Hello there my friends! I've been a little delinquent in posting as of late. But no worries, there hasn't been much to write about - until today! About a month back a lady in our French Beaded Flower Facebook group posted this picture of a beaded leaf made using an odd technique.
There was much discussion in our group about how to do this technique, what sizes of beads and wire were used, and whether it was even considered French Beading at all. I've seen this used before in an older antique arrangement, but I couldn't see the details to figure out how it was made. Researching, or googling since I have limited resources, yielding very little information. But it is French Beading, just an old and not commonly used technique.
One of my friends from the group found a leaf for sale which was made with this technique, so she purchased it and after inspecting it, forwarded it to me so I could take a peek! Here are some pictures of that leaf. It doesn't appear to be as well constructed as the leaf above, but at least the method is clearly seen.
I noticed while inspecting the leaf that the maker only wrapped the wires once around the outer edges, and thus some of the wires were coming loose. I'm not sure how old this leaf is, but perhaps it's just been around a while and has taken a beating. But either way, I decided to wrap twice for extra security. :)
Since this technique was the topic of such a hearty debate on the Facebook group, I decided that I would blog about my findings and share a little tutorial on how to make similar leaves. At the moment I am unaware of a specific name for this method, so I will just refer to it as the Antique Technique until someone corrects me.
You can view the tutorial Here!
Every time I type the word "pine cone" it tells me its supposed to be two words, but that looks really off to me. Oh well.
Anyhoo... I've finished this custom piece! It measures 14 x 9 inches, just slightly larger then the original Blue Poinsettia wall hanging that this one was designed from. The blue one is in my personal collection, but I kind of like this red one better! I'm going to have to make myself some red poinsettias now.
Here's a little slideshow of the commissioned piece. :)
Hmmmm... What should I make next? I really want to play with 15's. But I also want to do Pumpkins and lilies and orchids and... everything else, and I'm going to play with a new technique, which I will be demonstrating on my blog hopefully sometime soon.
Recently I was put in charge of planning and executing the Fall Festival at church. (My own fault as I presented the idea... teach me to have ideas ever again!) Thank heavens for delegation. Haha! At least I had a couple weeks of relative down time. I've had to turn down a few custom orders, and I feel badly about that because they were so excited, and some of them were going to be gifts... But this tired mama needs a break from pressure and deadlines.
I've noticed that many of the patterns I have available are more difficult than most beginners could manage. So, I'm going to be doing a few easier patterns, along with a few more technique tutorials. One pattern that's been requested is Astilbe, and I'm thinking maybe Pansies, Lilies, or Poinsettias, or a new Rose design after that. Hmm. maybe I'll just do all of them. Muahahahahaha!
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.
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