Hello there! I have been working like a mad woman trying to get this pattern finished while not getting behind on the custom wedding bouquet I'm working on. I finally got it published yesterday, but then the people who depend on me started needing things, so I didn't get a chance to update my blog with the news until this morning.
My recent Ball Dahlia pattern is now available in my Pattern Shop!
I had so many people asking about this pattern, so I've been trying my hardest to get it done for you guys. However, just fair warning, this is a harder pattern, mostly due to the assembly, so I've labeled it an Advanced Pattern. The techniques required are Intermediate level, nothing super tricky if you have a decent amount of experience with French Beading.
Wedding Bouquet Update
Here is a little update on how the custom bouquet is progressing. I've finished all the berries and lavender, and am now working on filler leaves and the pansy boutonniere.
While working on the lavender I decided to try a new design, which in my opinion looks a little more like real lavender than my older design. In the pictures below the new design is on the left and the old one on the right.
The bride I'm working with has chosen the older one, so that's the one that's going in the bouquet. I am getting so close to finishing this project and I'm so thrilled with how it's turning out. SOON!
I've got some neat stuff planned, so here's what's coming up in the near future.
First off, next week I will be publishing a guest article written by the marvelous Suzanne Steffenson on making miniature sized French Beaded Flowers using miniature sized seed beads.
Then sometime later this month I'll be publishing my Asiatic Lily pattern. Luckily, that one is not too difficult, so it will be easier for me to make, photograph, edit, write, and publish it.
After that I'll be doing a Technique Tip post on Scalloping (that one might run into September, depending on how long it takes me to record and edit a video...)
AND in the not-as-near-future... Once I'm finished with this wedding bouquet I'll be working furiously on another project as well, and it's a big one. Big enough that I'm questioning my sanity and my ability to make wise decisions. I can't remember if I've mentioned this before on my blog, but I'm working on a Christmas Collection of patterns. I guess it's actually multiple projects, that are one collective large project. I've gotten a small portion of it written already. What's different about this publication is that I'm going to try self-publishing it as an actual, real book through Amazon's Create Space. This will be my first adventure in publishing a physical book, so I'm using this one as a trial to see how it goes. I will be repeating two of my patterns from previously published PDF's in the collection, but they will have some slight alterations to them. Plus lots of new material that I haven't published before. I'll be showing you all how to make one of my wall hangings in there as well.
Super excited! I've been looking forward to this all year! I am super pumped up and ready to go! My husband, not so much. He knows that I'm going to be a crazy person until I get this thing published. There will be lots of late nights and probably tears and hysterical laughter mixed in as well, but it's all worth it in the end. I've always wanted to write a book, so it's a major goal I can check off my list of things to accomplish.
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 teaching French Beading through my website for about four years.
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