After many hours of hard work pushing through this weekend, I did manage to finish my French Beaded Cattelya Orchid Sculpture! I love it. It turned out so much better than I thought it would.
I had the idea to use roots to make the base of sculptures a while back and I thought this would be a good one to try it on. The roots and stems are all wrapped with beads. That took hours to finish. The finished piece measures 14 1/2 inches tall, while the base is 8 x 8 inches. The flowers are each 6 inches wide. I have decided to sell this piece, so it is listed in my Etsy Shop.
Also, the petals are made using my Fancy Ruffle Technique! I have just published the PDF tutorial for this technique (and many other variations of the ruffle) in my Pattern Shop. I've called this tutorial "Decorative Edges" because it encompasses several types of frilly, ruffly add-ons that add some fun to your petals and leaves.
Hello everyone! My little fingers have been busy beading. This week is a super busy one for me. I'm pushing myself to the limits trying to work on and finish multiple projects. First off, I'm nearly finished with both my Cattelya Orchid and the Fancy Ruffles (Decorative Edges) tutorial. I'm hoping those will be done on Saturday, though it may not be until Monday...
Also, I have a large custom order for my very first Wedding Bouquet. I've managed to complete 3 of the Ruffled Roses and 5 Lavender stems.
While I was making the last Lavender stem this morning I thought, this is super easy. Why not do super fast tutorial for it! So I did, and posted it in my Free Tutorials section. Take a peek at the tutorial.
Next I will be putting all my energy into the Fancy Ruffles Tutorial and Cattelya Orchid Sculpture. :)
I am finally back from vacation! My 5 year old broke his elbow and we get to replace all the tires on my van, but it was otherwise a fun trip. It's been three years since I've seen my parents, so this was the first time they've met my 2 year old. Anyways, I'm home now and I'm jumping right to work.
In my Free Tutorials section you will find a new Technique Tutorial for Simple Ruffles and Fringe. Originally I was going to do one Tutorial for both Simple and Fancy Ruffles that I was going to publish in my Pattern Shop, but I decided that the Simple Ruffle belonged in the Free Tutorials. My Fancy Ruffle Tutorial is separate as it is a more advanced technique. It was inspired by some flowers I've seen around the web. I wanted to be able to make super frilly petals, so I played around until I found a way to do it. Since I've never seen a tutorial for this type of Ruffle I wanted to publish my version so others can learn a little more easily than I did. Those who wish to learn it will be able to find that in my Pattern Shop next week.
Currently I have two beaded flower projects going. One is a sculpture for some Cattelya Orchids featuring a new pattern. I am almost finished with that one, so hopefully I will have pictures sometime next week along with the Fancy Ruffle Tutorial.
The second project is a big one - a Custom Order for a WEDDING BOUQUET!!!! And a boutonniere. I'm pretty dang excited. I will be making three of my Ruffled Roses, Three smaller Peonies, Three Anemones, Two Large Dahlias, Billy Balls, Lavender, Astilbe... yeah it's a big project. I've almost got all the petals for my three ruffled roses. I have over a month to complete it, but it will still be a push to finish.
Wow. This is the strangest feeling. This Sunflower piece and I have been best friends for 5 weeks now (4 weeks if you subtract the time it took me to make the frame I decided not to use...). It feels weird to be done. Part of me will miss working on it, but the rest of me is just excited to move onto the next project. :)
Here are the pictures of my French Beaded Sunflower Wall Bouquet!! Hope you guys like it. It measures 20 inches tall by approx 12 inches wide.
I also did complete the custom Gerbera Daisy brooch I mentioned last week. Made in silver-lined crystal and Sangria. This pic was taken just before putting the backing on, just in case my customer needed any changes made.
Hmmm... what to make next... I do want to do a standing Sunflower sculpture and I already have some of the petals for it. I'm also wanting to do a sculpture of Asiatic Lilies, or some Hibiscus. But, I'm going on vacation starting this coming Sunday... so maybe I should just make a few small things. Like a hair piece or two and a few necklaces? Or something... I'll figure it out. :)
I will be doing a free tutorial for those fern leaves, so watch for that in the next few weeks.
This project sure is taking a long time! But I'm nearing the end now, so hopefully it will be done sometime next week.
Here is how my sunflower wall bouquet is coming along. I've made two smaller sunflowers and I remade the mini daisies. The ones I made previously were just too big and when I added them to see what they looked like they overpowered the sunflowers, which was not what I wanted. So I micro-sized them. Still not sure if I like them in the final arrangement though. I might need to play around with the positions and such to make it all work. But I'm getting closer!
Now all I really need is more foliage, which I've already started on. A few more ferns in various sizes, and maybe some branches of smaller leaves or seeded Eucalyptus, along with the large light green leaves that I've already made. Or maybe some long grass-like sprays here and there for fun. Who knows. Don't know if I will do more of the fiddle head ferns or not. But I do need leaves between the flowers I think.
This piece is a symbolic one. Not sure if I mentioned it before but this is something I'm making for my husband. He loves sunflowers. So, the two large sunflowers are me and my husband. The two baby sunflowers are our two little boys. There are 7 mini daisies representing the 7 years we have been married.
Of course, I will have to pause work on this for a few days while I complete a custom order for a Gerbera Daisy Brooch. :) Next week I should (finally) have pictures of my completed Sunflower bouquet and the brooch.
The platform that I use for my patterns (PayHip) has upgraded their coupon options. Before I could only make coupons that worked for one specific pattern. Now I can make one coupon that will work with any pattern, or any number of patterns. So I have made a special one for those who read my blog that will give you 20% off as a thank you for your support and for reading my blog. The code is: BEADER20 (that is a zero, not an O). You can enter that at checkout to receive a discount. It will never expire and can be used every time you buy one of my patterns, so please do make use of it! :)
To make it easier to find, I have copied the code into the sidebar over here...ish >>>
I haven't decided which flower pattern I will do for June, but I at least want to do new technique tutorial for Ruffles and Fringe. We do have a week long family reunion that we will be attending, so that may be the only new PDF I get to make this month just due to lack of time. (My grandma, who is planning the reunion, has drafted me to teach the children how to make beaded animals. I've only ever made lizards and dragonflies with string and those big plastic pony beads, and she was planning on using wire and 4mm beads... so I guess I need to figure out how to make them. I'm assuming the process is similar. Haha, so I might have pictures of some of those too.)
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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