Finally! I've been working on this PDF Pattern for a full week now. It's 59 pages long, contains over 100 pictures and detailed written instructions for every step.
This version is a full tutorial, meant for those who have only a little or no experience with making french beaded flowers. Find the tutorial in my pattern shop.
Please note that my design is copyright protected. I am offering it for personal, non-commercial use only.
Red is the Rose that in yonder garden grows...
Okay, so supposedly June and July are going to be Rose months. But now June is close to being over and I hadn't finished anything. I think after the hectic first week I had, my fingers just didn't want to bead very fast. (I had five orders in one week, two were custom orders, and packaging is very time consuming so I was up over my head and I nearly died!) One of those custom orders was for a rose... but I was in such a hurry that I forgot to take a picture of it. :S
This month I've been playing with several Rose things. I started a necklace, but my design flopped so I need to rethink things. Originally I had my beaded rose off-centered, but it proved to be too heavy. So I need to center it and re-bead the necklace strands and such. *Sigh* Unfortunately, since I don't work from patterns, many of my designs just don't work and I get to go back to the drawing board. In this case, I should have known this would happen, but I think my brain was numb and I was too excited.
Then I played around with a new rose pattern. I had a couple of ideas to improve the shape of my petals. One of my experiments failed. I was trying a new idea to make some heart-shaped petals. That combo of techniques didn't work out so well (I was doing a double scallop right at the top of the petal, so two scallops built on top of each other to form one big scallop). But I'm going to try one more time for heart-shaped with another technique. I'll let you know how that works out.
Another shape I was playing with was a wavy type. I think the technique I was using is actually a Ukrainian or Russian instead of the French method. :S I don't know. But I liked the result, I just didn't like that I couldn't do a reverse wrap at the bottom of the outer petals to hide the wires inside the flower. I will still be using this technique to make a few roses. Just not this time.
I ended up going through six hanks of these red beads, just playing around with petal shapes. :S I'm going to have to disassemble my mistakes to finish out this arrangement I'm working on.
So I made a large rose, bigger than my old design, but with the same basic round shaped petals. I did liven up my leaves a bit by changing the shape and size. :) And I really love the result.
It's very heavy though. This particular rose will be part of a larger rose arrangement. I'm going to make one bud and one smaller full rose along with more leaves. Possibly some baby's breath. :) But I did get up a custom-order listing in my Etsy Shop for the one stem. https://www.etsy.com/listing/193789556/large-french-beaded-rose-in-red-made-to?ref=shop_home_active_1
Next week I will be making a pattern for a smaller version of this rose, and it will be available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. :) I'm excited!
Last week I started on a custom order with a timeline that was shorter than I would have liked. But I have succeeded!
When I began this project, I was going to use these light pink beads with a red center. I made all the petals, laced them, and sewed in the ruffles on the edge. Some of the petals I made a few times trying to get the right size ratio and shapes. It wasn't until after I tried making the giant ruffled center a few times in red that I realized that it looked like a giant Valentine, and that the bright red center was overpowering the light pink.
So I made an entire second set of Cattleya petals in a light coral-y pink with the bright red center. But it still didn't look right. So I picked my light pink petals back up and switched the center to a wine red. Made the giant ruffled center two times to be happy with it... then I picked one of them and completely assembled the flower.
You know how sometimes something looks really good in your head, and even while you're designing it and holding all the pieces together to get a good visual and you're thinking that it's going to be wonderful? But then you finish and you look at it... and hate it? That happened. I put in all these late nights slaving away at this project and thought I had something amazing. I finished that flower late last night, then realized that I really didn't like it at all. The colors were suddenly horrific together, and it made no sense at all. I knew it was bad when my husband hesitated before saying, "It looks fine." I was pretty embarrassed by it, which is why I'm not posting pictures of that one... My heart would not allow me to put my name to such a yucky flower, so I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning fixing it until I was satisfied. Luckily, I already had another set of petals, so I just needed a different center to work with them.
My fingers are actually sore. I haven't had a project do that to me in a long time. :)
Here is the final piece!
I will try to get a listing up for a custom Cattleya set up in my Etsy Shop soon!
I also have an order for a pink rose that I've already started on. (My brain needed a break from all those Cattleya ruffles one night so I made all the leaves and most of the petals). It should be finished sometime tomorrow. :) Woohoo!
I sure could use a nap!
I started working on a Phalaenopsis Orchid clip/comb (I couldn't decide which). Here's a picture of how far I got.
It took quite a few tries to get all the petals the size and shape that I wanted them.
But then I got a request to make a small custom Cattleya Orchid arrangement! That takes priority, of course. I am very excited!
I have a deadline coming up fast, so I'm going to be pushing myself to finish. Last night I stayed up pretty late finishing the main petals for the orchid. They are huge, and the biggest petals needed to be ruffled, which was tedious work. They will have a little more shape to them once I'm completely done.
Still to make is the gigantic central lip, which will have more ruffles than the bigger petals. I'm thinking three rows? That might make it too heavy and thick/clunky looking, so I might end up going with two rows, or make the third inner row with really small ruffles. :S This orchid will be about 7 inches wide once I'm done, which makes it the largest flower I have made to date.
I also need some large orchid leaves and some long skinny fern leaves.
Naturally, this means my roses are put on hold until after the 9th next week. (That's my deadline.) I have so many ideas. I wasn't going to be making many accessories, but then I had a few more ideas and I do want to make them all. Last month I was a little disappointed that I didn't get all my orchids done, and I kind of wanted to continue doing orchids. But I was also really wanting to do roses. They've been enticing me for months. So my orchid ideas will wait for some spare time between flowers, or if I need a break. And I might end up doing Roses for two months. :)
As a little side note, in my Etsy shop I got four sales in two days, which is kind of a record for me. Haha. It was rather exciting. I have an app on my phone that makes a "cha-ching!" sound when someone purchases something from my shop. Last month was so slow that I could hardly believe my little ears when it went off twice one day, and then twice again yesterday.
Anyways, my week will be crazy. Even more so because my husband has quite a few super late nights this week at work. :S
Hello everyone! It's been a busy few weeks for me, as usual. My sister came to visit with her baby, who I got to meet for the first time. I was pretty lazy while they were here, as far as chores and working on my flowers.
But I did manage to finish my potted Orchids.
What do you think? I live in a small town, and my selection of pots and bowls for potting is limited. So I found a regular glass one, then painted and sealed the inside before potting my Orchids in plaster with a covering of moss.
This piece will remain in my personal collection. I'm too attached to let it leave.
Tonight I begin work on a white Phalaenopsis Orchid hair clip, and that will, sadly, be my last orchid design. I had so many more ideas, but I just didn't get to make them. Oh well. They are now filed under the "later" category.
I redesigned my website... again. I'm just never satisfied.
Here's what I have planned for June:
My flower of the month will be Roses. I will be making quite a few of them, some with my old pattern. But I will also be trying out some new techniques to see if I can improve them a bit. Since I'm working on Roses, I will be making a pattern for them, which will be available for purchase once I'm done.
I only have a couple of accessory/jewelry ideas, so most of my work will be full flowers.
I also plan on doing a free tutorial for flower assembly. I showed a little bit about this at the end of my Daisy tutorial, but daisies only have a few stems to worry about, so I thought I would show assembly for multi-layered flowers.
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 about six years now, and publishing patterns and tutorials for three years.
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