This has been quite an experience for me. I started this project as part of my Flower of the Month challenge for January, and it took quite a bit longer than I planned. I've totaled over 90 hours working on this project, spanning about 5 weeks. Now that I see it complete, I'm actually glad that I had to use the diamond-shaped frame. It looks so much more ornate with it and gives the whole piece a larger presence.
I got most of the assembly done last night, but it got late and I was tired so I just went to bed. Then after I got the kiddos out of their morning crankies and fed them, I did a little more work on it. I hung it on my wall for a while so I could look at it. Every time I passed into the room I'd glance at it and over time I realized that I had a few pieces in the wrong spots. So those had to be moved. Then I hung it up again and looked at it in passing a few more times... went outside and covered the driveway with chalk with my 4 year old... and I realized that it needed some more of the fern leaves in a couple of places, just to help balance it out and make it look fuller. So I did that and got those wired in... and then I looked at it some more and I was finally pleased with the result.
This wall hanging has been a wonderful experience for me! It's the largest project I've done to date, and I learned a great deal while making it. I have a few ideas for more wall hanging I'd like to make, but not quite yet. I have a few other projects that need to come first!
For February I decided to use beads that I already had on hand as part of the Flower of the Month challenge. So I went through my beads and tried to figure out what flower I could make with those beads. In my New Year's goals I mentioned I wanted to make Clematis, and that's what I've decided on for this month. Clematis is a vine, and most varieties have large showy flowers with "fringy" centers. (I've tried growing them before, but I can't seem to keep plants alive. :( Fine, I'll just make them out of beads so they can't die on me! Take that!) The ones I'm going to make will be a powder blue, so a lighter blue that's a little purple-y. And what I'm going to turn them into is a garland - the type that you hang on the wall. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to make a corner piece or a straight one. But either way, you can hang them above doorways or picture frames, or windows. I'm also wanting to make a barrette, since it's been a while since I've done those, and possibly a brooch too. That should have me busy for the next two weeks. I actually just sat down tonight and made 18 of the 22 petals I'll need for the Clematis flowers in the garland. I do need to lace them, make the centers, and then a bunch of leaves. Nothing too complex, since the only thing I'll need to do to make it hang-able is to build in some loops on the back. I'm 90% sure I can complete it all by the end of the month. :D
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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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