Just wanted to drop by and share some pics of a couple finished custom orders.
First is the Southern Magnolia that I showed some in progress pics of last week. This is the first flower that I wrapped with silk floss instead of regular embroidery floss. It took forever. The stems are thick and there were tons of them. And the flower is huge, so holding it up and spinning it while wrapping on the floss made my hands cramp. It took hours. But it's so pretty. I really like how glossy and shiny the silk floss is.
Then I also finished another yellow rose. Yellow seems to be the most commonly ordered color of roses. I assumed red or pink would be the most popular, but apparently not. :) I do have a tutorial for this rose available in my Pattern Shop.
This stem was also wrapped with silk floss, but it didn't take nearly as long because the stem isn't as thick. I think I made a new personal best record on how quickly I could make one of my large roses. Usually it takes 4 days or so (only so many hours I can work in a day), but this one I did in 2.5 days. Of course, it was only possible because I slacked off on cleaning for a few days. And don't you know, that's when your in-laws tell you they're coming over for dinner in an hour, which is exactly what happened to me. So I had to throw my kids outside so I could power clean without bowling anyone over. Haha.
Now I'm working on 2 Dahlias. I've got the centers finished for those already. Just need about 50 more petals... Then these tiny little babies will be about 6 inches wide. I am doing this pattern next month (trying to decide on what colors to do, there's so many combos and they are all delicious) and there will be a few alterations to the original design, as well as leaves and a bud too.
But, if you've been looking forward to this tutorial, there is a technique that you need to know first. Last year I developed a new spokes combo technique (while I was designing these Dahlias actually) and it is taught in my Spokes Technique Tutorial, which is available in my Pattern Shop.
Lauren's Creations is moving to a new home on the web! I'm moving my website over piece by piece. Come drop on by the new website - BeadandBlossom.com to see how it's coming along! My shop here on Lauren's Creations will be taken down Oct. 30th to prepare for the move. It will reopen on the new site on November 1st!
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.