Hello wonderful readers! I am (finally) back with the next free tutorial that I promised for you. I've had these pictures taken for a few weeks now, but then I had my baby before I could get around to publishing the tutorial and needed a little while to adjust and recover. Baby girl is 2 weeks old now (she came a couple weeks early), and she and mommy are both doing well. On a side note, I apologize for any delays in answering emails lately. I believe I've gotten caught up now. For now, my Etsy Shop is closed until I feel ready to reopen that. But my tutorials and patterns are still up and available.
Now for that free tutorial... This technique I have never seen in any books, but I don't own all the books, so I'm not entirely sure if this is a traditional French Beading technique or just something that popped in my head. I couldn't find mention of it anywhere... so I made up a name for it - Vertical Continuous Basic Frame. It allows for making multiple Basic Frame pieces stacked on top of each other on a single central wire.
Kind of a weird little technique, and I'm not sure how many useful applications there are of it. But a tutorial was requested by several people so I figured I might as well put it out there. Perhaps someone will find more use for it than I. One person mentioned using it for a Christmas Cactus. I used it to make this little headband.
If you do use it I'd be interested in seeing what you make.
I did also get to make a couple of mini trees. The white one is 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide. The smaller green one is 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
I'm not sure how I feel about the gold under the white tree. I intended it to look like a tree skirt. But I will be decorating that one eventually, and possibly adding little beaded present boxes, so perhaps those additions will help balance out the bolder color. The small one I am leaving as is.
I'm still on maternity leave, so I'm not quite ready for custom work. But I do have a few projects in the works. One is another free beginner's pattern that I hope to have finished soon. Then I am also working on a fun project with my husband (I'll share details once I have something to show), a wall hanging for my baby, and some new designs for springtime flowers.
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Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.