I have finally completed my Gerberas!
While I was looking over some Gerbera arrangements, I realized that most of them had the native leaves removed, so I figured it made sense to make them this way. I might make a potted one still this month with just one or two flowers, and that one will have the leaves included. :) I also wrapped the stems with embroidery floss this time. They're such sweet flowers, I thought they needed a nice luxurious finish. I almost switched the centers, so the dark pink would have white centers, and the light pink ones would be all light pink, but I thought the colors popped more this way. These babies have been listed in my Etsy Shop!
Also look for a Gerbera barrette in the next few days. Maybe a regular Daisy one as well, if time allows. I'd like to start on a bonsai tree I've been wanting to make for my husband. Our wedding anniversary is next month, so I thought it would be a nice little gift for him.
Since it's getting close to the end of the month, I need to start deciding on next month's flower. I have two ideas that I'd like to work on, so I'm going to ask for a vote.
What do you think May's Flower of the Month should be?
- Orchid (In this case I'd be making a couple of potted Orchids, hopefully two varieties, along with a few accessories).
- Rose (I'd begin work on a large rose wall hanging, and possibly a potted mini rose bush).
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was going to work on a necklace design to send to a tester. I do like testing my new accessory ideas on people who aren't me and don't have experience with handling french beaded flowers. Mostly to test how well they hold up to see if the idea is viable.
I worked with my friend on the design for this one, since I wanted to make sure it would be something she would wear. We decided on a simpler necklace, and that's probably best for a first design. She has already given me some valuable feedback, but I'm waiting a few more days for a final say. I'm really hoping to do more of them! I have quite a few ideas. :)
I asked my Facebook fans if they would prefer to see Daisies or Tulips next, and the vote called for Daisies! So they are my Flower of the Month for April. :)
Daisies are often called the friendliest flowers. They are symbolic of innocence, gentleness, joy, purity, loyal love, and simplicity.
Daisies are rather easy to make with French Beading, so it only took me a couple of days to whip up a set of 5 little white daisy stems for a little bouquet.
I've made Daisies before, but I used to make the centers flat, which didn't look as realistic. I was grateful for the chance to redo my pattern. These babies have been listed in my Etsy Shop!
Daisies are my mother's favorite flowers. A few years back I made her a beaded flower sculpture/display with a Daylily and some Daisies. It was a lot of fun to make. :)
I wasn't able to do a tutorial this weekend, because I'd forgotten that we had some plans that took up most of my time. So, that's one thing to look forward to this week. I'll be covering the Basic Frame, which is the most used french beading technique.
You can also expect to see my first necklace design. I'm making this one for a friend of mine who will be testing the concept for me to see if they're sell-able. :)
Then, following along with my Daisy theme this month, I'm going to make one or two daisy brooches, a hair clip or bobby pin set. Then I'm going to try to expand on regular daisies and make some Gerbera Daisy stems, and depending on how long it takes to make a pattern for those, I'm hoping to do a few gerbera accessories too. :) Yay!
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