Hello lovely people! I've got some more sneak peeks at the wedding bouquet I'm making. :)
Last time I showed you the two Dahlias, and today I get to show you the Roses. After conferring with my customer we went with Ivory satin beads with silver lined crystal beads for the edging on each petal. Here is the large Rose.
And here are the two smaller roses alongside the larger one. And then mixed in with the Dahlias.
The next step are the fillers. I've made some of them and sent samples to my customer. Here's an idea of what we're looking at with the fillers.
Naturally, there will be more of each kind once I'm finished. Plus a couple more types that I haven't made samples for yet, including the filigree leaves and at least one other kind of leaf. Possibly with ruffles.
I really love seeing an idea and a thought becoming tangible. I believe it's coming together quite nicely. Really looking forward to seeing it progress further.
For the last week and a half I have been working on larger custom order. This time it's for a wedding bouquet! It's smaller than my last one, and it will have a cascade shape. I love cascade bouquets and I've been really wanting to make one, so I'm excited.
The bouquet will have Dahlias, which I've already made, and Roses like this white and pink one that I made previously... just in Ivory. And 2 of them will be much smaller.
After sending samples of different rose petals, we've decided to use some Ivory Satin beads with crystal edging. You can kind of see the rose petals off to the side here. You can also see some of the fillers we're using. Lucite flowers with pearls, bugle bead ferns, teardrop crystals. There are more kinds of fillers, too (pearl sprays and crystal flowers with rhinestone buttons and the like), which I'll show later as I get further along in the project.
The whole bouquet is being made in different Ivory beads, with silver lined crystal accents, and just a tiny smidge of white and silver to add some contrast. I'm going to be using some fancy shmancy ruffles, and I'm going to at least try a new technique I was introduced to by a French Beading friend called Filigree. It's really cool so I hope it works well with the other elements in the bouquet. She has a tutorial for the technique, so I'll ask if she'll let me post a link to her tutorial when I start making those leaves.
Suzanne and I are tidying up the last few berry designs for our upcoming tutorial. There are just a few more we need to finesse (I think?), then it's mostly just making all the parts and taking pictures. I'm excited for this tutorial. It's going to teach a lot of new surprisingly easy ideas that I think will be very useful in many applications. Here's another sneak peek. :) Still looking at a release in late May to early June.
Another week, another order finished. This time I got to make some of my older designs.
3 Gerbera Daisies, a stem of Astilbe, and one of my Bearded Irises (from a previous design).
It's starting to be more Spring-y outside. Flowers are starting to bloom, which I love. Our cherry tree is covered, our Peach tree is getting there. Hopefully we won't be hit by a late frost like we have for the last few years. It always kills our blossoms and then we get no fruit that year. So, we're crossing our fingers around here. Fresh peaches are fabulous.
Every Spring we get these wild Violets that grow in our yard. Some people consider them to be weeds, but I think they're cute. Especially when my little boys pick bouquets of them for me. Of course, I measured them... and photographed them. Just in case. :)
For the next few days I will be devoting all my time to a project that I'm doing with Suzanne Steffenson. She approached me with this collaboration idea several months ago, and we've been working on it ever since. Here's a little sneak peek to give you an idea of what we're doing.
Yep! Those are beaded berries. We are doing a pattern/tutorial for how to make various types of berries (and their foliage and whatnot) and there will be a project at the end as well. It's quite a large tutorial. More of a book, actually. But we are very excited about it. I'll have more teaser pictures as the publishing date draws near. We're shooting for May/early June.
Then, later this week I will begin on another custom order. This one is for another wedding bouquet, so I'll be working on it for about a month. There will be more Dahlias, some pretty roses, and lots of little filler stuffs! I have been looking forward to this project for a while now.
As my schedule stands now, I am booked through August. After I finish all of those, I am taking some time to work on some new designs, and possibly get some ready-made flowers listed in my shop. Most of my listings are custom orders, and I'd like to move away from that a little bit. Hopefully that will afford me more time to work on new designs. So I am closed to custom orders until November. That might be extended depending on how much I can get done.
I'm going to go ahead and put this up - it's a schedule of the patterns I have planned for the rest of the year. After the Orchid one I will be pausing patterns so I can make a bunch of flowers for my shop.
And this is a list of my custom orders:
Custom Cascade Wedding Bouquet, Blue Hydrangea, Magnolia, Lavender Ruffled Rose, 2 Yellow Roses, 2 Irises, Pansies, 15x Lily of the Valley
Oh my goodness you guys. I opened my new Dahlia pattern and saw a big typo on the first page that I didn't catch on my umpteen read-through's and I had to let everyone know before they bought that many beads. You only need 300 grams of petal beads, not 500.
The pattern has been corrected, but I just had to try and get the word out to those who have already purchased the original copy of the pattern. Sorry, everyone!
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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