Well hello my friends! I am so happy to be able to announce the publishing of my very first pattern for 2016 - Dahlias!!!
I finished this arrangement yesterday, and then finished the PDF this morning. :) I think this may be my new favorite arrangement. I'm keeping it forever. I'm going to try to get a video of the flower catching the light, because these beads are beautiful and super sparkly. Beyond anything the camera could catch in a still picture. I pledged before that I was going to do more shading and and interesting color patterns in my pieces, so I made my leaves stripey using regular 11/0's and 2 cut 11/0's which are really sparkly too. It was awesomely fun, and I love the effect! And it didn't really take much longer than making 1 colored scallops.
Funny story... while I was editing the pictures for the PDF, after I had already spent hours and hours putting it all together, I realized that I'd forgotten to put the sepals on... who does that? The flowers are so heavy, and my arms were so sore from holding them up during assembly that I dreaded the idea of taking them apart to put the sepals on... So I put them on afterwards. Had to bend all my leaves back out of the way, but it was still tricky. So... don't forget your sepals! And then my picture for my largest leaves didn't turn out, so I got to make a new large leaf this morning. It just had to be the large one! These things are what happens when you go with very little sleep for multiple days in a row.
My fingers hurt, my arms hurt, my whole soul is tired from lack of sleep. But, I feel victorious! The vase I've chosen to display these in was a gift from my wedding almost 8 years ago. It's been sitting around (getting a nice patina because I think patinas are cool) waiting for something to be put in it. This little lovely shall grace the top of our piano for eternity.
Hello! If you read my last post, then you know that I'm working on my next French Beaded Flower pattern. I'm doing my Dahlias! This pattern has been requested for a long time, so I'm excited that I'll finally be able to offer it.
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to do yellow with pink edging... but I changed my mind. The longer I looked at it, the less I liked it and it started to look garish and a little juvenile... and not realistic at all. I probably just chose the wrong beads, so I'll try that color combo again later. I've switched to yellow with white tips. I'm also using 2 cut satin beads, which are my absolute favorites in the whole wide world. The beads are sparkly AND silky, and they're just gorgeous. I'm planning on getting a video of the finished flowers catching the light so you can see the effect better. It's glorious!
I did make a few adjustments to my original Dahlia design - just adding in extra petals, really. So far I've got the petals finished. It was quite a task because there are so very many petals. I've got enough for a Large Dahlia and a Smaller one, plus a bud (might add a few more petals to that one). These petals still all need to be laced... (sewing across them with fine wire), so I guess they're not done-done. I'll be working on leaves and sepals next, between petal lacing sessions. If that goes quickly I might have time to add on a couple more buds. I'm still planning on publishing the pattern by the end of the month. Go fingers, go!
Here's a little preview of what the smaller Dahlia will look like once assembled. I tried so hard to get a shot like this of my Larger Dahlia, but there's just too many petals to hold together. I was surprised that I managed the smaller one.
Whenever I manage to get my hands on flowers, I take them apart to see how all the pieces connect. And so I can photograph, trace, and measure all the parts and pieces. I don't get to do it often, since I have a black thumb of death and can't seem to grow real flowers... and asking neighbors if I can dissect some of their flowers is just too much for a shy, socially awkward person like me. It really does help develop accurate patterns. Plus it's just plain fascinating.
Anyways, it's Spring now (yay!) which means flowers are starting to pop out everywhere. Including grocery stores. So I snagged myself a miniature daffodil plant. I took just a few flowers to study - one in each size that I saw on the plant. The largest was 2 1/2 inches wide. The smallest one (1 7/8" wide) just opened this morning. I meant to get pics and measurements for buds, too, but they popped open on me before I could get it done.
I'll probably go back and get the Hyacinth and tulips...
Happy Spring, everyone!
