I finally got my Irises potted.
I don't know how to ship something like this safely, so it's not going up in my Etsy shop until I get that figured out. :S I have very little trust in shipping companies to be careful with fragile boxes that say "this side up" or "handle with care". So... this one might just be saved for when, if ever, I get to do an art fair.
I spent about an hour wrapping one of the stems with embroidery floss (because the stems here are highly visible I wanted them to be nicely finished and floral tape just doesn't do it for me). But after that one stem, and after I'd already spent another two days assembling everything and getting it all prepped... I got really tired of the assembly process. Sometimes you just need to bead.
So I took a day off and tried out a new idea I had for my roses.
I made some roses back in December, and they were made from all rounded petals. I thought they were lovely, but I also had an idea to make the outer petals a little more ruffle-y. I used the split basic technique for them, but I think I made them too pointy, because from some angles they look squared. I'm going to try again later with a thinner wire to see if I can make the wraps more round and less pointy. But this rose will be mine, once I finally complete it. I rarely make anything for myself. I have a whole 1/2 kilo of these light gold beads, so I might just make myself a bouquet. :)
My flower of the Month Challenge for April will feature Daisies. Mostly. I still want to make a couple tulip stems, too. But I'm planning on your regular garden Daisies, as well as Gerbera Daisies. Along with floral stems, I'd like to do some hair clips as well as a little pin in both varieties. I had an idea for making a french beaded basket and filling it with flowers, and I was originally going to use this with daisies and pansies. But now I'm thinking I'll save it for when I do hydrangeas... with some roses and lilies mixed in... Or something. We'll see! It would be a fairly larger project.
Also, this weekend I'm looking at doing my next tutorial, so look forward to that! :)
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 publishing patterns and tutorials for three years.
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