I took a vote on my Facebook page about which pattern I should publish next, a large Dahlia, or a new Rose. The Dahlia won the vote by a large margin, so that's what I've been working on the last couple of weeks.
Originally I was going to publish just the large Split-Tip (aka Laciniated) Dahlia, and I was perfectly on schedule to have that ready by the end of August. But then my little brain had an idea for a smaller one and I had to try that too. So, now I have two new patterns! Just a little later than I wanted because I had twice as much work to do.
Large Split-Tip Dahlia
This is the large variety! This flower measures 7 inches across. And it's super heavy as a result.
You might recognize this design from a previous flower I made for a custom order last year.
Since I first published pictures of this piece - "Dahlia Harvest" - I've received so many requests for the pattern for this flower. So, I included this more advanced coloring pattern as part of the pattern. Just like with the recent Moth Orchid pattern, it is impossible to give exact bead counts. Every petal is different. But I do show the exact beads I used, and close up pictures of the petals and parts, along with some notes about creating the shading effect.
Small Split-Tip Dahlia
This next one is the reason why I was late on August's pattern. I really wanted to publish them both at the same time. This is not a smaller version of the large one. The flower is a different style as well, and I don't mean just the coloring.
This pattern produces a 4 inch flower. The petals are made using my Continuous Basic Frame technique, which not only slims down the flower stem, but makes assembly much faster and easier.
And here's a size comparison of the two dahlias. On a bright blue background because I wanted to see what it would look like. :)
I do hope you guys will enjoy these two new patterns. It seems like everyone is enjoying the free Globe Amaranth video and PDF that I published a couple weeks ago. If you have pictures of some that you've made from my video tutorial I would love to see them!
Now, I've promised my husband that I would take a few days off, which is going to be really hard for me. There's so much I want to do! Anyways, I'll post next time about some experiments. :)
- Lauren Harpster
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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