Hello there! I'm back again with another finished custom order. This time I was working with tiny little 15/0 seed beads to make some Lily of the Valley. I don't make tiny little flowers very often. Most of my work is for larger flowers, so it was nice to do something a little different.
Next I am taking a break from custom orders to produce my Dahlia pattern. I've had this baby on my schedule for March since last year. I had other patterns/tutorials on my schedule for January and February, but life got in the way. It feels so weird that I haven't published a new pattern yet this year. Such a slacker! But, my Dahlia pattern will be out by the end of the month. I've actually already started making the flowers. :) Muahahahaha! Can't wait to have them finished. Though I'm uncertain about the colors I've chosen. :S I'm doing yellow with pink edging... because I saw a dahlia with those colors and it blew me away. But the longer I look at what I've made so far, the less I like it. So... that might change?
In case you missed it in the title, I do have a super Pattern Sale going on right now. The sale is for 40% off any of my PDF Patterns and Tutorials, in both my Etsy Pattern Shop and my Pattern Shop on this website. No coupon code is necessary as the prices are already marked down. Last day of the sale will be Monday, March 21st.
Yay my Poppies and my Mini Rose Vine are finished.
Here are some pics from my photo shoot with my Poppies. The arrangement was ordered with some gold and black ferns, but I personally prefer it without them. These little leaves were so easy to make, but it required some weird technique combos.
And then I got to make another mini rose vine. This time the roses were larger than the usual ones I make, and the entire vine was wrapped with beads. My customer picked off-white, red, and black for the roses, with mixed green leaves. I wasn't sure how the mix would turn out, I'm in love with it. I need to make more and smother my whole house in them. Muahahaha.
The leaves all have different shading patterns, which were really fun to make. I do plan on doing a pattern for the rose vine someday, I'm just not sure when.
Up next I will be making some Lily of the Valley stems. Then I'm taking a break from custom orders to do the Dahlia pattern that everyone has been requesting since last summer. I'm thinking I'll make these ones orange and yellow, just because I don't work with a lot of orange. Or maybe red and garnet? Gah I can't decide.
I will also be working a little on the beaded berry pattern that my friend, Suzanne Steffenson, and I have been developing. Hopefully I will have more news (or at least some teaser pics) for that soon. Though we are including a great deal of info, so it's a longer term tutorial project.
In other news I am running a pattern sale this week! Every single PDF Pattern and Tutorial in my Pattern Shop is 40% off until March 21st. No coupon code required!
Hello again, folks! It's been a very busy week(ish) at Lauren's Creations. I've finished my next order for these 2 pink Dahlias. Yay!
But I've also received quite a few more custom orders since last I updated this blog. I'm now booked all the way through June. I will leave my shop open until Saturday, when my 15% off offer expires, then after that I will be closing for a few months so I can get through this long list. My current project is for a mini Poppy arrangement. Originally we were going with the larger Poppy, but my customer decided she wanted them smaller. So I'm making 3 of the tiny ones on the left. Plus a couple buds, some of those funky poppy leaves, and the black and gold fern leaves that you can kind of see in the background in the second picture. I'm saving the larger one I made for a future project. :)
This one will be finished in just a couple days. Then I'm jumping right in to another mini rose vine. Then I get to make Lily of the Valley, after which I'm taking a break to do my Dahlia Pattern by the end of the month. Then I will be making an Astilbe Stem, a Purple Iris, 3 Purple Gerbera Daisies, a Wedding Bouquet!, a Hydrangea, then another Southern Magnolia and a Purple Ruffled Rose. Phew! Some of these projects seem so far away. But I'm excited for each and every one of them. Of course, because of the scheduling needs of a couple of them, I'm having to push my Hydrangea pattern from April into June. But, I'm making a Hydrangea that month for a custom order so it works out well. :) I haven't published a new pattern this year and it feels really strange. I had no idea that this many orders would come in back to back. My little fingers are going to be beading like crazy, that's for sure.
I will see you all next week with another update on my progress.
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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