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.
I also have a little poll going to figure out which pattern/tutorial to do for April. I do have a long list of patterns that have been requested, so I've chosen these two choices based on the most requested patterns and tutorials.
Hydrangea.... or a hair accessory packet with tutorials for a bunch of different types - clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, hair vines, bobby pins... etc. So far, Hydrangea is winning. Leave me a comment with your preference. :)
And I've got a little sale going for custom orders. I've got a bit of a wait list, so I'm offering a discount to anyone who is willing to wait a little longer than normal. This offer is available in my Etsy Shop via a coupon code - WAITLIST15 and is viable on any custom or made to order purchases before March 12th.
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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