I absolutely must begin by sending a big thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Beaded Berry Collection since it's release a few weeks ago. I hope you are all enjoying the tutorial.
There were a couple people who had some problems receiving the emailed receipt, and couldn't download their copy. In all of these cases the emails couldn't be delivered due to a typo in the email address at checkout. I have emailed new copies to each of you, though a couple did not respond so I'm not sure if you received them. If you are one of those people and did not get your copy, please let me know!
The past few weeks I've been working on a personal project, just to clear my head. I've been feeling the Christmas Spirit a little early this year. I'll blame the baby hormones... so I decided to do something Christmas-y to help ease the slow passage of time until the actual holiday. So, here is my newest arrangement featuring one of my Poinettias, some pine cone branches, berries, and some leaves.
I potted the arrangement in a cute little wooden pedastal bowl I found at a local thirft shop.
When I started this piece I was going to make new pine needles using the Fringe technique, but it was painfully slow. I'd make a huge long string of fringes, then wrap it around a stem wire... over and over and over... and no matter how many times I did that it didn't seem I was making any progress. So I switched back to my usual ones made from bugle beads. I guess I don't have the patience for making thousands of fringes.
Most of the beads in this project are 2 or 3 cut seed beads in several different sizes. The Poinsettia is made from 2 cut satins, which are absolutely gorgeous. My camera can't seem to catch it, but they shimmer like super sparkly silk. It's amazing. Love those beads. But, I used the cut beads because they have extra facets that make them more sparkly, and Christmas is just sparkly so it felt like a good fit.
Up next I'm working on a Cymbidium Orchid (maybe 2). I'm using orange for one of them because I never get to work with orange, and I have these really pretty orange satin beads I want to use. While I'm working I'll be taking pictures so I can publish the pattern.
After that I'm going to be working on christmas gifts and other pet projects that I've been dying to do, and some kind of free tutorial for you guys (haven't decided what to do yet, though someone mentioned the daisy chain I posted about a while back).
A big thank you to everyone who purchased the Hydrangea and Lily of the Valley patterns I published last time. I do greatly appreciate your support, and I hope you are enjoying the patterns.
My friends, last night I was finally able to publish "Beaded Berry Collection" on my website!! After so many months of work, it feels a little strange to actually be finished with this project. But here she is! Suzanne and I are both very excited.
As with the other patterns, this one is in PDF format. It's 45 pages long and has over 180 pictures. It does use a mix of French and Victorian beading. It contains individual patterns for Raspberry, Blackberry, and Blueberry branches, and a Strawberry plant. Also, the book teaches the Basic Frame Berry Technique and the Victorian Technique. And, at the very end, there are instructions for making your very own berry candle ring like the one shown on the cover above.
It is available only in the Pattern Shop on my website, not in my Etsy pattern shop. This is because I can only list things in my Etsy shop that I make all by myself, and there are two authors involved here. For it to be "Etsy-legal" I'd have to add Suzanne as a employee in my business and as a member of my Etsy Shop. So, unfortunately I cannot list it there.
I tried making it a "true ebook" in ePub format, but it's extremely difficult to format properly. With so many pictures that need to be kept with certain text for it to make sense, and since ePubs generally reformat the pages to fit the device screen... it was just painful. They have a fixed format ePub, which supposedly doesn't move the pictures and words around, and I tried to do it that way. Followed the instructions exactly on formatting and it still ended up weird with the pictures scattered all over the place. So, unfortunately, it's just not going to work as an ePub. So it's a digital book, which you can also print out. :)
I announced the release on Facebook last night, and several people have already gotten their own copy. So far, everyone who has messaged me about it loves it.
This was my first experience doing a multiple-pattern book, and it was such fun. Exhausting, and challenging, but very rewarding. I do plan on making more of these in the future, but also still doing individual patterns as well.
Something else that is new... some of you may have already noticed... I was able to upgrade my website so I can sell digital products directly on my website instead of using a third party for my Pattern Shop. It allows me a little more flexibility and control, with better order management and accounting. Plus, I noticed with the Payhip shop that many people would buy several patterns at a time, but checkout for each one individually. Payhip (my third party shop front) made it a little difficult to see that there is a shopfront you can return to and add multiple products to a shopping cart at once. My website does have SSL security, so any personal information is encrypted.
The old coupon code still works, and I've added a few more. All of which you can find on the side bar >>> over there on my Blog. (If you're on a mobile device they might be all the way down at the bottom). So, now when you checkout you'll receive an email with a link to download your pattern(s). And as always, if you have any questions or comments about your patterns you can always email me.
On to the next project! First, I desperately need to clean my studio. I haven't reorganized it since May (when I learned I was pregnant and ended up super ill for forever) but I've done quite a few projects since then. Then, I'm going to do some "palate cleanser projects" just to relax a bit and free my mind. Then I'm going to try to get one or two Orchid patterns published, since I've published so few patterns this year. After that I'll be doing whatever the heck I want. Christmas designs and gifts, a wall hanging for my baby girl, and other flowers and things I've been wanting to do forever but have been too jam packed with custom work to do. I'm also going to try to get some kind of free tutorial published as well. It's been a while since I've done one of those and I'd like to give something to everyone who has supported me and my tiny little business.
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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