrific necklace. The colors look fabulous, the design is great. So, I guess I can dispense with what I “normally” like, huh? Really like this work.Great piece! May you always have freedom to bead!

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