I've finished up a couple accessories within my Daisy theme for April. They both took a few tries to get right.
Here's my new daisy pin!
And here is my Gerbera Daisy barrette
I think this finishes up my Daisy quest for the month. I wanted to make a few more, but my brain is spazzing out a bit and I can't get anything to look right, so I think it's time to move on and give my brain something new to think about. I do have a few days left over, so I might try a smaller project - like a little potted pansy - as a palette cleanser. Or I might start work on my husband's beaded bonsai. Perhaps both! :)
A look forward into next month:
I called for a vote to help decide which flower to make next month. I was going back and forth between redesigning my Rose with a few new ideas I've had recently, or trying out some Orchids. The fans have spoken. Looks like May's Flower of the Month will be the Orchid! I'm very excited! I've been researching and planning... I'm going to try for two potted orchids. A Cymbidium and a Phalaenopsis. Plus a few accessories. Maybe a necklace if I can decide on style. :) Yay!
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. :)
Since I wasn't able to publish any more tutorials last month, I decided to publish two today. The first delves into the Basic Frame, which is the most versatile french beading technique.
The second one I published goes over Lacing, which is a necessary step to prep your petals and leaves for flower assembly.
I do hope you enjoy the tutorials! If you have any feedback or questions regarding my tutorials, you can always contact me!
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!
I finally got my Irises potted.
I don't know how to ship something like this safely, so it's not going up in my Etsy shop until I get that figured out. :S I have very little trust in shipping companies to be careful with fragile boxes that say "this side up" or "handle with care". So... this one might just be saved for when, if ever, I get to do an art fair.
I spent about an hour wrapping one of the stems with embroidery floss (because the stems here are highly visible I wanted them to be nicely finished and floral tape just doesn't do it for me). But after that one stem, and after I'd already spent another two days assembling everything and getting it all prepped... I got really tired of the assembly process. Sometimes you just need to bead.
So I took a day off and tried out a new idea I had for my roses.
I made some roses back in December, and they were made from all rounded petals. I thought they were lovely, but I also had an idea to make the outer petals a little more ruffle-y. I used the split basic technique for them, but I think I made them too pointy, because from some angles they look squared. I'm going to try again later with a thinner wire to see if I can make the wraps more round and less pointy. But this rose will be mine, once I finally complete it. I rarely make anything for myself. I have a whole 1/2 kilo of these light gold beads, so I might just make myself a bouquet. :)
My flower of the Month Challenge for April will feature Daisies. Mostly. I still want to make a couple tulip stems, too. But I'm planning on your regular garden Daisies, as well as Gerbera Daisies. Along with floral stems, I'd like to do some hair clips as well as a little pin in both varieties. I had an idea for making a french beaded basket and filling it with flowers, and I was originally going to use this with daisies and pansies. But now I'm thinking I'll save it for when I do hydrangeas... with some roses and lilies mixed in... Or something. We'll see! It would be a fairly larger project.
Also, this weekend I'm looking at doing my next tutorial, so look forward to that! :)
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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